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The 100-year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared – by Jonas Jonasson

October 4, 2013

jonassonThis best-selling Swedish phenomenon is worth a read. It’s an amusing tale about a Allan Karlsson, who on his 100th birthday decided he had enough of the Old Folk’s Home, went on his way and ended up on such an escapade, involving – among other things – an elephant, a hot-dog stand vendor, a corpse or two, and lots of vodka.  Before this adventure, Allan had many more over his long lifetime, including an enjoyable lunch with US President Truman, a not so enjoyable dinner with Stalin, comforting a youthful Kim Jong Il, and enjoying the fine life in Bali for 15-or-so years, and teaching both the US and Russia how to make the atomic bomb. As the book jacket states, his life is kind of like that of Forrest Gump. Except Allan is much more amusing and world-travelling, and drinks more vodka.  An enjoyable and witty read.

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