After the Fire

After the Fire

Large Print - 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 swims in the sea every day, cutting a hole in the ice if necessary. 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. Fredrik's peaceful, simple life has slipped away from him. Then, Lisa Modin, a local journalist who wants to write a story about the fire, comes into his life, and she awakens in him something that he thought was long dead. After the Fire is an intimate portrait of a recluse who is forced to open himself up to a world he'd left behind"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432845384
1432845381
Characteristics: 615 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine - Translator
Alternative Title: Svenska gummistövlar

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genepy
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

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carlosgil
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.
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After the fire is a fine piece of reading. It is an intelligent tale about growing old.

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GrandCru
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.

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johncruse
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.

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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