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The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

Author: Jonas Jonasson; Rod Bradbury
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2012.
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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 in 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 vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous stories
Humorous fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jonasson, Jonas, 1961-
100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.
New York : Hyperion, ©2012
(OCoLC)811247286
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonas Jonasson; Rod Bradbury
ISBN: 9781401324643 1401324649
OCLC Number: 778416495
Description: 384 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann.
The one hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared
Responsibility: Jonas Jonasson ; translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury.

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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 in 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 vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). 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, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle.

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