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The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell

The Eye of the Leopard (1990)

by Henning Mankell

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Seeking a nostalgic look at colonial rule. Forget it.
A young clueless working class Swede becomes middle-aged, somewhat knowledgeable Swedish-African egg farmer (tens of thousands of chickens) struggling (at first) to rule benevolently over hundreds of African workers. Mankell details the workings of a tiered society and how it must fail violently. He focuses on the whites, but a few Africans become recognizable as humans in the mass of local peoples: one westernized, two or three not. Writing is powerful. Story is hopeless, so don't expect to feel uplifted at the end. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
What I thought would be an early Kurt Wallander turned out to be a non-mystery and overall enjoyable until it just fizzled out in the last few chapters. The story was interesting, jumping between Sweden and Zambia, and it was told well but then it seemed to have no place to go.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
The book was catching. Not in the sense of "who-dunnit", but more like how will this end, what will Hans do, will he survive.
I find it amazing how the author succeeds to describe a life full of failure of a man of very good intentions without being boring. He put his finger right on the sour spot. But, I cannot tell exactly WHY Hans always fails, for me it is a combination of upbringing, making the wrong decisions and circumstances. ( )
1 vote BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
I'd wanted to read Mankell since seeing a Wallander adaptation of Masterpiece Mystery. Our local library had only one Mankell - "The Eye of the Leopard." Pretty disappointing. It's a Swedish smorgasbord of guilt, high-minded intentions, stasis, racism, loathing of racism, loathing of self, loathing of family, loathing of Sweden (only the late Olof Palme comes out with reputation intact), African stereotypes, rage, and - really - a woman without a nose who plays jazz trombone. I had to force myself to slog through this self-conscious mess to the end, which has no satisfying payoff. Can't recommend this one. ( )
  fromkin | Sep 29, 2011 |
Mankell is an excellent writer, not just a mystery writer. I may not have liked the content of this book (the chasm between black and white in Africa), but the writing is a joy to read. ( )
  love2laf | Sep 8, 2010 |
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Han vaknar i den afrikanska natten och tror plötsligt att hans kropp har rämnat.
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Arriving in newly independent Zambia in the hopes of fulfilling a friend's missionary dream, Hans Olofson endeavors to make Africa his home while struggling with such past demons as his father's alcoholism and a friend's accident.

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