By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral choice can switch a life.Two issues are difficult for Joel Gustafson to deal with: no longer figuring out why, and never having the ability to do whatever approximately it. Joel’s father was 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 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 facets 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 keeps to go looking for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal energy and learns approximately grownup disappointments and desires.
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A few days later everything is back to normal, as if it had simply been a dream. His father gets up at five o'clock again, has his coffee and goes off into the forest. Joel can breathe freely again. It will be a long time before he's woken up by his father sitting at the kitchen table muttering away to himself. It's easiest to think about all the things that happen and make him wonder what's going on when he's sitting in the crack in his rock down by the river. One day he sits down at the kitchen table with a pen and some paper and writes down all the things he thinks about.
I'm out of my mind, he thinks and can feel himself starting to cry with fear. He rubs and rubs. The bike will never be clean and dry again. Just at that very moment he looks out of the window, into the deserted street. There comes the dog! The solitary dog heading for a star. Joel knows right away that it's the very same dog. There's no other dog like it, even if it seems to be just an ordinary Norwegian elkhound. Suddenly it stops and looks round. Just for a moment Joel thinks it's looking straight at him, through the shop window.
It's not good, looking like somebody you've never met, because that means you can't work out what you're going to look like when you grow up. He pulls his hat still further down over his forehead, so that he can only see with one eye. If we lived by the sea I'd be able to go down to the shore and look out for ships, he thinks. A year ago, when he was ten, it was never difficult to go down to the river and pretend it was the sea. Now that he's eleven, that's only occasionally possible. It gets more and more difficult to imagine things.
A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell