The Shadow Girls Paperback – 5 Sep 2013
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"Mankell writes with both a social conscience and great humour…it is both passionate and entertaining, and a strong indication that the Swedes are not as lugubrious as their crime fiction makes them out to be" (Sarah Crompton Daily Telegraph)
"Three girls escaping horror and hardship to make new lives in Sweden become the inspiration for troubled poet Jesper. But Mankell is too clever and cunning an author to go down any predictable path. Inspirational" (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)
"This quirky offering sets out to tackle the weighty topics of immigration and how refugees affect Swedish society" (Doug Johnston Independent on Sunday)
"Mankell is giving a voice to those who do not possess one. Some may feel that there are two kinds of novel here, which remain obstinately heterogeneous. But such is Mankell’s skill that we surrender to whatever mode the book settles into – and it might be argued that the comic sugaring of the pill in The Shadow Girls makes the hidden agenda all the more potent" (Barry Forshaw Independent)
"As we are drawn into the shadow world of immigrant life in Sweden, Mankell’s blend of comedy and moving drama provides a voice for those who lose theirs on their journey from oppression to imagined freedom; freedom which is often transient and blighted with prejudice and racism" (Irish Examiner)
The inspirational tale of a writer who finds himself caught up in the extraordinary stories of three young immigrant girls in Sweden by the 'Swedish John le Carre', Henning MankellSee all Product Description
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now released in English.
It starts with the story of 'Tea-Bag',a young African female who
escapes from a refugee camp in Spain,making her way to Sweden
after a chance meeting with a Swedish journalist .When in Gothenburg,
she becomes friends with Leyla,who came to Sweden,with her family,
from Iraq,and Tanya,a Russian who escaped from a brothel in Latvia.
We read of the harrowing stories of these three women ,and it is hard
not to be moved.
Jesper Humlin is a poet,who is having problems with all the important
relationships in his life,his girlfriend, his mother,and his publisher.
After coming across Tea-Bag,and her friends,he thinks her can use their
experiences for the benefit of his writing.
Mankell's prose is ,as usual, easy and fluent,and the stories of the three
women deeply affecting.There is also much wit in the book,particularly
in the author's descriptions of Humlin's relationships.Yet,overall a
weakness of plot gives the impression of a novel written in a hurry.
I read the whole book - other members of the book didn't even manage that - and it romped along but I would never recommend it to anyone.
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Only read half not as good as Mankells usually gripping storiesPublished 6 months ago by Sinbadsmum
I think I have read all of Henning Mankell's books now. Very good indeed.Published 11 months ago by Mrs S Morland
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Imaginatively written; fascinating read. Nothing to do with Wallander; everything to do with illegal migrants and their stories. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer