©2008 Henning Mankell; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
It would have been good if this book had a plot. It meandered around introducing us to the people in the boy's village and spent a lot of time with him kicking himself about mistakes he made. I kept waiting for the plot to begin.
I was tempted to listen at double speed--this read is s l o w!
I'm sorry I bought the sequel before listening to this book--it even has the same awful narrator. Bummer.
I've listened to some of Henning Mankell's detective novels for adults and liked them. This children's book went nowhere very slowly.
I think this was written for children, but that does not at all detract from the prose which is excellently and beautifully crafted. The style so surprised me as I have only before experienced Henning Mankell though the Wallander series. Mankell really is a fantastic writer and as much as I love Wallander, I feel like I have discovered a jewel in his non-crime fiction.
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