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Translated from the swedish by. Laurie Thompson. When the shoe fits, you don’t think about the foot. There are two sorts of truth: trivialities, where the opposite is obviously impossible, and deep truths, which are characterised by their opposite also being a deep truth. Before I fell asleep, he would often lie down beside me on my bed, stroke my head, and express his regret at the fact that my mother was so sensitive that, unfortunately, it was not possible to present me with any brothers or sisters. I grew up in a no-man’s-land between tears and tin soldiers.

I read Italian Shoes, the first book about elderly, disgraced former surgeon Fredrick Welin after I read the second, After the Fire, and this may have been a mistake. I found I liked After the Fire. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.

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Home Henning Mankell Italian Shoes. Giaconelli began telling remarkable stories about all the shoes he had made over the years, about customers who kept coming back for more, and their children who would turn up at his door after their parents had passed on. But most of his stories were about all the feet he had seen and measured before making his lasts, and how my feet would have already carried me for approaching 120,000 miles.

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We returned to the hospital at half past eight. It had started snowing, just a few flakes. I could see my tired face in the rear-view mirror. I was on a downward path, hemmed in by my own epilogue. There were a few entries and exits still to go, but not much more. I was so absorbed in my thoughts that I missed the turning for the hospital. Louise looked at me in surprise. We should have turned right there. I said nothing, drove round the block and then took the correct turning. Standing outside the A&E.

Sean Barrett (Read by). Laurie Thompson (Translator). Italian Shoes is as compelling as it is disturbing. Through his anti-hero Welin, Mankell tackles ageing and death with sensitivity and acuity, and as with the critically acclaimed Depths, delivers a moving tour-de-force on the frailty of mankind.

Written by Henning Mankell, narrated by Sean Barrett. Sweden, winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off.

Henning Mankell's new standalone novel opens similarly to its 2006 predecessor, Depths, on an island . There are no murders and little violence in Italian Shoes

Henning Mankell's new standalone novel opens similarly to its 2006 predecessor, Depths, on an island in the Swedish archipelago. Its themes of isolation and estrangement are similar too - but with one huge difference. There are no murders and little violence in Italian Shoes.

Swedish author Henning Mankell is known for his Kurt Wallander mystery series, books I intend to check out even though I am not a huge fan of the genre.

Swedish author Henning Mankell is known for his Kurt Wallander mystery series, books I intend to check out even though I am not a huge fan of the genre "When the shoe fits, you don't think about the foot.

Fredrik Welin, a retired surgeon of 66 years, has moved to an isolated island on the Archipelago off Sweden. He left his chosen profession under sad auspices, and it is not until we are far into this book, that we discover why. Fredrik's island was left to him by his grandparents, and he has many childhood memories here. Fredrik has few friends, and he seems to relish being alone.

Fredrik is the narrator of this book, and as he tells his story, we learn about his early years, his parents, his education, his profession, and the woman he left behind. That woman, Harriet shows up on his island with her walker on a very cold day after being ferried by the mailman, Jannsson. As the narration goes on, we learn of the isolation of this man his entire life, and finally his wakeful period, and what pushed him to wake up.

A wonderfully written and narrated story of a man finding his way in the latter years of his life. This is a book like old wine that grows with you as the story unfolds. No big mystery as his Wallender novels, but a well told story of a man and his life. I had read Mankell's last book, 'After The Fire' before moving to this book. Both are superb, but his last book would have been more meaningful to me if I had read 'Italian Shoes ' first. I will miss Henning Mankell's writings.

