Most of the book is about the resolution of that promise and the people who enter Welin's life as a result of his reunion with Harriet. The very presence of other human beings disturbs him profoundly. There are also deaths, none of them violent. Without much effort, he took the role as the black creature that lived beneath the forest black pond, choosing loneliness is easier than to be left lonely. When an unexpected visitor alters his life completely, thus begins an eccentric, elegiac journey—one that shows Mankell at the very height of his powers as a novelist.
O único contacto humano que tem é com o carteiro, Jansson, a quem proibiu de trazer publicidade. Overall, this is a reasonable book worthy of reading. Haunted by memories of the terrible mistake that drove him to this island and away from a successful career as a surgeon, he lives in a stasis so complete an anthill grows undisturbed in his living room. I found myself easily turning the pages and wanting to know where this was going. This novel is not part of the Wallander series and no crime is involved. Add to this a thought-provoking and intriguing story and it really is difficult to ask for more. .
There was something especially humiliating about the thought of imminent death because I could no longer pee properly. He's not a criminal per se but a man that just didn't care and if that's had consequences than it's for others not Fredrik. This is a great little book, which I highly recommend. Mais uma obra-prima do meu autor preferido, Henning Mankell. The book is a psychological study where Fredrik attempts to redeem himself for past mistakes.
No entanto, até por razões profissionais, o que me surpreende de uma forma subtil são as preocupações ambientais e climatéricas que Mankell evidencia em toda a narrativa. An unexpected change of events, which is not very typical of an excellent crime writer, and the author's understanding of one ageing person's feelings make this book a high quality reading for people who can live the life of the main hero for quite a while and sympathise with him. But I don't want to clarify it, lest I impose my rationalism on this forcefully emotional story. However, it emerges that she has another motive for visiting him - one that will prove to be the catalyst for major changes in his life. Welin does not like Jansson and is always brusque with him.
Henning Mankell is not an innovative avant-garde stylist in Swedish. A sudden arrival of a woman he once loved and her daughter change his life completely, and he now thinks that 12 years of his lonely life were wasted. Not a mystery, at least, not a typical Mankell mystery. Now in the late stages of a terminal illness, she wants to visit a small lake in northern Sweden, a place Welin's father took him once as a boy. As the revelations about his past life unfold with each new character's appearance, the plot becomes deeper and more engrossing.
Not all authors deal with older people an exception being Ring Lardner who, despite dying young himself, featured them in several of his stories. It focuses on a retired surgeon who left his profession in disgrace and lives alone on a small island in the Stockholm archipelago. With her agreement he visits her, finding that she now looks after troubled girls one of whom, Sima, will later visit him on his island. Geloofwaardige en krachtige personages Juist op tijd uitgelezen voor de bespreking in de bib leesclub vanavond. But nobody seems to have noticed. This a wonderful book that one reviewer correctly described as a kind of delicious vintage wine to be savored slowly.
She has sought him out in the hope that he will honour a promise made many years ago. This book, Italian Shoes, is not a Kurt Wallander mystery; however, it contains many of the elements of the Wallander series: a wounded main character who is lost in his own past failings; a landscape as cold and barren as the main character's life; and a parade of secondary characters as eccentric as they are deeply developed. As do most people outside Sweden, I came to Mankell via his Wallander police procedurals and it was only when I was deprived of those that I moved on to and was won over by the anti-hero, Lars Tobiasson-Svartman, and Mankell's ability to evoke the fog- and ice-bound islands of the archipelago. Tudo muda com esta mulher que lhe dá a conhecer outra mulher. To avoid being abandoned, he had taken departures without saying goodbye - being the one who walked away first was a lot more livable.
She's standing on ice in the bay near Welin's farm. The usual melancholy atmosphere seems to have found an appropriate place to land: in the heart of a man whose mistakes and fears have driven him to an isolated island. Through his anti-hero Welin, Mankell tackles ageing and death with sensitivity and acuity, and as with the critically acclaimed Depths, delivers a moving tour-de-force on the frailty of mankind. I finished the book with a feeling of hope that there was a better future ahead — which is rather unusual With Mankell's books. While a young man, he had a torrid affair with a young woman who he abandoned without explanation. I did feel that this is a novel that always keeps the reader at a slight distance.