Book of the Week: 20 September – 26 September 2010


by Henning Mankell

In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Småland, Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before. He impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel and brings back to Sweden. Daniel struggles to understand this strange new land of mud and snow that seemingly entraps him. he is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him home to Africa. Knowing that the only way home is by sea, he decides he must learn to walk on water if he is ever to reclaim his true place in the world.
This evocative novel takes Daniel through a series of tragedies and betrayals that culminate in a shocking act.
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