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Set in Sweden, this is a really funny novel; intriguing, warm and a bit whimsical and with oblique references to history and politics.
Allan Karlsson is in a nursing home in his old age and wants it to be his last stop – he’s bored in his hundredth year of life.
For his 100th birthday, a big celebration is planned with the mayor, the press, TV and all the nursing home staff. But Allan, wanting more freedom and more grog, climbs out of the window in his slippers without a plan and accidentally starts out on an hilarious and unexpected journey.
While waiting at a bus station, on a whim, he steals a suitcase which surprisingly is stuffed with cash! So the story unfolds with a few thugs, some deaths, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator and an elephant!
This would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but not for Allan. During his long life, he has been part and parcel of some of the most important events of the twentieth century. As an explosives expert, he was involved in the development of the atom bomb, and has travelled throughout the world, rubbing shoulders with VIPs including Stalin, Churchill, Truman and Mao, Franco, and De Gaulle.
The deaths excite the interest of the local police and a care worn investigator chases Allen and friends across the countryside, adding tension to the humour and culminating in a funny confrontation in a remote farmhouse.