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Handen author Henning Mankell

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Dan verdwijnt de vader van Hans en later ook diens moeder Iedereen Wallander incluis staat voor een raadsel In dit allerlaatste deel in de Wallander reeks belandt de i. Book ReviewWe a

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Vanwege een fout staat inspecteur Kurt Wallander even op non actief Zijn dochter Linda en haar partner Hans de zoon van een Zweedse marineofficier krijgen een dochter. There are alrea

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Nspecteur in de voor hem ongekende werelden van de Zweedse marine én onrechtstreeks de spionage Er wachten hem nieuwe uitdagingen al leidt hij het onderzoek niet zelf. Without giving

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  1. says:

    Reading this Henning Mankell's latest and final in the Kurt Wallander series was like finding myself in a well known and beloved landscape Kurt Wallanderland Mankell is not a great stylist but he has managed to do something remarkable in his creation of Police Detective Wallander I love this melancholy man Smart humane brooding somehow both slow and sharp he is an old and dear friend to meI think I've now read all of the Wallander novels A few of them don't uite work The Dogs of Riga comes to mind but most are terrific Like Highsmith another writer whose prose style seems to me flat sometimes stilted Mankell tells a damn good story His evocation of landscape a sector of Swedish society of national and international politics of Wallander and his family give his novels life beyond the pageIn this last novel Wallander has taken a small home in the country and is facing his mortality in everything he does Linda his daughter has married a man whose father a military submarine man goes missing Wallendar's hunt for him takes him to Copenhagen Berlin the Swedish island archipelago More about plot need not be saidWallander already I miss you

  2. says:

    I won't rehash the plot others have done a fine job of that My problem with the book is that Henning Mankell was astonishingly lazy with his plotting He seems to have made up the plot as he went along with no clear idea of where he was going or what the solution would be There's a stunningly inane unbelievable and contrived coincidence a third of the way through the book that ultimately ends up being totally unnecessary I can't understand why Mankell didn't cut it because it asks for such a massive suspension of disbelief that it ruins the novel There are other plotting problems ones you'd expect from a novice rather than an accomplished pro like Mankell Whenever Wallander has a gap in his knowledge rather than come up with a clever and interesting way for the detective to find out what he needs to know Mankell creates instant expository characters to conveniently give Wallander answers and then leave the stage never to be seen again in the novel ie Wallander knows nothing about East Germany so he creates an East German defector Wallander once knew that can give him a detailed lecture on the specific area of Wallanders interest Or in another example Wallander knows nothing about Swedish naval history so Mankell creates a childhood friend Wallander has lot touch with who just happens to be an expert on everything that has ever happened to any naval officer or their family members in the history of Sweden including the details of their day to day calendars As a mystery this book is a big and often frustrating disappointment that comes to a very unsatisfying clumsy conclusion But the novel does work as a melancholy look into the life of Kurt Wallander a lonely and sad policeman who feels his age and is losing his grasp on his memory

  3. says:

    There are already so many excellent reviews of this book I feel I have little to add except to agree it was a compelling read with several major surprises and also very sad I did find the ending unsatisfying but I think that was the author's intent The issues of aging and death Wallander is wrestling with cannot be neatly resolved

  4. says:

