By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral determination can swap a life.Two issues are difficult for Joel Gustafson to deal with: now not understanding why, and never having the ability to do something 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 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 energy and learns approximately grownup disappointments and desires.
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He can see right into the shop. See the bikes in the illuminated display window. The counter and the cash register. His heart is pounding as Joel does what he really doesn't dare to do. He closes the door behind him, tiptoes past the counter and goes to the bike that one day will be his. There's a nice smell of oil and rubber. The saddle is wrapped up in paper. To keep it clean. I'm not going to think at all, he tells himself. I'm simply going to do what I want to do but don't really dare. He slowly removes the bicycle from its place in the window display and wheels it towards the back door.
The night Joel asked his dad about the electric cooker, he lies in bed unable to sleep. He can hear the radio that Samuel is listening to through the wall. There's still music playing. If he's still awake when the pips sound before the news, he'll be very tired when he has to get up for school tomorrow morning. He listens to the cold that is making the walls creak. The rafters are groaning and sighing. Soon the days will grow longer and lighter. The snowdrifts will melt away, just as they always do.
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