By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral determination can switch a life.Two issues are demanding for Joel Gustafson to deal with: now not understanding why, and never with the ability to do something approximately it. Joel’s father used to be a sailor who lived by way 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 looking 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, searching for it. in the course of those nocturnal outings, Joel discovers facets of lifestyles 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 keeps to go looking for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal power and learns approximately grownup disappointments and desires.
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Then he falls asleep and when he wakes up next morning he doesn't feel tired at all. Hurrying to school and thinking about how he'd gone the same way in the middle of the night is really a big deal. Tonight, he thinks. Tonight I shall find the dog that's heading for a star . . * The next night when Joel sets off on his adventure, everything starts to go wrong. In the dark kitchen he trips up over his own boots and knocks a saucepan off the stove as he falls. He thinks it sounds as if the ceiling had come crashing down when the saucepan hits the floor.
There were dangerous sandbanks hidden just beneath the surface, and if your ship capsized it would sink four thousand metres to the bottom. Joel's dad used to be a sailor. He knew what he was talking about. When Joel saw dolphins and hippos in the river, it was his father's stories coming to life in his mind's eye. Sometimes he would take one or two of his father's sea charts down to the rock with him, to make it easier to transform the river into the other world. Now that Joel was eleven years old, he knew that it was all make-believe.
One day he plucks up enough courage to ask his father. The wood had been damp and wouldn't ignite. In addition, he'd burnt himself on the pan when the potatoes were finally ready. ' he says. Samuel looks up from the kitchen bench, where he's lying down and thumbing through a newspaper. ' he asks. ' What's wrong with it? Joel asks himself. Everything is wrong with it. The biggest thing wrong with it is that it's not an electric cooker. 'Everybody has an electric cooker,' he says. ' His father peers at him over his reading glasses.
A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell