This internationally best-selling debut by Scandinavian phenomenon Jonas Jonasson whisks you off on a whirlwind adventure like no other. Opening with the less-than-daring escape of Allan Karlsson through his bedroom window at the local old people’s home on the morning of his hundredth birthday, this utterly charming novel will soon have you under its spell.
The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared takes the reader on a tour of the 20th Century, as throughout Allan’s life he encounters (and inadvertently causes) major world events through Europe, America, and parts of Asia. This fun, Forrest Gump-esque retrospect is expertly intertwined with Allan’s current escapades, as he soon finds himself on the run from both a violent biker gang and the police. But with a bit of luck, a bit of daring, some new found friends, an escaped circus elephant and a stolen suitcase, Allan might just find his happily ever after after all.