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Shadows in the Twilight (Joel Gustafsson #2)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  209 ratings  ·  21 reviews
JOEL WILL SOON be 12, and he thinks nothing is going on in the small community where he lives. But he’s wrong. One day, an incident that could easily have been a catastrophe turns into a miracle. Now Joel believes he owes the world a good deed, to prove that he deserved what might have been divine intervention. He thinks up an elaborate scheme, but it doesn’t go as anticip ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1991)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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SHADOWS IN THE TWILIGHT by Henning Mankell is written using the distinctive voice of the main character, Joel. This is a companion book to A BRIDGE TO THE STARS.

This is a story that asks philosophical questions and does it in a way everyone can understand. Best known for his crime novels for adults, Mankell will win the young adult reader over, as well. As the author is Swedish, it has a decidedly European flare in style as well as setting that
Feb 10, 2009 Leland rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: writer's of Juvenile fiction, Henning Mankell fans
This is the second of Henning Mankell's books about 12 year old Joel Gustafson. This book, like its predecessor, A Bridge to the Stars looks at the life of a very exceptional boy growing up in the north of Sweden in the 1950's. Readers accustomed to Mankell's Kurt Wallander series will find this book lacking much of his trademark suspense, but being quite full of his remarkable insight and characterization. I was particularly impressed by Mankell's ability in both the Joel Gustafson books to por ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Shadows in the Twilight, by Henning Mankell, narrated by Francis Greenslade, produced by Bolinda Audio, downloaded from

This is the second in a series of children’s books written about a boy, Joel (pronounced Yule) Gustafson. In this book, Joel is run over by a bus but by luck remains unhurt, without a scratch. This is 1957 in Sweden. People tell him it’s a miracle. His dad doesn’t believe in God, and he doesn’t know if he does or not. He has no friends his age. He finally decides th
Catherine Woodman
THis is an unusual children's book series, about a 12 year old Joel, in 1950's Sweden. In this book, he escapes a sure death experience, and then over the course of the book he realizes that while he might be very lucky to be alive, the experience isn't going to change his life in a meaningful way. He still has a dismal relationship with his father, who is really no pillar of a dad, and he has a series of disappointments, although none so terrible as occur in the first book. these books really n ...more
I seem to have been immersed in other cultures lately and my head is spinning a little bit. I can't imagine this book unfolding in this way in the UK, it is imaginative and, well, a bit weird and as I have a 12 year old son, I wonder if his thoughts run like the boy in the novel. It suddenly changed tense near the end which was distracting. I wonder if that was deliberate? Anyway, it was quite tense at times and thoughtful, I enjoyed it/
J'ai changé radicalement d'univers et j'ai lu un roman de Mankell, mais un roman pour la jeunesse, avec un héros de presque douze ans, qui a failli être écrasé par un bus et qui décide d'accomplir une bonne action en remerciement de son miracle. La lecture est savoureuse, avec un humour espiègle, ça fait plaisir à suivre. En plus, le garçon fait preuve de beaucoup d'imagination, il juge le monde des adultes du haut de son inexpérience, il tâte, il tente et il se vautre. Bon, il y a des pots cass ...more
Vania Prodanova
Детство изпълнено с игри с други деца е прекрасно, но да четеш за детството на момче с изключително богато въображение си е всъщност истинска забава... :)
Петър Панчев
Първата книжка за Юел ме трогна достатъчно много и изобщо не се замислих коя ще е следващата прочетена. Хенинг Манкел доста умело се вмъква в детската душа и почти се слива духом с героя си. Юел не е поредното тарикатче, а това ме спечели безрезервно.

Изминали са само няколко месеца и Юел Гюстафсон се чувства пораснал. Татко Самюел и новата му приятелка вече не тревожат мислите му и той е готов да разсъждава по-трезво и за по-сериозни проблеми.
Love Henning Mankell but 12-year-olds don't interest me.
Bleah. At least it was short. The book to which this is a sequel was mildly entertaining, but this one meandered around with no real point. There was potential for some real depth, as the main character searches for a way to repay a debt he feels he owes the world for the miracle of having escaped serious injury in a bus accident, but it never goes anywhere. Also, the translation was very stilted and used question marks for many sentences that weren't questions. Sometimes the books I have to rea ...more
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I thought this book was really confusing and weird when I read it but I guess it's just revolved around a different type of society (communism?) in a differet part of the world. There were some good parts but I didn't really get into it.
Started off ok but just wasn't as good a read as the first one; just never really seemed to connect with it. Might still give the next one in the series a go, maybe it'll pick up again.
Audiobook - the adventures of an 11 year old motherless boy... Joel has a miracle in this book. And then he feels he needs to respond to the miracle, with disastrous effects.
It surprised me that I found this rather lifeless. Henning Mankell is one of my favorite mystery authors, but the strong interest or draw of this book rather eluded me.
Ms. Pierce
Lucymary says: I did not like this book at all. It was confusing. That might be because there is another book in the series and this one is a continuation.
Not your typical Mankell (and I'm a huge fan of the typical Mankell, mind you), but I enjoyed it a lot. A light reading, and yet charming.
A lovely little story, very short book. very different from Kurt Wallander. I enjoyed the read. have finished two in the series.
This is the second book in this coming-of-age about a young in Sweden in the late 1950's.
Linnea Bengtson
Joel som genom ett mirakel klarar sig oskadd när han blir överkörd av en buss.

I just can't get into this story.
Light story of a 12 year old in 50s Sweeden
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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Other Books in the Series

Joel Gustafsson (4 books)
  • A Bridge to the Stars
  • When the Snow Fell
  • Journey to the End of the World (Joel Gustafsson #4)
Faceless Killers (Wallander #1) The Fifth Woman (Wallander, #6) Sidetracked (Wallander #5) The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2) The Man Who Smiled (Wallander #4)

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