- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (28 June 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443450448
- ISBN-13: 978-1443450447
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.4 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
100-Year Old Man Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jun 2016
Library Binding, Large Print, Import
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“[A] witty caper. ★★★1/2” (<em>People</em>)
“[A] silly and wonderful novel. [The scenes] will just keep readers amused almost non-stop, and that’s a feat few writers achieve. A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older.” (<em>Kirkus Reviews</em> (starred review))
“The anti Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. . . . Jonasson’s lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . . . hilarious.” (<em>Marie Claire</em>)
“Scandi-crime’s signature darkness is here dispelled by Allan Karlsson, the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people’s home one afternoon. . . . Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny.” (<em>The Guardian</em>)
[A] laugh-out-loud debut. . . . Historical figures like Mao’s third wife, Vice President Truman, and Stalin appear, to great comic effect. Other characters—most notably Albert Einstein’s hapless half-brother—are cleverly spun into the raucous yarn, and all help drive this gentle lampoon of procedurals and thrillers.” (<em>Publishers Weekly</em> (starred review))
“Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way.” (<em>The Bookseller</em>)
“This quirky novel is a sly, satirical look back at international relations in the 20th century through the eyes of an old man who has seen it all.” (<em>Library Journal</em>)
“Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind.” (<em>The Telegraph</em>)
About the Author
Jonas Jonasson is the author of the international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, now a major motion picture. Prior to his success as a novelist, Jonas was a journalist for the Swedish newspaper Expressen for many years, and later became a media consultant and founded a production company specializing in sporting events for Swedish television, which he sold before moving abroad to work on his first novel. He is the author of the internationally successful novels The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden and Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All. He lives on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.
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This particular book is hilarious from the word go. The 100 year old man, Allan Karlsson, who believes - what happens happens; what will happen will happen - lives a serendiptous life with no specific purpose or ambition. Things just happen to him and he is ok with it provided he gets Vodka and food whenever he needs. He believes, teetollars are a threat to the world. He don't like following rules so the disappearance from the old age home on his 100th birthday. He don't spend time thinking on things he need to do. He blows up his house( twice) literally and travels all around the world without any proper documentation. He spends 15 years on vacation on the money of world's top leaders. His forte is blowing up things. Yes, he is an explosive expert and that makes him favourite to many top world leaders. He does random things like just jumping out of the old age home window and vanish. Not just that. His expedition is full of adventures that he never planned - a random theft on a whim, two murders, one half murder.
A hilarious story that will make you fall in love with the protagonist. You may also end up wishing for a life similar to his. I did. I can read this one again. A happy, positive and fun read. A movie has been made out of this book in 2014. Curious to watch it.😊
The book cleverly links the main character to some of the famous historical people of the 20th century, like Franco, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Harry Truman, Kim Jong II etc. Author Jonas Jonasson's tone is matter of fact, but the story is absolutely hilarious. The humour was deadpan and relied on absurd situations but worked wonderfully. I just loved Allan Karlsson and all his adventures. And a word of praise for Rod Bradbury's excellent translation.
The book is just amazing. It's one of those books that I have been recommending people since I have read it (even gifted to a few of them). The adventures of Allan Karlsson has been so unique that it impresses even the ones who do not appreciate humor. The book has subtle references to a lot of historical events that has taken place in the last century but is not a preachy history lesson that many books tend to. Pick it up, read it now and start your adventure to an hilarious roller coaster ride of the century.
Well, the story of 100 years old Allan Emanuel Karlsson was very eventful and hilarious. But i felt the book was kind of at a same level all throughout. There were few fizzes now and then but that's all. I felt it like those Bollywood comic movies which are one time watchable and people eventually forget about them.
The book was similar to 'A man called Ove'.
Overall a very good read.