By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral choice can swap a life.Two issues are difficult for Joel Gustafson to deal with: no longer figuring out why, and never with the ability to do something approximately it. Joel’s father was a sailor who lived by means of the ocean. Joel’s mom as soon as lived with them. Joel’s father deserted the ocean. Joel’s mom deserted Joel and his father. whereas searching his window one evening, Joel sees a lonely puppy in the street. Joel spots the animal back and starts off sneaking out evening after evening, looking for it. in the course of those nocturnal outings, Joel discovers points of existence he hasn't ever imagined. after which one evening he discovers that his father’s mattress, too, is empty.As Joel investigates his father’s mysterious absences and maintains to look for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal power and learns approximately grownup disappointments and wishes.
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Once he put on an act to amuse the rest of the pupils by walking behind her, imitating her limp. She suddenly turned round and smiled. 'You're very good,' she said. ' If she hadn't had a club foot Joel could well imagine having her as a mum. But Miss Nederström is in fact a Mrs and has children of her own with the surveyor she's married to. Geography is Joel's best subject. He never forgets what his father tells him, and he has a diary with maps of all the countries of the world in it. He knows where Pamplemousse and Bogamaio are, although he's not at all sure how to pronounce them.
Who is that boy sitting on his rock? At that very moment the stranger turns round and looks straight at Joel. ' he asks? ' Joel couldn't think of anything sensible to say. He'd thought he was invisible, lying there in the snow.
Joel stares down at his desk lid, feels his face turning red, and he hates and hates as hard as he can. 'Joel,' says Miss Nederström. ' He slowly raises his head that feels as heavy as a block of stone, 'There's nothing wrong with having imagination and making things up,' she says, 'but you must distinguish between what is fantasy and what is real. ' The water lilies! Of course he remembers, even though he's been trying to forget. The outsize water lilies on Mauritius that his father had once told him about.