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It just baffles me, and it ruined my enjoyment. Why did they just not leave the Swedish in Swedish and the Chinese in Chinese with English or other sub choices. Just very,very odd. Details Edit. Release date December 30, Austria. Germany Sweden Austria. The Chinese Man. Wallander makes a breakthrough in the case, and this is one of those moments when time is of the essence, and he takes the day off to be with his daughter.
He is trying to do the right thing, attempting to completely divorce himself from the case to pay attention to his daughter, but it turns into a missed opportunity. I, too, was frustrated with Wallander at this point. They find the severed finger of a black man at the scene where they believe the real estate agent went missing. This turns out to be a digit that once belonged to Victor Mabatha of South Africa. During the course of the plot, Wallander and Mabatha intersect, and Victor gives this impassioned explanation for why he is the way he is, which is the quote I chose to lead this review with.
So a missing person case becomes a nonsensical international case somehow involving a planned assassination in South Africa. Why are these people in Sweden? Henning Mankill adds some additional spice to the plot with a demented, immoral Russian named Konovalenko.
He runs the sole of his boot down the face of a person he just killed to close their eyes. Somehow that made me shudder more than the actual killing of the person. Maybe because we all deserve some semblance of reverence in death. I would be a very considerate serial killer. I found it interesting that Mankill takes us from the mind of Wallander to the political musings of several politicians in South Africa.
We start to discover the extent of the conspiracy. The question is, can Wallander put the pieces together in time to obstruct a world tragedy? That looks like the face of a man who put two and two together and got sixteen. They scrambled the order of the books, which required some changes to the backstory, but not enough to bother me. I have a set of the Wallander books and plan to read them all.
I set them aside to watch the TV series, which does break a half a dozen Keeten reading rules, but certainly seeing the TV episode of this book did not detract from my reading enjoyment. A story well told can be experienced many times with new insights with each retelling. View all 29 comments. This, the third entry in Henning Mankell's series featuring Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander, appeared in , and is a very ambitious effort--in the end, perhaps overly so.
The story starts simply enough with the murder of a real estate agent who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it quickly spins into a major international conspiracy involving a plot by die-hard South African whites to assassinate Nelson Mandela, shortly after he was released from prison. The plotters have This, the third entry in Henning Mankell's series featuring Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander, appeared in , and is a very ambitious effort--in the end, perhaps overly so.
The plotters have recruited a black assassin to murder Mandela, hoping to spark a race war that will enable the whites to continue to control the country. They've recruited a former KGB agent to train the assassin and have concluded for some reason that the training would best be done secretly in Sweden, which is how Wallander's murder investigation becomes mixed up with the conspiracy. The story is told from several different points of view and jumps back and forth from Sweden to South Africa.
It's quite a long and complicated book with a fairly large cast of characters. In many ways it's a very intriguing story, somewhat along the lines of The Day of the Jackal. But it drags on a bit too long, and it's hard for Mankell to maintain the suspense throughout the book. I'm rating this three stars rather than four because over the course of the story, Kurt Wallander occasionally takes actions that make no sense.
The maverick cop who follows his own trail and sometimes takes shortcuts while ignoring the orders of his superiors is a staple of crime fiction, and most of us love these characters, at least as long as what they are doing seems logical. In these case though, on at least a couple of occasions, Wallander does things that seem totally illogical and which leave the reader, as well as his colleagues, wondering if he might be having some sort of mental breakdown. Still, in all, I enjoyed the story and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
View all 9 comments. I'm only reviewing this one book, but I've read the entire detective series by Henning Mankell, and I am a huge fan. I first became aware of him after returning from a trip to Sweden in , and then discovered he has a cult following in Europe and is beginning to have one in the U.
He has written all kinds of novels, but I've focused on his mystery series featuring Swedish police officer Kurt Wallander. The Wallander stories are good mysteries in their own right, but what commends the books I'm only reviewing this one book, but I've read the entire detective series by Henning Mankell, and I am a huge fan. The Wallander stories are good mysteries in their own right, but what commends the books is Wallander's struggles to live life as a middle-aged detective whose personal life is always under strain.
His wife has left him, his daughter has a spotty relationship with him, he finds another woman in his life but isn't able to commit, he constantly thinks about getting out of the police force. It's that human-ness, and what I think of as a Swedish pessimism, that makes this series so intoxicating. Also, because Mankell the author lives about half of every year in Mozambique, several of his plots also have fascinating explorations of problems in Africa.