    Book ReviewWe all form connections and we break them We build friendships Some of us are on teams at work only to get displaced and join a different team We travel to distant lands and leave such lands and the people in it We have families and children this sacred space we rarely leave until death We marry and sometimes we divorce a beloved We become fans of successful artists perhaps a musician a singersongwriter or a Maxfield Parrish or a Goya only to feel our inner landscape has changed as do our tastes We form connections with strangers using Twitter Facebook Instagram where the sheer volume of activity makes the absence of one such connection virtually unnoticeable And then we form connections with characters on the television and in books because they reflect an essence that already exists in our own being We are anxious to not have them end as they all must Truth is we do not want to be left without our connections because they than anything else form the fabric of our lives It is through connections that we have a semblance of immortalityAnd still we face the end of our existence alone no matter what connections were made or remain I am reminded of Lee Child’s fictional character Jack Reacher where in the series review I mention ”Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a uniue animalhuman running around on this planet and that in spite of social conventions cultural trappings and whatever conventions and abstractions we allow into our mind in order to alleviate this core fact of our singularity and solitudethe truth of it is not something Mr Reacher denies Secretly we only wish we could face life alone as Reacher does”Humanity has devoted many religious institutions dogma if not philosophical thought to this problem of human existence and the end of it as a means to assuage our fear of it as opposed to providing an actual answer And to have this fear extinguished or not the one consistent rope to which we cling to is our identity our individual accomplishments We are someone as opposed to someone else Our character our personality our ID cannot be erased and is the only connection that remains On our death bed at least we are in the company of ourselvesOr is this not true? Can even this last connection be taken away from us? Henning Mankel in this the last of the Kurt Wallander novels gives us the unpleasant answer And in a sense perhaps The Troubled Man is the most terrifying of all the Kurt Wallander novels especially if you’ve established a clear connection to this brooding emphatic man It is a sad and intriguing story in which the reader will experience a profound sense of rejection of what is proposed by the author That to end this series Kurt is not killed as a policeman He is not shelved to a retired policeman’s life as a father and grandfather with a family that surrounds him No Mankell has something far devious in mind for Kurt’s retirementMankell kills Wallander and lets him liveI will miss him Series ReviewHenning Mankell is an internationally known Swedish crime writer known mostly for this fictional character Kurt Wallander He is married to Eva BergmanHenning Mankell AuthorIt might be said that the fall of communism and the conseuent increase in Swedish immigration and asylum seekers has been the engine that drives much of Swedish crime fiction Mankell's social conscience his cool attitude towards nationalism and intolerance is largely a result of the writer's commitment to helping the disadvantaged see his theater work in Africa In this vein readers might be interested in his stand alone novel Kennedy's Brain a thriller set in Africa and inspired by the AIDS epidemic Mankell often traveled to Africa to help third world populations; or read his The Eye of the Leopard a haunting novel juxtaposing a man's coming of age in Sweden and his life in Zambia Mankell's love of Africa his theater work on that continent and his exploits in helping the disadvantaged is not generally known by his American readers In fact an international news story that has largely gone unnoticed is that while the world watched as Israeli soldiers captured ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade few people are aware that among the prisoners of the Israelis was one of the world's most successful and acclaimed writers Henning Mankell It is no exaggeration when I say that Henning Mankell is by far one of the most successful writers in Scandinavia especially in his own country of Sweden The Nordic weather cold to the bones drives its populace indoors for much of the year where cuddling up to read the latest in crime fiction is a national pastimeFor many GR readers who have been introduced to Kurt Wallander it is interesting to note that ultimately the success of bringing Mankell to English speaking audiences only came after bringing in the same production company responsible for Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy for the wildly popular BBC version starring Kenneth Branagh Viewers had no problem with an anglicized version of Mankell's work an English speaking cast set down in a genuine Swedish countryside Of course to those fans thoroughly familiar with Mankell's work it is the Swedish televised version that is found to be a accurately portrayal of Mankell's novelsnot the British sensationalized version And there's a reason for thatHenning's prose is straightforward organized written mostly in linear fashion a straightforward contract with the reader It is largely uantified as police procedural work The work of men who are dogged and patient to a fault Kurt Wallander the hero in Mankell's novels is the alter ego of his creator a lonely man a dogged policeman a flawed hero out of shape suffering from headaches and diabetes and possessing a scarred soul Understandably so and if some of the GR reviews are an indication; like his famous father in law Ingmar Bergman Mankell is from a country noted for its Nordic gloom But before you make the assumption that this is yet another addition to the somberness and darkness that characterizes Nordic writing Mankell often confounds this cliche with guarded optimism and passages crammed with humanity for Mankell this is true both personally and professionally as a writerAs Americans we often think of Sweden as possessing an very open attitude towards sex and that this is in marked contrast or perhaps reprieve to the somber attitudes of its populace But this is a view that often confounds Swedish people The idea of Nordic carnality is notably absent in Mankell's work as much a statement of its erroneous perception Swedes do not see themselves as part of any sexual revolution at all and in the case of Mankell ironic because the film director most responsible for advancing these explicit sexual parameters for his time was his own father in law the great Ingmar Bergman In a world where Bergman moves in a universe where characters are dark violent extreme and aggressive take note that the ultimate root of this bloody death and ennui lies in the Norse and Icelandic Viking sagas of Scandinavian history that dark somber view ascribed to both Mankell and Bergman's work was often a topic of intense jovial interest between these two artistsFor any reader of Nordic crime fiction Henning Mankell is an immensely popular and staple readEnjoy

