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By Henning Mankell

This poignant novel explores how a unilateral selection can switch a life.Two issues are difficult for Joel Gustafson to deal with: no longer figuring out why, and never with the ability to do something approximately it. Joel’s father was a sailor who lived via the ocean. Joel’s mom as soon as lived with them. Joel’s father deserted the ocean. Joel’s mom deserted Joel and his father. whereas searching his window one evening, Joel sees a lonely puppy in the street. Joel spots the animal back and starts off sneaking out evening after evening, looking for it. in the course of those nocturnal outings, Joel discovers facets of lifestyles he hasn't ever imagined. after which one evening he discovers that his father’s mattress, too, is empty.As Joel investigates his father’s mysterious absences and maintains to go looking for the puppy, he discovers his personal internal energy and learns approximately grownup disappointments and desires.

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I promise. ' At that moment Joel loves his father. Only somebody who's been a sailor understands immediately what you mean, he thinks. Only somebody who's learnt how to make important decisions while terrible storms are raging on the seven seas understands when it's time to throw out an old wood-burning stove. At the same time he's a bit sorry he didn't start by mentioning the bicycle. Now it's too late. Now he'll have to wait with that for a few weeks at least. You can't ask for two things at the same time, that's one thing too many.

The secret society THESEFOTHEDOTHFAS has embarked on its journey out into the unknown . . When he emerges into the open it's cold and totally still. The weak streetlamps cast a yellow glow over the piled-up snow. He cautiously makes his way out through the gate and looks round. He can hear a car in the distance. He stands absolutely still until the engine noise has died away. Then he starts walking through the deserted little town. For no special reason he finds himself taking the route he usually follows when going to school.

Like staying behind after school and knocking on the staffroom door and asking to speak to Miss Nederström, and then apologising and explaining that he'd been awake all night with toothache. It's a bad solution because it's a cowardly way out. Joel keeps on thinking. Maybe he ought to take the cowardly way out after all. The main thing is that his father shouldn't start getting suspicious. When the bell rings and the lesson is over, Joel decides to take the cowardly way out. He is responsible for the secret society, and he doesn't want to run the risk of not being able to find that solitary dog.

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