I highly recommend this series. View all 3 comments. A missing woman leads to a brutal murder, which leads to a conspiracy of murder, all the way to apartheid South Africa. Wallander is racing the clock, as he focuses on cleaning up the crime. But he is running out of time.
Kurt Wallander and South Africa. In a medium sized city Ystad is around 30k population an assassination attempt is uncovered following a murder. This connection to South Africa is both thrilling and stretched out — leading this reader to believe that Mankell uses his Wallander pulpit as a vehicle to talk about South Africa. Which is fine, it just spreads thin what would otherwise be a pretty good whodunit. This also made me wonder about Ystad. The map shows this as extreme southernmost Sweden and of medium size.
I looked up some comparable United States and Tennessee towns of the same size to give me an idea about the kind of place Mankell describes. These are some very modest places. And what about Wallander? Well, sure, but Mankell does it very well in the Scandinavian crime fiction.
So, not his best but still very good and worth another visit to sunny Ystad. View all 5 comments. Henning, dude, if you want to write a book about how it sucks to live in racist South Africa, I'm all for it. If I wanted to read the Ladies Detective series, I would have joined a book clu Henning, dude, if you want to write a book about how it sucks to live in racist South Africa, I'm all for it.
If I wanted to read the Ladies Detective series, I would have joined a book club Serious global issues merge with entertainment. Mankell has deep commitments to social justice--immigration, racism, and so one--so he brings these issues to the small town and the small town cop, who initially seems politically disnterested.
In this third book a woman is brutally slain and this is already head-shakingly disturbing to the small town and even the cops. Who would want to do this?! What is the world coming to? Well, there are two basic threads in this novel, one that connects this seemingly random small town murder with a plot to kill a major political figure in South Africa, in , as Apartheid slowly collapses, with pushback against the ANC from Afrikaaners still in power.
But small town cop Wallander has an opportunity to impact world events by doing the right thing. There are some much slower parts the down side of the ambition than we typically see in crime fiction, as we examine the injustices of Apartheid in South Africa, through quite a bit of talk, though this is not a tale of simple good vs evil, blacks--good and whites--evil; things are more complicated than that.
And Wallander is roughly half of this story, as we go back and forth between Sweden and South Africa. Here the world of Swedish detective Kurt Wallander crosses that of South African plotters intent on political murder.
I'm not sure if I read this before or after Dogs of Riga. I enjoyed this book, liked the characterisation and the settings, despite the more than slightly stretched set up. It was hard to avoid the feeling that Mankell really was much more interested in writing about southern Africa, where he spent part of the year living for a fair chunk of his life, rather than his shabby Detec Here the world of Swedish detective Kurt Wallander crosses that of South African plotters intent on political murder.
It was hard to avoid the feeling that Mankell really was much more interested in writing about southern Africa, where he spent part of the year living for a fair chunk of his life, rather than his shabby Detective living in gloomy Scandinavia. I was thoroughly involved right up until the second murder, at which point I lost all emotional investment in the story, but if you are a murder mystery fan, you'll probably enjoy this better than I did. Reading teaches me that I'm not suited to the murder mystery genre I suppose.
Come the second murder my suspension of disbelief is over, the illusion is gone and I can't see it as anything other than a constructed and unrealistic novel any more. The reportage of Homicide was probably the last nail in the coffin for me for this kind of book.
View all 8 comments. I hesitated a long time before reading the third Wallander story. That's mainly because I knew that this book would be much different than the first two since it is a lot more ambitious. It deals with Mandela I read the papers for that kinda stuff. The first two books had many flaws but they were also interesting in a certain way because they mainly focused on the characters and the I hesitated a long time before reading the third Wallander story.
The first two books had many flaws but they were also interesting in a certain way because they mainly focused on the characters and the crime. This story is about Mandela and I think that this territory is way too big and grand to properly deal with when it is put into a crime novel. I obviously get the point, Mankell had good intentions but when I pick up a crime novel I enjoy reading about the most simple characters in their daily surroundings, it is absolutely enough for an exciting story.
This book is simply aaaaall ooover the place! There is nooooo character development whatsoever. There were too many plotlines, too many flat characters, the villains were only bad and nearly completely one-dimensional, there were also many plotholes and moments when I wanted to shout "Ooooh pleeeeasseeee I don't want to hate on Mankell because he wanted to do something good and had the right intentions but in my opinion it didn't work out at all.
If you want to write a proper book about politics or about Mandela then that's fine. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very far fetched. Could a policeman ignore police procedures. The kidnapping, firefight and then keeping Mabasha as a house guest. Its just unbelievable. However, the plot, conspiracy and light linking all together is good.
