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 figuring out why, and never with the ability to do whatever approximately it. Joel’s father used to be a sailor who lived through 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 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 look for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal energy and learns approximately grownup disappointments and wishes.
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The dog really was there, he'd seen it. Perhaps a dog heading for a star doesn't leave any tracks behind it. His fear gradually fades away. The Old Bricklayer can't know that the bike Joel had ridden into the snow had been pinched. And nobody will be able to find his name peed into the snow. By the time he wakes up the yellow marks will have been covered over. I'll get away with it, he thinks. But the dog does exist. And the adventure, the great adventure has begun . . 4 A few days later Joel fell asleep at his desk in school.
A single bulb in a broken shade is shining over the back door. Joel pees into the snow and tries to write his name. It's not hard to write Joel, but he never has enough for more than half the surname. He kicks some snow over the yellow letters and refastens his fly. Without really knowing why, he walks up to the back door and tries it. Perhaps he's afraid that somebody might try to steal The Flying Horse. To his astonishment he discovers that the door is unlocked. He can see right into the shop.
She asks. Nobody answers, least of all Joel, the only one who knows. Then Otto puts his hand up again. 'Joel knows,' he said. 'His mum is a figural . . one of those things . . ' Miss Nederström looks at Joel. ' she said. 'A figurehead is a wooden carving attached to the bows of a ship. Not nowadays, but in the old days when they had sailing ships. ' Joel has time to swear that he hates both Miss Nederström and Otto before the whole class bursts into cruel laughter. ' Joel stares down at his desk lid, feels his face turning red, and he hates and hates as hard as he can.
A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell