By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral choice can swap a life.Two issues are challenging for Joel Gustafson to deal with: now not realizing why, and never with the ability to do whatever approximately it. Joel’s father used to be a sailor who lived via 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 elements 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 maintains to look for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal power and learns approximately grownup disappointments and wishes.
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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. He rushes back into his room and jumps into bed with all his clothes still on and pulls the cover up to his chin. That must have woken his father up, he thinks. Nobody could have slept through that row. Least of all a sailor.
But this time he has a question. ' he asks. Joel gives a start and feels his heart beginning to pound. He might have known. That bastard Otto! He's going to be shown up now. Everybody heard what he said about his mother being a figurehead. 'Come again,' said Miss Nederström. ' 'A figural head,' said Otto again. 'No, it's called a figurehead,' said Miss Nederström. Don't tell him, thought Joel. Don't tell him. . And she doesn't. ' she asks. Nobody answers, least of all Joel, the only one who knows.
An adventure you create for yourself, that you are the only person involved in . . The news comes to an end and Joel hears his dad switch off the radio and go out into the kitchen to get washed. Joel knows exactly what his dad does. First he washes his face, then he brushes his teeth, and then he gargles. When he switches the light off in the kitchen he usually clears his throat. Joel waits impatiently for everything to go quiet. But before he realises what's happening he falls asleep, and when he wakes up it's morning and his father has already disappeared into the forest.