Wallander is at is best in being cowardly and heroic as well as his depression and the unhealthy life style take their toll. The murder of the real estate agent and the ruthless Konavalenko lead us on a fast paced thriller. I am curious to watch the tv adaptation now. The sto Very far fetched. The story is set in and South Africa is in transition and turmoil.
A white brotherhood of Boers plans to create a civil war to enable them to maintain the policies of apartheid. Wallander stumbles on to the conspiracy and it becomes a race to see if an assassination can be stopped. I say "intended" because on some levels it doesn't succeed as such. I'm a big fan of Wallander: his idiosyncrasies, his anti-authority attitude, his loneliness and faltering family relations - they all evoke a reader's empathy in just the right amounts - but Mankell's ambitions to incorporate in this book a world stage of politics, assassinations, and thir Book Review The White Lioness , the third in the Kurt Wallander series is perhaps intended as Mankell's most ambitious Wallander novel to date.
I'm a big fan of Wallander: his idiosyncrasies, his anti-authority attitude, his loneliness and faltering family relations - they all evoke a reader's empathy in just the right amounts - but Mankell's ambitions to incorporate in this book a world stage of politics, assassinations, and third person point of views stretching across two continents may have stretched this book beyond the pale of a single mystery novel.
This book was published some 20 years since Henning Mankell's first trip to the African continent, a continent he now calls his second home. We write what we know and so it is to be expected that some of Mankell's fondness for Africa would show up in a Wallander book he has written stand alones that focus on Africa, novels such as A Treacherous Paradise , The Eye of the Leopard , or his Chronicler of the Winds , but the case can be made that as an author just because you know Africa or love its people, it doesn't mean that one should attempt to incorporate it in a Wallander series that takes place far removed from such passions.
This can create problems for the author. For example: Kurt Wallander is relatively ignorant of international politics we know this from reading Dog of Riga. To create a book that focuses on the flammable politics of a nation far removed and place it within a Wallander book can stretch a reader's credulity as it did with me. To circumvent this problem, Mankell created various third person viewpoints that includes allowing the reader to enter the mind of de Klerk, president of South Africa.
It didn't work for me. Not when reading a Wallander book. This is not to say that the parts taking place in South Africa didn't evoke interest. Mankell does a good job of outlining the problem and giving some salient plot elements to drive the point home Reminder to self: read one of Mankell's stand-alones taking place in Africa. The metaphor of the White Lioness concretized by an observation of several very minor characters while on safari works only to a certain degree to accent the issue of apartheid.
Did it really drive home the essence of the novel? I didn't think so. On the other hand, I had a few problems with the aspects of this novel that take place in Sweden. I know Wallander despises authority, I know he bucks the system What is the deep underlying cause for this behavior?
Lack of sleep? I don't think so, Wallander has never slept well. Having said all of the above and the resultant 3 star rating, I still enjoyed the book. That after all, is the magic of Henning Mankell. To cause us to care about Wallander. He is married to Eva Bergman. Henning Mankell - Author It might be said that the fall of communism and the consequent increase in Swedish immigration and asylum seekers has been the engine that drives much of Swedish crime fiction.
Mankell's social conscience, his cool attitude towards nationalism and intolerance is largely a result of the writer's commitment to helping the disadvantaged see his theater work in Africa. In this vein, readers might be interested in his stand-alone novel Kennedy's Brain a thriller set in Africa and inspired by the AIDS epidemic Mankell often traveled to Africa to help third world populations ; or read his The Eye of the Leopard , a haunting novel juxtaposing a man's coming of age in Sweden and his life in Zambia.
Mankell's love of Africa, his theater work on that continent, and his exploits in helping the disadvantaged is not generally known by his American readers. In fact, an international news story that has largely gone unnoticed is that while the world watched as Israeli soldiers captured ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade, few people are aware that among the prisoners of the Israelis was one of the world's most successful and acclaimed writers: Henning Mankell.
It is no exaggeration when I say that Henning Mankell is by far one of the most successful writers in Scandinavia, especially in his own country of Sweden. The Nordic weather, cold to the bones, drives its populace indoors for much of the year where cuddling up to read the latest in crime fiction is a national pastime. For many GR readers who have been introduced to Kurt Wallander it is interesting to note that ultimately the success of bringing Mankell to English speaking audiences only came after bringing in the same production company responsible for Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy for the wildly popular BBC version starring Kenneth Branagh.
