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10 thoughts on “A Treacherous Paradise

  1. Amy Warrick Amy Warrick says:

    I couldn t read this got about a third of the way through and quit This reads like a particularly dry biography tough slogging At one point there is an incident in which the residents of this small African town, circa 1904 or so, hear that there is an iceberg visible from the harbor They all go running down to look, but there s nothing there This book is like that.


  2. Kasa Cotugno Kasa Cotugno says:

    Henning Mankell is credited for being the first author of Scandinavian crime thrillers to reach an international audience although he has credited Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo for his own inspiration His Kurt Wallander series were notable due to his flawed and all too human detective with an incredibly strong backstory Each novel in the series dispensed with the usual formula, and many had ties to other countries, several of them in Africa Mankell s knowledge of and love for that continent ru Henning Mankell is credited for being the first author of Scandinavian crime thrillers to reach an international audience although he has credited Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo for his own inspiration His Kurt Wallander series were notable due to his flawed and all too human detective with an incredibly strong backstory Each novel in the series dispensed with the usual formula, and many had ties to other countries, several of them in Africa Mankell s knowledge of and love for that continent run deep seeing as he spends half the year in Mozambique A Treacherous Paradise is the latest of several historical novels that explain and illuminate his second home Based on the thinnest of historical fact, that of the tax rolls of the town where his heroine owned a brothel in the early 20th century, Mankell delivers a saga of how Hanna came ashore in Laurenco Marques and found herself faced with unexpected reactions to racism and inequality What she learns about herself and passes onto the reader is the result of Mankell s evocative prose and storytelling prowess This is definitely the best of his African histories


  3. Carol Carol says:

    3.5 Stars Henning Mankell writes a first class, character based thriller and I ve read many of those This one has nothing to do with the Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander It was still an interesting historical fiction based in Portuguese Africa Mozambique in the early 1900s A Swedish woman was once the owner of one of the largest brothels in that area according to some tax records The author started with this little known fact and elaborated from there.Henning divides his time betw 3.5 Stars Henning Mankell writes a first class, character based thriller and I ve read many of those This one has nothing to do with the Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander It was still an interesting historical fiction based in Portuguese Africa Mozambique in the early 1900s A Swedish woman was once the owner of one of the largest brothels in that area according to some tax records The author started with this little known fact and elaborated from there.Henning divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique and, this novel reflects his love of Africa I also got a keen sense of his views on colonization and racism It may not have been his typical Nordic crime story but it was still a thought provoking and enjoyable read


  4. Sharon Sharon says:

    Need to gather my reactions.hard for me as HM is one of my favorite writers for many years and I never had this lack of enthusiasm before This book had such a flat lifelessness to it despite the story I had such a difficult time believing that a dirt poor country girl on the verge of starvation, in the space of very little time, could self educate herself and elevate herself sufficiently from her roots to maid, to cook on a ship, marry, be widowed, jump ship then wake up from an illness a Need to gather my reactions.hard for me as HM is one of my favorite writers for many years and I never had this lack of enthusiasm before This book had such a flat lifelessness to it despite the story I had such a difficult time believing that a dirt poor country girl on the verge of starvation, in the space of very little time, could self educate herself and elevate herself sufficiently from her roots to maid, to cook on a ship, marry, be widowed, jump ship then wake up from an illness and dress up to become a business woman let alone all the other issues at hand Hannah, Anna, Hannahwhatever just never took proper shape for me She was what the author made from a brief bit of story told him thought to have happened and he has made up quite a tale Why I think as with much of Henning Mankell s writing he wants to address the racial issues, political issues, colonization and things he finds troubling and wrong He does bring his politics into Wallander as well I know the author lives his life between Mozambique Sweden and I applaud his attempt but There were for me too many off the wall events and characters, let alone causes and issues


  5. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    Henning Mankell is one of my very favorites authors and I have read all of his Kurt Wallender series and several of his stand alone novels I couldn t wait to read this one translated and copyrighted on 2013, and I was not disappointed This settings for this story are early twentieth century Sweden and Mozambique, where according to Henkell s biography, he divides his time The protagonist is Hanna Renstrom who lives in the harsh environment of northern Sweden When conditins worsen and Hanna t Henning Mankell is one of my very favorites authors and I have read all of his Kurt Wallender series and several of his stand alone novels I couldn t wait to read this one translated and copyrighted on 2013, and I was not disappointed This settings for this story are early twentieth century Sweden and Mozambique, where according to Henkell s biography, he divides his time The protagonist is Hanna Renstrom who lives in the harsh environment of northern Sweden When conditins worsen and Hanna turns eighteen, her mother arranges for her to be taken by sleigh to a larger city by a man named Jonathan Forsman in hopes she could find employment She ends up staying in Forsman s house as a maid until one day a sea captain arrives to talk with her She is to be taken aboard to serve as cook on his ship headed for Australia Once on the ship, she meets one of the sailors and marries him When he dies after contracting a fever from going into an African village, Hanna watches his burial at sea and not able to stay on the ship because of memories, leaves and starts her life in Africa She checks into a hotel where she miscarries a baby and is so weak she must stay When she finds out the hotel is really a brothal, she stays and eventually marries the owner The plot relays her adventures in Lagoon of Good Death where she inherits her husband s monkey Carlos, and becomes extremely wealthy Most of the novel is taken up with the disparity between the whites and blacks and how she comes to realize she owes something to this town she has chosen as her own Another great book by a great author


