Thoroughly enjoyed it, emotional journey...tugs at the heart
Henning Mankell is a worldwide phenomenon: his books have been translated into forty languages with more than 35 million copies in print, and both his critical acclaim and fan base only continue to grow. His new novel Daniel is an elegiac, unexpected story that only he could have told.
In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Smaland, Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. But then he impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel and brings with him back to Sweden - a quite different specimen than he first contemplated. Daniel is told to call Bengler "Father," taught to knock on doors and bow, and continually struggles to understand this strange new land of mud and snow that surrounds and seemingly entraps him. At the same time, he is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him home to Africa. Knowing that the only way home is by sea, he decides he must learn to walk on water if he is ever to reclaim his true place in the world.
Evocative and sometimes brutal, the novel takes Daniel through a series of tragedies and betrayals that culminate in a shocking act. Mankell tells this indelible story with a ruthless elegance all his own.
"Mankell fully understands Daniel's radically different cultural perspective and indelibly captures the boy's longing to return to his homeland and the tragic consequences of his forced exile." - Publishers Weekly
"Mankell, highly acclaimed for the Kurt Wallander mysteries, offers a haunting and fascinating story of clashes of culture and race in the nineteenth century as well as a touching, sometimes cruel examination of familial and other human ties." - Booklist
"It's a sorry tale of square pegs and round holes. I found this book to be fascinating on the one hand and a rather grim read on the other." - The Bookbag
"...this is good historical fiction, immersed in the mores and times of late 19th-century Swedish society." - Historical Novel Society
"Even when his subject matter is as serious as the destructive effects of colonialism, the storytelling ethos is always primary. Mankell’s Daniel is a powerfully involving and uncompromising novel about the loss of childhood and innocence." - Express
"A haunting novel by the Swedish mystery master, one that proceeds from the indelible to the inscrutable." - Kirkus Reviews
Number Of Pages: 279
Published: 9th November 2010
Publisher: New Press
Country of Publication: SE
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.26 x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1