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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell

The Man from Beijing (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)

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Title:The Man from Beijing
Authors:Henning Mankell
Other authors:Laurie Thompson (Translator)
Info:Knopf (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:China, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Transcontinental Railroad, forced labor, globalization, China-Africa relations, revenge, crime fiction

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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (2008)

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Begins as a conventional Swedish murder mystery in which virtually all the inhabitants of a remote village are slaughtered. Te reader is then transported to China and then America during the 1800's to follow the fortunes,or should I say misfortunes of three young Chinese brothers.Modern-day China comes next and finally to London's China-town.
The main character is a Swedish judge who attempts to solve the original murders. She is no Wallender and thats a fact.She just gets herself deeper and deeper in trouble.
Is it a good read or is it not ? On the whole it holds the attention,although it could have done with a little editing i think. ( )
  devenish | Mar 2, 2015 |
Henning Mankell's The Man from Beijing began as a traditionally bleak Scandinavian crime novel involving a mass murder in a northern Swedish hamlet, but it goes far, far beyond. Much of it is set in China, most of it is extremely political (and informative on the subject of Mao), the American gold-rush and the building of the transcontinental railroad are touched on in diary form, and the little mass murder in an unimportant Swedish town plays second or perhaps third fiddle to events in a global landscape. Henning Mankell has always been a wonderful story teller; in this book he reaches the pinnacle of his exemplary power. ( )
  ahef1963 | Jan 13, 2015 |
Henning Mankell has written some terrific books, but his isn't one of them. The book contained a lot of superlative dross that added nothing to the story, rather left me as the reader bored and waiting for the story to get back on line. There are some 35-40 characters in this novel -- some of them to such a minor degree one wonders why they are even brought in. Disappointed in the effort. ( )
  skraft001 | Dec 7, 2014 |
This story ends well, and has a wonderful main character. Brigitta Roslin is a middle-aged judge in Sweden with a marriage that has stopped being a source of nourishment. A series of odd murders in northern Sweden captures Judge Roslin's attention and this ultimately leads her to China, London, and other locals. The author, Henning Mankell, taking along detour through China in the mid-nineteenth century and tries to connect it up to the murders in northern Sweden that pull Judge Roslin in, and almost get her killed. It was a long detour and I am not sure it was worth the trip. The last 100 pages are quite suspenseful. The story is well crafted and I love that the main character is a judge in her fifties... ( )
  tinkermn | Aug 11, 2014 |
Although Birgitta Roslin is not anywhere near as interesting a character as Kurt Wallander, the story is still fascinating. It took some time to get going but once it did, it was hard to put down. Still, I want to read the final Wallander book.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
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Mankell’s fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable. If only it didn’t sabotage the opportunity for old-fashioned whodunit delight.

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"Op een koude dag in januari 2006 doet de politie van het stadje Hesjövallen een verschrikkelijke ontdekking. Er heeft een bloedbad plaatsgevonden. Achttien mensen zijn op beestachtige manier vermoord. Een krankzinnige moordenaar moet aan het werk zijn geweest.
Als Birgitta Roslin, rechter in Helsingborg, de berichten erover leest, is ze met stomheid geslagen. Want bijna alle slachtoffers zijn verwanten van haar.
Omdat de politie geen enkel spoor van de dader vindt en geen enkel aanknopingspunt heeft voor verder onderzoek, besluit Birgitta de zaak zelf te onderzoeken.
Het onderzoek voert Birgitta naar het verleden en leidt haar naar verschillende continenten. Ze maakt hardhandig kennis met een nieuwe supermacht die zijn plaats opeist in de internationale arena."
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Hudiksvall, January 2006, police find eighteen people massacred in a small village. They think it's the work of a mad man but Birgitta and August believe they were killed by the same person who killed their mother.

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