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Shadow of the Leopard (Sofia #3)

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A powerful, haunting story set in Mozambique by a world-renowned author.

Readers met Sofia previously in Secrets in the Fire, when, at the age of 9, she lost her legs in a land mine explosion in Mozambique.

Now Sofia is almost 20 and pregnant with her third child. Armando, the father of her children, travels to the city for work, coming home on weekends.

One Saturday Armando

Paperback, 177 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Annick Press (first published 2005)
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book
Den avslutande delen av Sofia var minst lika bra som de andra två... och lika många plot holes. But oh well...

Det var en kort och lättläst serie, men den berörde. Kändes lite som om jag besökte min barndom (although, jag hade bara läst första då). Saken är då den att det var ganska så tydligt att det inte fanns något slut. Sofia trampar på en mina, måste anpassa sig. Boom slut. Okej.

Några år senare, Sofias syster får aids. Boom slut. okej

Några år senare, Sofias man beter sig konstigt och farlig
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

Shadow of the Leopard by Henning Mankell is a continuous journey of the story, Secrets in the Fire. Sofia, once a young girl, was split from her family after being in war-torn Mozambique. She lost her father and sister during this battle, and not to mention her legs in an explosion. Ten years later, Sofia is now 20 and already has two children, with a third one on the way. She continues her journey of living in poverty throughout this story. Even with Sofia being so strong, she still has horribl
Jesus Flores

Wow, this book is something incredible, I have read Mankell because of Wallander (a book series I greatly enjoy) and his other detective books are great too. But this is a different Mankell, who writes about the lives of those displaced by war and poverty in Africa. He gives us a little glimpse in the life of Sofia, via 3 stories of decisive moments in her life. The first one where she has to flee her town-home because is being reided and everyone murdered, to find refuge on a scant town where m
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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Mayte Sánchez
Llegue por casualidad a esta novedad de Mankell (novedad porque no es su estilo) y me asombró la capacidad para cambiar de estilo y desarrollar esta historia: una niña que vive en Mozambique, como tantas tiene que haber allí, con sus penurias y sus innumerables dificultades, pero sin caer en la dramatización. Un bonito hallazgo.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is preface in this book where Mankell states: "In the books about Sophia I mix truths and invention. What I describe has happened in reality, but not exactly in that way." I wonder if, in particular, the ending is one of Sophie's realities. I would hope that it wasn't. Nevertheless, it remains someone's, maybe many someone's. Such a sad thought.
Josue Olvera
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Es muy mala. No se la deseo a nadie.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great simple book about the anguish of poverty + disability in Mozambique.
Rebecca Golden
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Also called "The Fury in the Fire"
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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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