By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral choice can switch a life.Two issues are tough for Joel Gustafson to deal with: now not understanding why, and never having the ability to do whatever approximately it. Joel’s father was 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, looking for it. in the course of those nocturnal outings, Joel discovers features 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 go looking for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal power and learns approximately grownup disappointments and desires.
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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. As big as the centre circle of the ice-hockey pitch they create every winter on the flat, sandy space outside the school by spraying water onto it and allowing it to freeze – the temperature never rises above zero, and they can play on it for months.
He doesn't really want to go to school today. He would prefer to creep back into bed and go back to sleep, so that he's properly rested when night comes. He doesn't want to miss out on his newly thought-up adventure yet again. But he puts on his rubber boots and clears the stairs in four jumps. He's made up his mind that before his twelfth birthday he will get to the bottom in three hops. When he turns off by the church he starts running so as not to be late. Miss Nederström doesn't like her pupils arriving late.
A wind that would blow them down to the sea. The rickety fence was in fact a ship's rail, and the attic flat they lived in was really the captain's cabin. The rusty old plough half buried in the abandoned potato patch was the ship's anchor. One of these days the house they lived in would be set free. The anchor would be hauled aboard and then they would start gliding down the river, past the headland with the old dance pavilion. Just past the church they would be swallowed up by the endless forest .
A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell
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