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by Henning Mankell


Translated by Laurie Thompson

Translated by Laurie Thompson.

This short novel by Swedish writer Henning Mankell is the first of several books about Joel, a 12 year old growing up in a remote part of Northern Sweden with his father

This short novel by Swedish writer Henning Mankell is the first of several books about Joel, a 12 year old growing up in a remote part of Northern Sweden with his father. It is followed by a second book, Shadows in the Twilight and most recently, The Boy Who Slept in the Snow (also known as When the Snow Fell).

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12 year old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of his father's house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his father's bed is also empty and will have to come terms with his father's new-found love. The harsh reality of Joel's world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound

Children and teenagers.

Henning Mankell is the prizewinning and internationally acclaimed author of novels for both adults and young people. His adult novels dominate bestseller lists across Europe. Born in a village in northern Sweden, Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Africa, where he works with AIDS-related charities. He is also director of Teatro Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique. Mankell's companion novels about Joel and his father are Shadows in the Twilight, When the Snow Fell, and Journey to the End of the World.

series Joel Gustafson Stories.

Books by this Author. Henning Mankell Author Biography. Author Henning Mankell was the acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries plus more than 20 other novels, both series and stand-alones.

Inspired by Your Browsing History.

He was the first winner of the Ripper Award and also received the Glass Key and the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger. ore about Henning Mankell. Category: Teen & Young Adult Fiction. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Praise for Mankell’s Kurt Wallander novels: The Nordic King of the European thriller writers.

One of the world’s best-selling authors has written a moving story about a teenager’s life in Northern Sweden.12-year-old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of the house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his father’s bed is also empty, and so he will have to come to terms with his father’s newfound love. The harsh reality of Joel’s world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ytli
I should have spent more time on reviews before buying this book because I didn't realize until I bought it, that it was targeted for a "young adults" audience. I would not be qualified to assess at what age level this might be appropriate, thus, my "middle of the road" review ranking.

Joel Gustafson is a pre-teen Swedish boy who lives with his father (a forester) in a remote area. Joel struggles with many unanswered questions about his family background and current circumstances which are described in the book (and in some more detailed Amazon reviews). He doesn't fit into his school well and ultimately connects with what I would term a "wayward" boy who also lives in the village. The two of them begin sneaking out on adventures in the middle of the night. I found some of the situations to be a bit difficult to grasp, including his ability to continue on these ventures over time undetected. I can only conjecture that the purpose of this book is to explore the psyche of a young person at a time of personal exploration as he approaches his teenage years, let alone as he is living in a "single parent household".

There is an odd character in this book which appeared in another book by Mankell I also inadvertently purchased . It's a woman without a nose. She has a handkerchief stuffed in her face where a nose would be. I assume that has a number symbolic interpretations but in both books that was one character difficult to assess per how a young reader (or any person) could "relate" or how that might affect them. It's "quirky" to say the least, "odd" might be another word.

My advice per potential purchase of this book for a young member of the family is to read some of the more detailed Amazon descriptions to assess appropriateness. For a more mature audience, I'd do the same but for different reasons. I read the book completely but wouldn't buy another because it wasn't targeted for adult readership.
MARK BEN FORD
I am a fan of Mankell from his detective series, and this book was ok but did not really grab me until close to the end. I chose not to purchase the second book in the series, which is rare for me.

The story line is very slow to develop and the style of writing (or perhaps the translation) did not help matters.
Kiaile
Having read most of the Wallender books I ventured into this series. You must read all four! Follow Joel in his growth from an 11-year old until he turns 15. What wonderful writing. Mankell has some of the same characteristic as Jean Shepard as he reveals the thoughts and dreams of this developing young boy. The marvel is that Mankell can switch from the police detective mode to a almost lyrical telling to these stories.
Kaghma
What's not to love about Henning Mankell. The only book I didn't like of his in his entire repertoire was Depths and couldn't finish it. All of his other books have been wonderful but I am a special fan of his Kurt Wallander Mysteries. Read that series starting in sequence from the first book because it follows the character's life. Even the teen series books by Mankell are great.
Weiehan
A sweet coming of age book, very different from the Kurt Wallender books so many of us are familiar with from Henning Mankell. Joel Gustafson is "almost twelve" and being reared by his single parent father who labors long and hard to support his son and himself. Joel is his "own mum," his mother having left both her husband and their son many years earlier. As Joel struggles with defining himself, he draws into his life several unexpected "teachers" who each guide him to discover some part of himself as he enters young manhood. One imagines the origins of Mankell's brilliant and all too human Wallender in Joel, as he writes of his imaginary adventures and the "secret society" rules, drawn from his experiences, which later become the bedrock of Wallender's character.
snowball
Although this book is considered mainly suitable for early teen years, I thoroughly enjoyed it for the characters and the descriptions of what was going on. I recommend it for any age group. I've read other Henning Menkell novels and this one supposedly for "teens" is as fine a book as those written for "adult" audiences.

Anna M. Seidler
Usanner
I accidentally purchased this book thinking it was one of Mankell's Wallander books. Oops! However, I read it anyway and it was o.k. It is written for young adult readers and the storyline is interesting but not overly gripping. I wonder if some of the impact of the novel was lost in translation as it was originally written in Swedish.
Anyone interested in coming of age and young adult literature should read this series by Henning Mankell. Beautiful, earthy stuff.
A Bridge to the Stars ebook
Author:
Henning Mankell
Category:
Literature & Fiction
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EPUB size:
1310 kb
FB2 size:
1766 kb
DJVU size:
1188 kb
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Publisher:
Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (December 11, 2007)
Pages:
176 pages
Rating:
4.5
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