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When the Snow Fell (Joel Gustafsson #3)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  288 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Joel Gustafson’s journey toward becoming a man continues.

As it has in the past, the first snow of the year signifies to Joel Gustafson his very own New Year’s Eve. So when the snow begins to fall on a cold November day, Joel gets busy making new resolutions—three, to be exact.

As the winter days pass, life becomes ever more complicated. Joel has questions and the answers d
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1996)
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I really like Henning Mankell's books, but until now I've only read his crime books about Kurt Wallander, the swedish superintendent at Ystad police force.
'When the snow fell' was at my local library's ' young adult section'. However, I wasn't disappointed. It's a beautifully written, a heartwarming book.
Joel, almost 14, lives in a remote village in north of Sweden where everyone knows everyone. He is his own mum he sais as Jenny his real mum ran away when he was a young child. Joel does all the
Angela Schaffer
I chose to read this book because I had read several books from Mankell's Wallander series for a graduate course on Scandinavian Crime Fiction. I was interested to see what Mankell was now writing for young adults. Perhaps because I didn't read this in order of the series, or perhaps because the translation was extremely poor, I was not at all impressed with this novel. The plot was barely present. Further, a lot of the components of this novel fail to follow through. Shouldn't we learn more abo ...more
When I bought this I didn't realize that it was a children's story and part of a series. Some stories for children appeal to adults. This one didn't appeal to me. I need to read book descriptions more carefully in the future.
Петър Панчев
Юел опознава любовта
Цялото ревю тук:
Юел Гюстафсон отново гори от желание да опознае неизвестното и да получи от живота онази тръпка, която всеки тийнейджър на тринайсет години е готов да изпита. Хенинг Манкел е успял да надгради историята си в третата книга от поредицата. Юел пораства със скоростта на мечтите си, поставяйки си високи цели, независимо от трудностите, които го следват неотклонно. Въпросите стават сложни, отговорите - истински прозрения. От
Henning Mankell, the successful adult mystery writer, is trying his hand at the lucrative young adult market. While the writing in When Snow Fell is evocative and beautiful, it is hard to imagine young readers engaging with this book. Additionally, the setting is the 1950s in a small town in northern Sweden, not a sure-fire attention grabber. Thirteen-year-old Joel Gustafson celebrates his own personal New Year’s Eve when the first snowfall of winter comes with resolutions and all. As always, th ...more
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I'm not sure why this book was written. The central character is all over the place, seemingly behaving in a random manner that I just couldn't follow. Was Mankell writing from his childhood experiences? The book only seemed real when Joel need to become a parent to his own father. I hope someone does enjoy it - don't be put off by this review, I read a lot and am rather fussy. The books I like have to have more depth.
Jennifer Wardrip
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On the first snowfall of the year, 14-year-old Joel always makes his New Year's resolutions.

This year he's made three: live to be 100, patch up his relationship with his father, and see a girl naked.

Life keeps getting in the way, however, of him reaching his goals. His father is a lumberjack who goes on drinking binges and seems unhappy with life. His mother abandoned them years ago. To add to his plate, he's trying to navigate girls, first kisses, bullies,
First time I read a non-Wallander by Mankell. Readable, though I'm certainly not part of the ather audience (which would be teenage boys). He touches on crucial issues of growing up without ever lecturing. Personally, I will stick to Mankell's adult fiction in te future though.
Ellen Thielen
A departure from his usual detective series, this insight into the life of a 14 year old Swedish boy's life in the 1950s started out slow. After it gained momentum, and more characters, it redeemed itself some.
Histoire trop lente, on attends qu'il se passe quelque chose...
En revanche, belle transition pour Joel, garçon très intelligent qui se prépare à passer dans le monde adulte.
Catherine Woodman
The third in the trilogy about Joel, a 12 year old boy in rural 1950's Sweden (Mankell himself??). This continued to be an odd series from the start to the finish. Joel is not all that likable, nor is his father a model parent (by any means)--in this one he starts to proposition women, and seeing his father as competition. His father also lapses into drinking in this one, and you start to see why Joel has this pseudo-adult persona--he had to take it on. I liked this series over all but I would n ...more
Mike Taverner
A kid's book and I liked it. I related to the young boy in the story - and I guess I like Swedish stories
Leuk, ontspannend boek om te lezen !
Noussa Assma
I like this book
Thirteen-year-old Jacob lives in small-town 1950s Sweden with his father, a sailor turned logger, in this coming-of-age tale. Jacob is forced to be his "own mother," as he puts it, responsible for the shopping, cooking, and cleaning, as his mother left several years ago. By the end of the story, Jacob has learned a bit about growing up, and a bit about how to still be a kid. Very well written, though the translator's choices seemed odd at some points.
Love anything that Henning Mankell writes.
Judy Mcdonald
I have been reading a few books from Swedish authors. This is a young adult book, imaginative and dark with the central character seeming more innocent than I expect a thirteen year old to be. Like me he was born in 1945. I also read Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell, a story about an isolated retired doctor. Mankell gives a good sense of location and creates vivid characters.
Eileen Doyle
Nicely written coming of age story about a boy in Northern Sweden who has in many ways already grown-up, as he tries to understand the crazy adults who make up his world and his growing curiosity about sex. Definitely not an adventure story, unless your adventures involve lots of snow. Has a similar feel to My Life As A Dog.
This is a magical book written from the perspective of a child. It is a companion piece to 2 books I haven't read yet. It is a young adult novel but is fascinating to all us older children, too.
Sara Carter
I don't think I was the target audience for this book. Joel's quest to see a naked woman didn't really do a lot for me but his relationship with his father and friends felt authentic.
Mankell is one of my favorite writers, but this book was boring.

coming of age...sometimes funny, sometimes sad, mostly not very interesting.
I'm enjoying this coming of age series of novels about a young boy growing up at the end of the 1950's in a small town in rural Sweden.
Joan Cobb
This is a Swedish coming of age story. The writing is great and the thoughts and actions of our protagonist are very endearing. Nice read.
I found the book very boring and uninteresting, though I suppose it could have been because I actually read the book in German.
Short coming of age novel about a Swedish boy in a small village during the 1950's. Funny and sad and enjoyable.
A kids book, very do goody. Troublesome child makes good. Hovwever, Mankell writes well enough.
Andy Weston
written for teenagers - but a great short read - Scandinavian setting tremendous, and good humour
i enjoyed it big time......
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Henning Mankell is an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He is best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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