Journey to the End of the World Audio CD
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Top Customer Reviews
In this final book Joel is fifteen and has come to the end of his school years. Will he live his dream of him and his father Samuel leaving Northern Sweden for a life on a ship travelling on a Journey to the end of the world or will the letter telling him where his mum is now living change this. She left him when he was a baby and has never been in touch.
I cant tell you enough how much I enjoyed this series and this book. 5 stars is not enough. It absolutely moved me to tears, first book ever to do this.
Henning Mankell is a craftsman writer and this short series is his writing at the pinnacle of his skills.
For reader information the previous books in the series are as follows:-
First:- A bridge to the stars
Second:- Shadows in the twilight
Third:- When the snow fell
Fourth:- The Journey to the end of the world
Read and enjoy them, I promise you will not be dissapointed.
BEWARE SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH. The Joel Gustafson series is a series of books for children. The first one contains nothing that you would not want your eleven or twelve year old to read. But children can get through a series of books like this very fast, and will soon get to the last one. You may or may not want your child to read about the fifteen year old Joel losing his virginity to an Amsterdam prostitute or caring for a father who is dying of cancer. If you are thinking about giving these books to your children, read them yourself first. Read them anyway; they are worth reading.
Although I didn't read it in english and can't comment on the translation, I would highly recommend this book to everyone at any age, but especially to those between the ages of 11 and 14. This is a book you want to grow up with.
Even though I have not thought about this story for a long time and I can not remember the details, what I recall is the feeling this book is able to create. It is a quiet book and it is a very strong book. You feel with the protagonist at every single moment. You can grow up reading this book, I sure felt more grown up after reading it.
I have read many books so far but I only read a handful other books, that were able to create a similar strong feeling. I am very sorry that I fail to describe this feeling in better words, you might just have to find out yourselves.
At first I found the writing in this story quite stilted and alien but by the end I was fully engaged. Mankell's story of a boy stepping out into the world and the aching sadness of the narrative is slow burning but memorable.
LIKE MANKELL. SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM.
NEVER BEEN DISAPOINTED WITH ANY BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All four books have been so profound for me .
A privilege to have shared Joel,s journey and the characters he met on his way