- Tapa blanda: 512 páginas
- Editor: Vintage (16 de febrero de 2012)
- Colección: Kurt Wallander
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0099548429
- ISBN-13: 978-0099548423
- Valoración media de los clientes: 4.8 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ver todas las opiniones (4 opiniones de clientes)
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº169.576 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 16 feb 2012
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"It's an unforgettable finale . . . As satisfying for its emotional depth as its suspense . . . A gripping mystery."
--"People "(four stars)
"With his new Wallander novel Mankell ups his game and enters John le Carre territory. Not only does "The Troubled Man" widen the scope of the detective's investigations into the world of international geopolitics and the relationship of Sweden to the U.S. and Russia, it is a work of genuine heft and substance, a melancholy, elegiac book that is thoughtful and perceptive about memory, regret and the unfathomability of human nature . . . Marvelously astute about behavior and motivation, Mankell has created in Wallander a shambling central character whose unconventional personality is at least as compelling as the crimes he investigates . . . We can feel Mankell consciously saying goodbye to these people [from Wallander's past] and that he will regret not writing about them as much as we will miss reading about them. Which is more, really,
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Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter's day he fails to come home. It seems that the retired naval officer has vanished without trace.
Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case as Håkan's son is engaged to his daughter Linda. A few months earlier, at Håkan's 75th birthday party, Kurt noticed that the old man appeared uneasy and seemed eager to talk about a controversial incident from his past career that remained shrouded in mystery. Could this be connected to his disappearance? When Håkan's wife Louise also goes missing, Wallander is determined to uncover the truth.
His search leads him down dark and unexpected avenues involving espionage, betrayal and new information about events during the Cold War that threatens to cause a political scandal on a scale unprecedented in Swedish history. The investigation also forces Kurt to look back over his own past and consider his hopes and regrets, as he comes to the unsettling realisation that even those we love the most can remain strangers to us.
And then an even darker cloud appears on the horizon...
The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, has already caused a sensation around the globe. The Troubled Man confirms Henning Mankell's position as the king of crime writing.
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Henning Mankell is a supreme author. His stories, although bleak, are so deep, so enticing that you really feel as if you know the characters, in this case the dark and complicated Kurt Wallander. The writing is crisp, yet detailed. You're there, picking up every clue, witnessing how this detective works. You can see his limitations and gasp at his skills without ever once thinking this is fiction. I also love, being a writer myself, how Mankell breaks the rules. He's not at all concerned about using adverbs, or so-called head-swapping. He writes for readers, not for literary editors, who need to get down from their high-chairs and understand that all people want is a damned good story. This is a great book, but so sad. No spoilers, but be prepared to cry. If you love Wallander, then you're going to need tissues. Henkell has not said this is the definitive end, but it seems like it and for that reason I'm going to miss this superb series. Simply put, there isn't anything quite like it. Buy them all, you won't regret it.
Pero como siempre, se aprende mucho sobre hechos históricos además que una buena historia
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Wallander has turned 60 now and is having a lot of health problems and now is experiencing memory loss. Since he isn't the sort of person to just go to the doctor, he has neglected his health his whole life and is afraid of what a doctor might say if he does go, so he stays away. He is forced to see the doctor when he has a health crisis, though. After this, he is on vacation time and spends it trying to find out what has happened to Hakan von Enke. The story moves along and becomes quite complicated when accusations fly about the von Enkes and the location changes several times.
I loved this book as I have loved all of the Kurt Wallander books. This one is a more complicated Cold War spy novel that kept my attention all the way through.
So please read the book in order! If you pick this as your first Wallander book, you will get truly depressed and will miss the true brilliance of Mankell's Wallander. For those who have read other books of the series, it goes without saying this book is a must-read.
The fact this book stirred up such emotions, says a lot about the skill of the author. As a person that has hit middle age and slowly moving past it, Wallander's fears of death, loneliness and the feeling that the best of his life had already passed echoed my own fears. The typical theme of loneliness and isolation that run throughout the series is truly amplified here. I missed the team of detectives and characters that worked with Wallander in other books.
However as the book points out Wallander is now the old guard and most of his contemporaries, with exception of Martinsson, have passed on or retired. The case is also more personal as it involves his daughter Linda's in-laws, who go missing
The case itself has many clues and I caught on to it midway through. The book, I felt was not so much about the mystery,
but more about Wallender's tying loose ends, reliving his past and present relationships with his ex-wife Mona, lover Baiba, and his daughter Linda.
His relationship with Linda on occasions are tense, and the conversations between them are sometimes terse. They get irritated with each other and Wallander often feels his daughter is infringing his personal space. Troubling him more is the dark shadows that envelop Wallander as he progressively starts to suffer from blackouts and memory loss.
Here too it is not too surprising what Mankell is hinting at on how he plans to end the Wallander's story. Even so, the last few sentences of this book broke me. The clinical disposal of the well-loved detective by Mankell left me in a dark, melancholic mood. I almost wanted to shout: "How dare you do this to him?"
Well it is obvious Mankell is truly finished with Wallander.
I’m sad to say that they are accurate. “The Troubled Man” is not only badly written, it’s a very disappointing conclusion to the Wallander series.
It’s bad in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to start. Mankell commits the original writer’s sin of telling instead of showing, and does it over and over. There are long narrative explanations as character after character recite their stories about the main characters. And those characters seem to pop up from the pages of the book without context or explanation. Wallander drives here, flies there, talks to people, calls them, considers his mortality, pets his dog, all without the narrative drive that animates Mankell earlier works. We get lots of interaction between Wallander and his daughter, but little development of that relationship. If this was a first novel, it would never have been published.
But of course, it is not a first novel. It was published because it was Mankell’s last Wallander novel, and it is a disappointing way to take leave of the Swedish detective, and represents, to this reader anyway, a case of literary negligence on Mankell’s part. It would have been better if he had just let the series stand, and not written this disappointing finale. For my money, I will prefer to think of the final Branagh episode as the end of the Wallander series. The spine of the story is the same, but the script is tighter and handles the balance between the case and Wallander’s creeping dementia with much more skill, with Wallander’s condition touching the case at a decisive moment, and his relationship for his daughter and granddaughter adding some warmth and heart to the shadow of a slowly graying future.
You may still feel obliged to read this, the final Mankell story, out of a sense of obligation. That’s why I did it, despite the reviews. Just be forewarned that the novel suffers from the same creeping loss of function as it’s protagonist. This is not the Kurt Wallander you have come to know.
At the novel's start, Wallander has finally moved to the country and has a dog, Jussi, named after an opera singer (did you expect less). Throughout the book, he begins displaying symptoms of forgetfulness and Alzheimer's. Being Kurt Wallander, he struggles to hide these symptoms from everyone and mostly succeeds.
In this final Kurt Wallander novel there is plenty of intrigue and Kurt eventually unveils a surprising conclusion to the mystery. There is also a surprise conclusion to the mystery.
A fitting novel to end the series. One of the best yet.
This last story centers on an aged Wallander who drinks far too much, is increasingly forgetful, and more and more out of touch with family (anyone) who loves him.
IT IS A LONG SLOW DEPRESSING STORY OF DECLINE.
And Mr. Mankell is NOT kind to our beloved Kurt Wallander .
Because we now know Mr. Mankell was dieing, I can only guess he harbored anger over his personal circumstances and took that anger out on his creation ( Kurt)....and ultimately his readers.
Is this story more about Mankell ( who just died) than Wallander? Maybe, I don't know.
Just be prepared.
Do not read if you are at all sensitive, or going through something.
There is an abundance of sadness, anger, and a really terrible, horribly depressing ending.