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Shadows in the Twilight

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing; MP3 Una edition (10 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743105797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743105795
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,787,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mankell's story always hovers on the edge of magical realism but he suggests that there is no magic as powerful as the imagination of a melancholy child." (Stephanie Merritt Observer)

"Translated beautifully by Laurie Thompson . . . there is no need to have read the previous book to be entranced by this one." (Jo Klaces TES)

"Beautifully written" (The Bookseller)

"A concise and questioning narrative that will amply reward reflective readers aged 10 and above." (School Librarian)

"Through Joel, Mankell invites us to think about what it is that makes us who we are, in this beautiful book." (Booktrusted.co.uk) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the world's bestselling authors has written a moving story about a a teenager's life in Northern Sweden. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
SHADOWS IN THE TWILIGHT by Henning Mankell is written using the distinctive voice of the main character, Joel. This is a companion book to A BRIDGE TO THE STARS.

This is a story that asks philosophical questions and does it in a way everyone can understand. Best known for his crime novels for adults, Mankell will win the young adult reader over, as well. As the author is Swedish, it has a decidedly European flare in style as well as setting that the reader will find refreshing and honest.

Some of the questions addressed are faith, miracles, gender, and when to make the choice of staying silent or telling the truth. Told in the first person, the reader gets to see inside Joel's head and understand the questions and the changes in his life from the boy's perspective. It is a shrewdly told tale of a boy who thinks that he might have experienced divine intervention, and what happens when he tries to prove that he deserved said intervention through an elaborate scheme to do good.

Through the eyes of Joel we see a world created with magic, imagination, reality, and possible divinity. The reader becomes sucked into Joel's world to the point where nothing he says seems improbable, only interesting and special. It is a book that asks the big questions and does it creatively, beautifully, and interestingly.

Reviewed by: Christina Tsichlis
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Good for young readers 8 - 12 years old, any one older than that is not likely to identify with Joel. I found the inherent innocence charming but also brought excruciating memories of adolescence, this is very different to the usual Mankell fair.
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Heart warming, such understanding of the process of growing up. It's magical. So pleasing that at last someone understands how it feels.Better than any psychology book I have read.
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Lovely story, never read JG ones before. I think they are for older children?
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henning Mankell paints a vivid picture with eccentric but lovable characters in his novels 19 Nov. 2008
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Soon-to-be-12-year-old Joel Gustafson thinks life in his small Swedish community is pretty simple in September 1957. And it is. Joel has his father, his friends and his school. But then The Miracle happens, and Joel needs to find a way to do a good deed to show his thanks.

Joel first appeared in A BRIDGE TO THE STARS, where he learned that his father Samuel was finally moving on to a new life and girlfriend Sara after Joel's mother Jenny left them years ago. He also met Gertrud, a woman with no nose (as a result of an operation). After he played pranks on her and she confronted him, he realized what an interesting person she really was and they became friends.

In this follow-up novel, Joel is run over by a bus but is perfectly fine. His bag could have pulled him under the wheels, but somehow he ended up positioned in such a way that nothing happened to him. Everyone around him is now staring at him and giving him hugs --- including Samuel, Sara, Gertrud and even his teacher, who he didn't think was capable of hugs. His father plays their favorite game of sea adventures with him and even gives him a picture from when Samuel was younger and a sailor.

It was a Miracle. Now Joel thinks his soul is in trouble, because he and his father are not religious, and he needs to offer thanks in some way. He resolves to do a great big good deed, but it's hard to determine what to do and who to help. His only two friends are Simon Windstrom, a lonely old man who is a bit crazy, and Gertrud.

Ultimately he decides to help Gertrud meet that special someone. He sees a handsome man at the bar where Sara works and begins sending him and Gertrud letters inviting each other to meet. When that doesn't work, Joel tries again; he does not want Gertrud to be lonely. A dance is coming up in their town, and Joel works to get Gertrud and the attractive stranger to meet there.

In the meantime, Joel is thinking hard about life, and about his mother. But his father doesn't want to answer any questions about Jenny. Does she think about Joel? Does she miss him? Does she wish she had never left? Some snooping uncovers a few answers but brings even more questions. After this, and when his plan to help Gertrud runs into problems, Joel realizes that some situations are better left alone.

What would you do if you almost died? Joel's approach to dealing with what happened to him is realistic. It's easy to relate to his questions about his place in the universe and where he came from, and a book that has no clear-cut answers is more interesting than one in which everything is laid out in a predictable way. Henning Mankell paints a vivid picture with eccentric but lovable characters in his novels. Joel has a good heart, even as he makes some mistakes.

--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Target Readership Needs Clarity 23 Dec. 2010
By ReadsALot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm adding my rating to this book based upon a couple of other low reviews. If ever a book underscores the reason for these book reviews, this is it. I regrettably didn't check these out in advance.

One of the prior "2" reviewers questioned if this were a story written for young people; another noted they "couldn't get into it". Per the latter comment, I am with that reviewer 100%. I did not finish the book. Per the other commentary, in the first few pages or on the back as I recall, it is noted that it is intended for a younger readership but I didn't know that in advance. It also has some of the same elements of another book I read by Menkell that I thought was "quite odd" per one of the main characters. This explained that in restrospect.

If there had been a way to categorize this book more obviously per intended audience, I expect it may have had/have greater receptivity.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine story evolves of discovery and change. 7 Sept. 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Readers of Henning Mankell's A BRIDGE TO THE STARS will relish SHADOWS IN THE TWILIGHT, continuing the story of Joel Gustafson, his father and their friends in a new story of good deeds, divine intervention and putting the world right. A fine story evolves of discovery and change.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 31 Oct. 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
SHADOWS IN THE TWILIGHT by Henning Mankell is written using the distinctive voice of the main character, Joel. This is a companion book to A BRIDGE TO THE STARS.

This is a story that asks philosophical questions and does it in a way everyone can understand. Best known for his crime novels for adults, Mankell will win the young adult reader over, as well. As the author is Swedish, it has a decidedly European flare in style as well as setting that the reader will find refreshing and honest.

Some of the questions addressed are faith, miracles, gender, and when to make the choice of staying silent or telling the truth. Told in the first person, the reader gets to see inside Joel's head and understand the questions and the changes in his life from the boy's perspective. It is a shrewdly told tale of a boy who thinks that he might have experienced divine intervention, and what happens when he tries to prove that he deserved said intervention through an elaborate scheme to do good.

Through the eyes of Joel we see a world created with magic, imagination, reality, and possible divinity. The reader becomes sucked into Joel's world to the point where nothing he says seems improbable, only interesting and special. It is a book that asks the big questions and does it creatively, beautifully, and interestingly.

Reviewed by: Christina Tsichlis
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Mankell's writing! 4 Jun. 2015
By Leah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What's not to love about Henning Mankell. The only book I didn't like of his in his entire repertoire was Depths and couldn't finish it. All of his other books have been wonderful but I am a special fan of his Kurt Wallander Mysteries. Read that series starting in sequence from the first book because it follows the character's life. Even the teen series books by Mankell are great.
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