Monday, July 31, 2006

Chronicler Of The Winds by Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell is a thriller writer (with a very good series for the mystery buffs among us) who has branched out with his latest book and has successfully pulled off a completely different kind of novel. Set in an unknown country in Africa the narrator, a baker, finds what he thinks is a street boy who has been shot. Nelio is so much more however and telling his story changes the life of the baker forever.

Some reviewers will find the occasional dips into magical realism to be a flaw in the novel but for me it was one of the strengths moving the novel from a sad fable about a troubling time and place into a mythic saga that makes meaningful the life to a ten year old child of the streets.

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