After the Fire

After the Fire

Book - 2017
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"Fredrik Welin is a seventy-year-old former surgeon who retired in disgrace years ago. He has retreated to a Swedish archipelago, where he lives alone on an island ... He is perfectly content to live out his days in quiet solitude--until he wakes up one autumn evening to find his house on fire. Fredrik escapes just in time, wearing two left-footed boots. All that remains in the morning is a stinking ruin and evidence of arson. Fredrik cannot imagine why someone would do such a thing. The police are also stumped, and without another suspect, they begin to think Fredrik started the fire himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017
ISBN: 9780525435082
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine
Call Number: MANKELL, H


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Jan 12, 2019

This is surely no Nordic Noir novel, more of a Nordic Blues one. Odd story where a not so old man thinks he's a the end of the rope when his house burns down. He tries to find some excitement with a young journalist (how old is she, really?). But the best he can do is a so-so friendship with the girl. A very platonic relationship, indeed. To spice things up, he has to go to Paris to save his estranged daughter. But he's still very much insecure about the whole thing. To tie things up he uncovers, who set fire to his house. Who else? The crazy postman, that's who. The book has to end somewhere, right? All in all a very disappointing book from the author of the Wallander series

May 16, 2018

A novel about loneliness, empathy and the complexity of human relationships : a deep, sensitive psychological journey into the souls of some unforgettable individuals. This is the sequel to “Italian Shoes “which should be read first to comprehend the characters’ development and accomplishments.
Hennning Mankell’s incisive and analytical style reminds me of George Simenon’s

Mar 27, 2018

The creator of the Kurt Wallander police inspector series wrote this book which I can honestly describe as beautiful. Despite his use of a simply worded narrative, Mankel infuses it with a quiet human spirit that grew as I read. Fredrik, the main character in this novel, is an aging Swedish doctor whose life decisions have brought him to a lonely retirement. He claims to prefer isolation, but his actions contradict him. A strange fire that consumes his home drives him to look inside himself like never before.

There were times, during my reading, that I would tire of lateral references and descriptions that struck me as tangential. But looking back, I concluded that in this novel the author writes akin to the way our brain operates, by observing multiple details or happenings even as it zeroes in on a person or thing that drives the story forward. In this way Mankel unveils the doctor’s musings but also his genuine worries and fears about aging.
After the fire is a fine piece of reading. It is an intelligent tale about growing old.

Mar 23, 2018

I enjoy mankell's novels. There is a lot of talk about death in this one so perhaps shouldn't be read if feeling old, depressed. Very introspective i think. One should read his Italian Shoes first because this is a sequel.

Feb 03, 2018

A rambling string of words with no plot or point. A boat comes, the wind blows and the author rows his little boat. Blah.

DPLjennyp Jan 16, 2018

An examination of the nature of humanity wrapped up in a loose mystery. Slow and meandering, but it got its hooks into me and I still think of it weeks after finishing.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 19, 2017

The setting on the Swedish archipelago is desolate and bleak as is the life of the main character as the book begins. Arson as well as difficulties with an adult daughter set up a quiet tension. Atmospheric and tense!

multcolib_susannel Dec 04, 2017

Sixty-nine year old Fredrik Werlin wakes to his house exploding in flames.
Companion novel to Italian Shoes.


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