The Man from Beijing
Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andréns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrén family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the nineteenth-century...more
This book begins with the discovery of a massacre of almost the entire population of a tiny village in a remote area of Sweden. 19 people have been sliced and diced in various ways. Even the pets have been brutally killed. (Hey, Sweden. WTF? S...more
I liked it a lot in the beginning and began to dislike it more and more as I got further along. He wants to talk about globalization and colonization and the New China. Fine. Why not write a travel book or non-fiction essay or something ? This is a poor piece of fiction used as a wrapper for some act...more
As the book began, it did not grab me right away. In fact, I wasn't sure if I'd finish it. By chapter 10 I figured it was just an allegory for the relationship of China and the West from the mid-19th century to now (and this was not going to be what I wanted from this novel, I thought.) Though I did appreciate the historical links via the competing journal of San (from Guang Xi and the letters of JA from Sweden as they gave perspective to parts of my own family history - the building of the rail...more
But I don’t think Mankell really thought through where he wante...more
The novel begins after a mass murder in a tiny village in rural Sweden. The reason for these killings seems to be linked to a trio of Chinese brothers who were shanghaied, and forced to work on the American continental railroad project of the mid nineteenth century. The evil gang/boss of these railroad workers had relatives in this Swedish hamlet, and t...more
Internationally bestselling novelist? This is a joke, right? The author is in serious need of a thesaurus because you can only read the same descriptive phrase so many times in a single page, let alone paragraph (perhaps th...more
The parts that work best are those when one character is being stalked by another, especially when Hong Qiu suspects that her psychopathic brother Ya Ru plans to kill her, and when the main character, Birgitta Roslin, realizes the killer is now coming for her. The mood in both sections is pretty creepy.
So the story has appeal (assuming you like the genre). But now for the...more
Es la primera vez que encuentro en una historia de Henning Mankell lagunas tan grandes, aristas tan notorias que primero asoman como si fueran errores tipográficos, sobresalen, irrumpen y alcabo de 300 página casi desencuadernan el trabajo de Tusquets Editores. Me da la impresión (pero es sólo una impresión: esto puede cambiar con el paso de los meses, con el glaciar de los años) que Mankell tomó excesivos riesgos al querer adentrarse en la cultura cantonesa y específi...more
Henning Mankell is a well-known author, though this was the first of his books that I had ever read. I got the free sample from Amazon and was hooked - the brutal mu...more
All of this is played out starting with a massacre in a small Swedish town that makes no sense and b...more
The starting point is a series of murders all occurring in the same night in a remote Swedish village. The local police believe that the murderer was a deranged Swedish man who commits suicide while in custody. However a visiting judge, Birgitta Roslin, who has connections with some of the victims, comes to the view that the murders wer...more
Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.