  5. says:

    This is the last novel in the Wallander Series and I find it impossible to review it without spoilers As usual in this series there are pieces of a jigsaw waiting for Wallander to fit together Unusually though several are left out of the completed picture Small stones are mentioned one of which appears to travel from Sweden to Germany What does this signify? I have no idea A woman Louise is murdered this being the only murder in the book By whom? I have no idea Why? There is a suggestion but no evidence to back it up And why were her shoes left lying beside her body? Having read the book I am none the wiserLouise is the wife of an officer in the Swedish navy For the first part of the book it appears she has been spying for the Soviet Union then Russia Given she is a school teacher this seems unlikely To make it plausible Louise visits East Germany from time to time in connection with sportWallander eventually comes to the view that Louise was not the spy her husband was Secondly he concludes that her husband was spying for the Unites States not the Soviet Union This is possible since Sweden was neutral and not part of NATO Some of this is likely A spy needs information Louise had none but her husband had It is also uite likely that the US was spying in Sweden as everywhere else On the other hand and especially in the Soviet era the USSR was perceived to be the danger and I am sure many Swedes would have been happy to cooperate with the USSo why was Louise murdered? The suggestion is that she might have discovered what her husband was up to and had to be silenced Unfortunately for this theory Wallander has gone out of his way to visit a retired STASI officer and leaves persuaded that the method used to murder her was developed in East Germany So the communists murdered Louise to prevent her disclosing the fact that her husband spied for the US? I don’t think soHow good is this book? In life not all loose ends can be tied up but there are too many hereIn order to explain what has happened Wallander is reduced to speculation on a large scale since he lacks the necessary evidence In fact he leaves a written account of his thinking in the hands of the police officer responsible for investigating the death of Louise So confident is he of his conclusions that he doesn’t sign it One loose end is tied up but it has nothing to do with the case He is visited by his ex lover Baiba who is dying This mirrors a similar occurrence in Mankell’s novel Italian ShoesThe other aspect of the book worth noting is that Wallander is now in decline He has been so for some years of course most notably suffering from diabetes But now his mind is going as well and Mankell deals with the onset of dementia here It is hard to know how well but I find it both scary and convincing Wallander often reflects on the infirmity of old age and he does come across as seriously out of condition Being both older than the detective and active I find this odd He seems to me old before his time Mankell must have been 63 or 64 when writing this book so I hope he isn’t writing from experience

  6. says:

    This is not a book with which to begin your relationship with Henning Mankell's moody detective Kurt Wallander This is a novel purely for those who have formed a connection with Wallander over the many preceding novels I find Wallander one of the most richly human characters I've encountered in fiction believably flawed and lonely and morose perhaps because I am always flawed and sometimes lonely and morose myself and I was a bit saddened going into this book knowing that it was to be the last Wallander novel The mystery here is not as gripping and pulse pounding as those in some earlier books which was a bit disappointing But the slower pace allows time for Wallander to simply be Wallander and the nature of the case creates reasons for Wallander to spend time with his daughter Their thorny relationship has always been one of my favorite aspects of the books and it gets plenty of focus here For me the most deeply unnerving portions of this book had nothing to do with the crime Wallander investigates but rather with another immediate threat he faces And the ending is not the one I wanted for Wallander but it is a deeply human ending and I respect Mankell for not compromising in the final moments of his time with his most famous and beloved characterIt's probably silly of me to hold out hope for some Linda Wallander mysteries now but I can't help it

  7. says:

    Halfway through the book I find it hard to believe how fast this reads and how hard I find it to put it down I have a soft spot for Mankell ever since I saw him talk live and found that I could well listen for a few hours but in some of the Wallander mysteries I got a bit tired of rants about the political climate in Sweden This one had only a reasonable amount of that and I'm enjoying itFinished the book a bit sad that this is definitely the end of the series but I think it is a worthy ending to a series that covered roughly two decades of Wallander's life

  8. says:

