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100-Year Old Man

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The international publishing sensation—over two million copies sold

A reluctant centenarian with a life much like Forrest Gump’s (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . .

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, he has actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

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Critical Praise

“[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>

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443450447
  • ISBN 10: 1443450448
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/28/2016
  • Pages: 528
  • List Price: 10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

100-Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

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