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Alison

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  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"
    "Loved most of the book"
    Overall

    What I thought was going to be a fairly straightforward mystery ended up being an interesting exploration of justice, family dynamics, revenge, and the past (and future) of socialism in China. I loved the complex stories (past and present) that were woven together. My only problem is that I felt that Mankell started to lose the plot (literally) as the book approached the end. There is something that seems to me to be a continuity issue, but more to the point, one of the main characters did a couple of things that seemed really improbable to me.

    One of the best books I'd read recently, until the ending. But I could be in the minority.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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