    I usually give Henning Mankell's novels about Kurt Wallander 4 stars They're all very good always pushing the boundaries of the mystery genre in order to develop character and explore political issues The mysteries are often less interesting than the world Mankell constructs But since this is the end of the series for me and it's so sad to say goodbye to Kurt after following his ups and downs which are many for so long I'm going to give the finale 5 stars as a tribute to the entire body of work Such a great series overall I read them all in German to improve my language skills which was an added joy Give me a few months and I'll probably start all over again

  9. says:

    Without giving anything away pretty much everyone knows by now that The Troubled Man is the last Wallander novel and once again within the space of a month I'm having to say goodbye to not only a favorite series but to a favorite character as well I hate when this happens but series readers know it's likely inevitable at some pointIt began with the troubled man who in this case is Håkan von Enke retired naval officer husband of Louise and father of Hans Hans as it turns out is a hedge fund manager and Linda Wallander's significant other with whom she has a new baby girl At Håkan's 75th birthday party he takes Wallander aside and tells him a rather odd story about a strange incident that occurred during the Cold War involving Soviet submarines in a Swedish naval installation As Wallander listens with interest he notices Håkan watching someone watching him And then shortly afterwards Håkan simply disappears while out on a routine walk Even though he vanishes out of Wallander's police jurisdiction Linda begs her father to find out what happened and Wallander becomes involved But when Louise vanishes without a trace his involvement deepens and he begins to wonder if both incidents have anything to do with events that happened in the past in terms of both politics and long held family secrets But von Enke is not the only troubled man in the story that title can also be applied to Kurt Wallander himself At 60 with a new granddaughter he spends a great deal of time looking back at life and his relationships with Linda his ex wife Mona his father his co workers and old friends often with regrets sometimes with uestions about what might have been But importantly he's got another cause for concern lapses in his memory that begin to worry him especially as he reflects on his fatherI've loved this series from its beginning and although I've liked some books better than others it's always been consistent even up to this last installment Wallander remains the same old gloomy Gus he's always been deeply involved in whatever case he takes on to the detriment of his health and sometimes his family This is a much morose Wallander in The Troubled Man but he's still working hard to solve the mystery of the two disappearances Unlike most of the other books however there's a lot of detail here that tends to bog things down sometimes mostly involving Swedish Cold War politics NATO the US Government that can get a bit tedious after a while Not that it's not important to the storyit's just a bit overdone And Mankell's novels like those of many author Scandinavian authors all have a message to be conveyed dealing with politics or social issues that also is the case here But what really made this book for me unlike the others in the series was not so much the mystery or the detective work both of which are well plotted by the way but this time it was Wallander himself Seasoned Mankell veterans who've followed the series book by book will notice through Wallander's reflections and other devices little reminders of the other Wallander stories scattered throughout all the poignant now that this is the last of themYou don't need to read them all in order but why wouldn't you? Especially given that this is the last of one of the best crime fiction series out there wouldn't you want Wallander's entire history before opening this final book? As Mankell is telling his readers in this story there are just some things you need to figure out for yourselves but as for me I'm happy I read each one book by bookThanks to Henning Mankell like he'll ever see this but what the heck for the number of hours throughout my life I've had my nose buried in a Wallander novel I've loved every second

  10. says:

    I have loved this series even though I've read them out of order I love that they're a bit dark Wallander is always a bit down which to me seems totally logical in terms of the terrible crimes he's helping to solve It's his personality and I liked that about him It was consistent throughout all of the books But while I liked the mystery of this one I seriously disliked the ending Throughout the book Mankell's gave hints that Wallander was losing his memory but the last two sentences of the book are something about how and he sinks into Alzheimer's and spends the rest of his life in a fog only enjoying his daughter and grand daughter It was pretty crushing I have to admit I always had the higher hope that Wallander would endure to at least some sort of retired happiness but Mankell really killed it I know he had said he didn't want to bring Wallander back for another book but it would have even been better if he killed him off in some noble way saving a life or solving the ultimate crime or whatever I was even fine with Baiba's reappearance and then death they had their closure and while Wallander missed her he could still move onI can't believe that I'm letting the last two paragraphs of a 267 page book ruin it for me but they did I wish I hadn't read this so I could have let him retire and be happy in my mind

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