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Publisher's Note:

The international publishing sensation--over six million copies sold worldwide! A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (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 healt…

Overall Book Review:

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is the kind of book that will make you laugh out loud on the bus. It is ridiculously hilarious. Just like in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Jonas Jonasson tells a brilliant story that is utterly irreverent, complete with absurd characters and an insane plot that will take you on an exciting ride.

When Allan Karlsson decides to abscond from his 100th birthday party, chaos errupts. As Allan sweeps other characters into an unbelievable vortex of mischief, and as they fumble their way through the incredible mess they’ve made, the reader learns about his crazy life in a disordered chronology of events that is as engaging as it is fascinating. Allan’s encounters with several real-life political figures is a bit of a stretch and makes the story almost cartoonish at parts, but it is entertaining enough that it almost does not matter. 

Jonas Jonasson is a truly gifted storyteller and in The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared he has whipped up another remarkable adventure. 

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 4 religious exclamations; 32 mild obscenities; 4 derogatory names; 3 scatological words; 4 f-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore: A few scenes of property damage and explosions; threats of death and violence; reports of child and adult beatings; secondhand reports of several injuries, natural deaths and murders; characters plot murder, torture and other forms of violence in a few scenes; a few scenes of people torn apart in explosions; brief mentions of accidental deaths and deterioration or mishandling of corpses; report of armed robbery, crime, stabbings and narcotics trade; 2 mentions of animal death; 2 characters are crushed in machines; many reports of people killed in wars; reports of imprisonment, colonization and sex slavery; a character is killed by an elephant; brief mention of a plan to brutally rape and kill a woman; man tries to sell his daughter; account of a character tortured and run over by a truck; many deaths in a natural disaster, a government crackdown, and a suicide bomb attack; a brief account of political unrest.

Sex/Nudity:  Brief mention of contraception; vague report of cessation of marital sexual activity; vague mentions of male castration; mention of prostitution; vague mention of sexual expectations; report of affair; characters are made to strip in a non-explicit non-sexual scene; implication of sexual activity; brief mention of a plan to brutally rape and kill a woman.

Mature Subject Matter:

Dangerous child labor, wars, contemplated and attempted suicide, illegal trade.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drink and get drunk in several scenes; characters smoke in few scenes.

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I have been an avid reader since I have been able to read. When I was a kid, I read everything I could lay my hands on – storybooks, newspapers, bibles, pamphlets, textbooks and even product labels. I constantly made trips with my parents to bookstores and libraries, and I have developed a dependence on fictional books, especially action, adventure, mystery and fantasy. I truly believe that reading is the best kind of mental therapy there is, and that the world would be a better place if more people read books.