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"[A] witty caper. ***1/2"
"[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."
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The anti Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. . . Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden. . . . hilarious."
"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 . . . Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir."
"[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."
-Publishers Weekly, Starred
"A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully."
-The Sunday Times
"Eccentric, unusual and far-fetched in the best possible way."
"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."
"Imaginative, laugh-out-loud . . . a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind."