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By Henning Mankell

ISBN-10: 0440240425

ISBN-13: 9780440240426

This poignant novel explores how a unilateral choice can swap a life.Two issues are challenging for Joel Gustafson to deal with: now not realizing why, and never having the ability to do something approximately it. Joel’s father was a sailor who lived through 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 looking his window one evening, Joel sees a lonely puppy in the street. Joel spots the animal back and starts sneaking out evening after evening, searching for it. in the course of those nocturnal outings, Joel discovers points of existence 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 wishes.

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Perhaps the dog is only visible at night. Just think, there might be Day People and Night People. People who are only visible at night. Children who go to school at night. Parents who chop down trees in the forest or go out shopping. Night People and Night Schools, Night Cars and Night Houses, Night Churches and a Night Sun. Not the moon, but a real sun that is only visible to the people who live during the night. He can hear that the late news has started on the radio. Samuel has turned up the volume because he no doubt thinks Joel will be asleep now.

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.

Miss Nederström emerges from the staff room where she makes tea and solves crossword puzzles during the lesson breaks. She has a club foot and she's been Joel's teacher ever since he started school. Once he put on an act to amuse the rest of the pupils by walking behind her, imitating her limp. She suddenly turned round and smiled. 'You're very good,' she said. ' If she hadn't had a club foot Joel could well imagine having her as a mum. But Miss Nederström is in fact a Mrs and has children of her own with the surveyor she's married to.

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