Recommended. prisrob 09-19-17
Mankell is best known as a mystery writer, but his other novels are at least as good if less well known. This is the story of a man who may deserve his loneliness as punishment for a careless and selfish life, but gradually he seems to, with difficulty find compassion and do his duty. Unsentimental, perhaps a bit bleak, but finally moving. If I didn't know who wrote it, I'd have guessed J.M. Coetzee.
This book is surely a change of pace from Kurt Wallander crime stories . . . and I liked it for a couple reasons. The usual melancholy atmosphere seems to have found an appropriate place to land: in the heart of a man whose mistakes and fears have driven him to an isolated island. He may be an extreme example but I don't believe his feelings are not so far afield from many who die with guilt and broken relationships. There is no happy ending but the main character is drawn into a spiral of events that offer him some form of closure. And besides Mankell actually lets himself show a bit of humor in his writing when portraying the man's two pets: "Both the dog and the cat had wandered off on their separate ways, as their tracks in the snow showed. They seldom went anywhere together. I wondered if they sometimes lied to each other about their intentions." This is a pleasant diversion for Mankell and so is the whole novel.
Powerfully effecting novel about one man's redemption from isolation and a life of evading responsibility and feeling. For me, this is one of Henning Mankell's best novels. The depth of the characters and the evoking of austere wintry landscapes are masterful and mind-grabbing. There's a convincing argument made here that healing after crisis best comes living outside of one's self and not simply going into safe retreat.

It was rather easy to identify with the central character's slow and painful return from self-imposed, self-pitying Baltic Sea exile. The redeeming is powered by a string of ongoing encounters with women he has wronged and others who have been wounded by life. The story's message of possible redemption and rebirth to useful and meaningful living as an older man (woman) is appealing and also something that one wants to relate to.

This a wonderful book that one reviewer correctly described as a kind of delicious vintage wine to be savored slowly. Mankell is truly one of the best writers of fiction currently at work in any language. Highly recommended.
I found myself deeply moved by "Italian Shoes". This is about a man who's unconsciously allowed his life to pass by and to have lost all opportunity at connection. He reflects on nothing. All blame is for others or explained and excused. His world is purely physical; walk; feed a pet, record the weather in a diary, repeat.

I would call it a "man-story"- the proto-man from Mars. It's a story about a man with such arrested development that his EQ is negative.

"You've never been a good person", she said. "You've always shrugged off your responsibilities". Fredrik Welin is a 66 year old former surgeon, now living almost as a hermit in a house inherited from his grandparents on a remote island. He is as emotionally remote as he is physically. He couldn't express his feelings even if he had any. He's created a routine of blithe diary entries, minimal care for an old dog and cat sprinkled with empty, superficial chatter with the mail man. It's a path of least resistance for a man who doesn't make choices or decisions but rather apathetically floats into a rudderless existence; aloof, spare, empty, unchallenged, detached and spiritless.

Then one day his past comes back with a visitor at his doorstep. He's reminded of prior misdeeds. He's not a criminal per se but a man that just didn't care and if that's had consequences than it's for others not Fredrik. All his success at suppressing his thoughts and compartmentalizing events, now fails him. He is slowly, agonizingly, coming to terms with the cost of missed opportunities. He is gripped with regret and knows his simplistic routines have ended but what comes next may not be up to him.

"I didn't want to be the man that had to jump down into freezing cold water everyday, in order to confirm he was still alive" Fredrik thought. Repeatedly he acknowledges the pain and regret of the dead soul he's created inside himself.

Fredrik's humanity will only return through an ugly and circuitous path. His past means dealing with people, taking an interest in others and expressing real empathy. With so many bad habits built up over the years it's not clear that he's going to succeed. I found myself easily turning the pages and wanting to know where this was going. Mankell's writing is spare but so spot on. I underlined no less that 15 phrases that struck me as so clear that I wanted to go back and re-read them.

The story has characters that are chillingly real to me. Fredrik's self imposed exile is so much more emotional than physical. Anyone can shut down while still going through the motions of a work and life. Fredrik's circumstances in that sense are no different or less likely than anyone else. Mankell could have chosen easier endings on at least two occasions and chose not to bringing some honesty to the ultimate conclusion.

I am not sure if it will have the same impact on other readers. For me it was a beautiful story, wonderfully told with a potent reminder that your life choices are your own.