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The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell
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Dec 01, 2009

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Even though the frame of the protagonist's illness explains many of the oddities in the slow unrolling of this police drama, and its confusions and repetitions. Some of those repetitions become motifs outside that frame, to its credit, but not deeply enough to bump it even to a 3.5 in my personal and very vague ratings. And yet I found the read interesting and usually credible, and some of the main characters, and the minor characters just as interesting. The creation of atmosphere was particularly well done without being overdone, as confirmed in the pleasant version of a disclaimer that it is a fiction, hence people and events are invented. But: ''Mais le soleil, début lève bien autour de huit heures moins le quart. On retrouve donc, au milieu de la fiction, un certain nombre de vérités indubitables. Ce qui était évidemment mon intention." This kind of thoughtful, often understated irony is reflected in the two main police detectives, making it the second success of the novel.

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Joje I'm reading the book in French, but there's no entry for that except the audio, which I'm not reading, so...It's fine so far. We'll see if my predictions so far work out.

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Astrid great stuff, the dancing master! I was absolutely lost to the world when I read that - if I recollect, it was during one of Hardi's conference-trips, and it was summer, the kids were on holiday, and I think I read two nights straight through! Good suspension, and a certain sense of justice, too. Enjoy!

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