By Henning Mankell
This poignant novel explores how a unilateral selection can swap a life.Two issues are not easy for Joel Gustafson to deal with: no longer figuring out why, and never with the ability to do something 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 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 maintains to go looking for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal power and learns approximately grownup disappointments and desires.
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Or throwing them out into the yard. But he decided not to. Instead he took The Secret Society logbook out of his pocket. He'd forgotten to put it in Celestine's glass case that morning. He searched through the jackets hanging in the corridor until he found a pen, then started writing. 'The lookout on the mizzen mast, Joel Gustafson, was so exhausted that he fell out of his crow's nest, but survived without serious injury. ' What he writes is almost word-for-word something he'd read in a book his dad keeps in his little bookcase, and often thumbs through.
They want to be left in peace during the night. They want us to sleep. He doesn't really want to go to school today. He would prefer to creep back into bed and go back to sleep, so that he's properly rested when night comes. He doesn't want to miss out on his newly thought-up adventure yet again. But he puts on his rubber boots and clears the stairs in four jumps. He's made up his mind that before his twelfth birthday he will get to the bottom in three hops. When he turns off by the church he starts running so as not to be late.
He waits for a bit longer before getting dressed. He knows there is a loose floorboard in the kitchen but even so he treads in the wrong place and makes a creaking noise. He holds his breath and listens hard in the darkness. Samuel hasn't heard anything. Joel carefully opens the front door with his boots and jacket in his hand, and sneaks out into the vestibule. He laces up his boots, buttons up his jacket and pulls his woolly hat down over his ears. He's ready now. The secret society THESEFOTHEDOTHFAS has embarked on its journey out into the unknown .
A Bridge to the Stars by Henning Mankell