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Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
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Apr 18, 2012

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bookshelves: family, fiction
Read from April 18 to 20, 2012 — I own a copy

I read this book expecting it to be a thriller and was surprised to find that it is instead a story of making mistakes, living with the consequences and growing old. A surgeon makes a mistake and banishes himself to a hermitlike existence on a small island in Sweden. One day a woman who he abandoned 40 years earlier appears demanding one last favour and eventually with a surprise. He is jolted out of his old life and painfully comes to grips with this.

In some parts the book is rather beautiful and touching, but somehow I felt that the authors ambitions were beyond his execution which may be more to do with how i have stereotyped him as the author of wallandar. I just could not shake the feeling that this was essentially a wallandar story with all the police and crime bits taken out. It did sometimes fell like the author had set out to write the most depressing book ever with some unintended comedy. Still very much worth the read.

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