Viewers had no problem with an anglicized version of Mankell's work, an English speaking cast set down in a genuine Swedish countryside. Of course, to those fans thoroughly familiar with Mankell's work, it is the Swedish televised version that is found to be a more accurately portrayal of Mankell's novels And there's a reason for that. Henning's prose is straightforward, organized, written mostly in linear fashion, a straightforward contract with the reader.
It is largely quantified as police procedural work. The work of men who are dogged and patient to a fault. Kurt Wallander, the hero in Mankell's novels, is the alter ego of his creator: a lonely man, a dogged policeman, a flawed hero, out of shape, suffering from headaches and diabetes, and possessing a scarred soul.
Understandably so and if some of the GR reviews are an indication; like his famous father-in-law Ingmar Bergman, Mankell is from a country noted for its Nordic gloom. But before you make the assumption that this is yet another addition to the somberness and darkness that characterizes Nordic writing Mankell often confounds this cliche with guarded optimism and passages crammed with humanity for Mankell, this is true both personally and professionally as a writer.
As Americans we often think of Sweden as possessing an very open attitude towards sex and that this is in marked contrast or perhaps reprieve to the somber attitudes of its populace. But this is a view that often confounds Swedish people. The idea of Nordic carnality is notably absent in Mankell's work, as much a statement of its erroneous perception Swedes do not see themselves as part of any sexual revolution at all and in the case of Mankell ironic because the film director most responsible for advancing these explicit sexual parameters for his time was his own father-in-law the great Ingmar Bergman.
In a world where Bergman moves in a universe where characters are dark, violent, extreme and aggressive - take note that the ultimate root of this bloody death and ennui lies in the Norse and Icelandic Viking sagas of Scandinavian history - that dark, somber view ascribed to both Mankell and Bergman's work was often a topic of intense jovial interest between these two artists. For any reader of Nordic crime fiction, Henning Mankell is an immensely popular and staple read.
View all 11 comments. This is the third book of the Wallander series. The plot is around an execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife. This apparent simple investigation unmasks a murder plot against President De Klerk and the future South-african president Nelson Mandela. A ex-KGB agent together with a mercenary south-african will be responsible for such political outrage. As usual, Inspector Wallander gives his own personal way in this crime investigation.
The book's tittle refers to an albino lioness and its rea This is the third book of the Wallander series. The book's tittle refers to an albino lioness and its real meaning is given below: Page He was thinking about the white lioness.
A symbol of Africa, he thought. The animal at rest, the calm before it gets to its feet and musters all its strength. The beast of prey one cannot afford to wound, but which has to be killed if it starts to attack. A movie was made based on this book: The White Lioness View all 7 comments. Kurt Wallander book 3 : My first Wallander, and not realising the start of my affection for this series despite the following one sentence review I gave this, when I read it: 'Kurt Wallander investigates the random killing of a 'perfect' wife… which is just the start of a plot to kill the recently released Nelson Mandela… a good read, but very close to being over the top..
Nelson Mandela!! Upgraded to 7 out of 12, Three Stars after a reread in Shelves: political , detective , mystery , swedish-lit , north-atlantic. I approached The White Lioness tentatively, afraid that I wouldn't like it and that it could very well mark the end of my appreciation for the written Wallander. Faceless Killers was a somewhat uninspired though compelling murder mystery.
It was straightforward, and exactly what one would expect from the story of a taciturn Swedish cop in quiet Ystad. Coupled with the BBC movies, it was more than enough to make me want to proceed in the series. Dogs of Riga , however, was something else entirely. It wasn't bad, but it was thoroughly unexpected.
It was a political thriller in the guise of a cop mystery, and Kurt Wallander's foray into Latvia felt too forced and uncharacteristic despite the book's early place in the Wallander chronology to rise above Mankell 's personal, political agenda. It wasn't bad, but it made me wary of what might come next. The names in use then have been retained here. And to some extent it was, but in a more masterful and confident way.
Mankell does with The White Lioness what he probably should have done with its predecessor. Instead, he lets these two stories bleed into each other in their separate countries, showing us how the actions of men and women in Sweden and South Africa simultaneously and unwittingly affect the other.
The two stories are constantly and necessarily tied together, but few of the important characters ever meet. An assassination attempt on Nelson Mandela would not have the same implications today, which means that this story, barring an attempted big screen period piece, will never make it to the screen, at least not with Branagh as Wallander. How I would love to see it, though. This really is an excellent Wallander tale.
The Dogs of Riga have been put to rest. Mankell undertook a difficult premise I am intrigued by Wallender with all of his flaws and uncertainties. The African side was relatively weaker, with no well-developed characters to care about. The ending was staged and anti-climatic.
Other books in this series are better. Great storyline.
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