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When the Snow Fell (Joel Gustafsson #3)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  382 Ratings  ·  37 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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Feb 10, 2015 Liselott rated it liked it
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
Eileen Doyle
Nov 11, 2013 Eileen Doyle rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 23, 2012 Celia rated it it was ok
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.
May 01, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Love anything that Henning Mankell writes.
Aug 29, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: book-eval-book
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
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
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,
Angela Schaffer
Aug 21, 2014 Angela Schaffer rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
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
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
Alessandro Rizzolli
Joel è un adolescente, ma per certi versi è già adulto.
Joel ha voglia di vedere il mondo, ma vive in un piccolo Paese nel nord della Svezia, dove c'è la neve, dove c'è un fiume, ma dove il mare non c'è.
Joel ha tante paure, ma è anche un ragazzino coraggioso.
Joel ha tante domande, ma giorno per giorno cerca di trovare le risposte.
Joel fa la spesa e prepara la cena, ma sogna di Paesi lontani.
A Joel piace stare da solo, ma a Joel fa piacere stare con la gente.
Joel è un bambino normale, ma è anche u
Jan 10, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: seattle, 2011
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.
Mar 26, 2015 Linley added it
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.
Judy Mcdonald
Jul 18, 2015 Judy Mcdonald rated it really liked it
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.
Michael Carlson
Dec 04, 2015 Michael Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It fascinates me that two of Scandinavia's darkest crime writers (Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell) also write books for children! I haven't read Nesbo's popular Dr. Fart Powder books (!) but I have enjoyed this series of novels from Henning Mankell about Joel Gustafson as nears and then reaches puberty.
They're excellent.
Jan 28, 2016 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of Brian Doyle's young male characters but in a Swedish setting. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and the trip to a different place and a different time. Some wonderful passages that I wanted to study and hang on to!
Ellen Thielen
Nov 26, 2014 Ellen Thielen rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 27, 2014 Anni rated it liked it
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.
Jun 08, 2013 Roy rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 14, 2011 Mariana rated it really liked it
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.
Mike Taverner
May 26, 2015 Mike Taverner rated it liked it
A kid's book and I liked it. I related to the young boy in the story - and I guess I like Swedish stories
John Gall
Jan 07, 2016 John Gall rated it really liked it
Another gem from the late Henning Mankell. I do love his writing, whether crime, or just about people and life, he hits the spot every time. One of my, possibly even most, favourite author.
Jul 31, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Short coming of age novel about a Swedish boy in a small village during the 1950's. Funny and sad and enjoyable.
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.
Sep 22, 2012 Pat rated it it was ok
Mankell is one of my favorite writers, but this book was boring.

coming of age...sometimes funny, sometimes sad, mostly not very interesting.
Jun 03, 2013 Frida rated it did not like it
I found the book very boring and uninteresting, though I suppose it could have been because I actually read the book in German.
Joan Cobb
Oct 02, 2012 Joan Cobb rated it really liked it
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.
Sara Carter
Apr 14, 2009 Sara Carter rated it it was ok
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.
Not for me!
Andy Weston
May 09, 2010 Andy Weston rated it really liked it
written for teenagers - but a great short read - Scandinavian setting tremendous, and good humour
Tracy Wild
Apr 07, 2014 Tracy Wild rated it it was ok
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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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