Emma Nygren Nygren 从 印度北方邦瑟菲布尔邮政编码: 209871
** spoiler alert ** It's no secret that I am a Henning Mankell fan. I loved The Chronicler of the Winds and the Kurt Wallander series as well. But this story was just so dark and heart wrenching, too dark for even my tastes. In the 1870's a Swedish man chooses to study entomology after failing at every other available course of study. His unfailing pride and ego drive him to go on an African expedition to discover a bug and name it after himself. He gets hopelessly lost in the Kalahari desert and eventually comes across an orphaned boy. Thinking that he is acting in great compassion, the man adopts the boy, uproots him and takes him back home to Sweden. The boy, Daniel, is considered a "freak" in Sweden, since he is the only black person that most Swedes have ever seen. The best thing about the book is Mankell's ability to seamlessly switch points of view from Daniel and those around him. He really gets into Daniel's skin. But it was just such a sad and lonely story. Daniel keeps trying to find the sea -- knowing that he traveled across the ocean to get to his current home -- trying to learn how to walk on water, thinking he could get back home. He is eventually kills a handicapped girl thinking that she is an evil animal hiding in a human body. Ugh. If you want to depressed for a few days, read this book.