  6. Victoria Moore Victoria Moore says:

    I became so bewitched while reading Henning Mankell s novel A Treacherous Paradise I took my time as I neared the end, because I hoped the resolution would be a happy one Based on a real person, the fictional protagonist Hanna Renstrom is a perpetually lost soul in a world full of rejection, prejudice and cruelty Forced out on her own at a young age she endures an arduous journey that leads her from Sweden to Lourenco Marques, Beira and the unknown Set in the early 1900s she eventually bec I became so bewitched while reading Henning Mankell s novel A Treacherous Paradise I took my time as I neared the end, because I hoped the resolution would be a happy one Based on a real person, the fictional protagonist Hanna Renstrom is a perpetually lost soul in a world full of rejection, prejudice and cruelty Forced out on her own at a young age she endures an arduous journey that leads her from Sweden to Lourenco Marques, Beira and the unknown Set in the early 1900s she eventually becomes the owner of a brothel, and a very wealthy woman, when her second husband dies Despite her feelings about the business, and the heartless racism the Blacks were subject to in Colonial Africa, she still manages to hang onto her humanity and befriend a chimpanzee named Carlos, who becomes her animal soul mate Unbearably sad, but beautifully written, Mankell managed to give an ugly time an aura that mystified and gave pleasure at the same time


  7. Mike Mitchell Mike Mitchell says:

    I m a pretty big fan of Mankell and I grabbed this expecting existential killers and gloomy detectives None of that here Instead, we get an engaging story of a young Swedish woman and her unlikely adventures in Africa at the turn on the century After getting over the ire of my self generated bait and switch, I settled down and enjoyed the book Unique and engaging, I d recommend it to just about anyone Just don t get your hopes up for Nordic psycho killers.


  8. Mal Warwick Mal Warwick says:

    Among the countless books and plays written by the masterful Swedish writer Henning Mankell are nine novels and one collection of five short stories about the life and work of a troubled police detective named Kurt Wallander in the town of Ystad, Sweden The Wallander series, which has been produced on television both in Sweden and in the UK starring Kenneth Branagh , is one of the best collections of crime novels I ve read and I ve read a lot of them But Mankell unaccountably set aside the Among the countless books and plays written by the masterful Swedish writer Henning Mankell are nine novels and one collection of five short stories about the life and work of a troubled police detective named Kurt Wallander in the town of Ystad, Sweden The Wallander series, which has been produced on television both in Sweden and in the UK starring Kenneth Branagh , is one of the best collections of crime novels I ve read and I ve read a lot of them But Mankell unaccountably set aside the complex detective in 2011 to devote himself to other writing projects If A Treacherous Paradise, his most recent novel, is any indication, he should have stuck to crime in Sweden.There s nothing wrong with A Treacherous Paradise that ainteresting plot couldn t have cured Mankell knows how to keep a story moving and to hold a reader s attention, and he perceives the hidden complexities and contradictions in human character However, this simple tale of a young woman named Hanna Renstrom who leaves her home in the famine stricken Swedish countryside in 1904 and soon finds herself in Africa through misadventure iswell, it s just not interesting enough True enough, there are complications galore in Hanna s life she is twice widowed in the course of the novel, and she ends up owning and running a brothel And Mankell scrapes away the surface of life in what was then called Portuguese East Africa now Mozambique to reveal the underlying fear and desperation that afflicts both masters and servants But Hanna s erratic behavior is frequently difficult to understand Maybe a murder or two would have enlivened this tale For many years, Henning Mankell has spent at least half of every year living in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, where he works as artistic director of a local theater He is an outspoken leftist activist and is married to Ingmar Bergman s daughter


  9. Becky Becky says:

    Very different from the Wallander series, in structure, style, genre, everything Writing seems sometimes childlike, perhaps to emphasize main character s simple view of life based on a limited life experience Perhaps a simple style as a result of translation Story deals with complex morality as seen thru the eyes of an 18 yr old woman from backwater Sweden Each issue she confronts shapes her, as our life challenges shape us Most of us can, I think, be grateful not to have to navigate the ro Very different from the Wallander series, in structure, style, genre, everything Writing seems sometimes childlike, perhaps to emphasize main character s simple view of life based on a limited life experience Perhaps a simple style as a result of translation Story deals with complex morality as seen thru the eyes of an 18 yr old woman from backwater Sweden Each issue she confronts shapes her, as our life challenges shape us Most of us can, I think, be grateful not to have to navigate the rocks tha Hanna traveled Based on a real person and her diary, the author imagines a past and present for her At the end, however, we are left to our own devices to imagine Hanna s future.The death and burial of the chimp made me weep, as did the love story.This is an odd book, but I am glad I finished it


  10. Chanette Chanette says:

    Totally unconvincing.


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A Treacherous Paradise [Ebook] ➠ A Treacherous Paradise By Henning Mankell – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand alone novel set in early twentieth century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand alone novel set in early twentieth century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her na vet by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths Cold and poverty define Hanna Renstr m s childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in , at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life But none of her hopes or fears prepares her A Treacherous PDF/EPUB ² for the life she will lead After two brief marriages both leave her widowed, she finds herself the owner of a bordello in Portuguese East Africa, a world where colonialism and white colonists rule, where she is isolated within white society by her profession and her gender, and, among the bordello s black prostitutes, by her color As Hanna s story unfurls over the next several years in this treacherous paradise, she wrestles with a devastating loneliness and with the racism she s meant to unthinkingly adopt And as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the prostitutes , she moves inexorably toward the moment when she will make a decision that defies all the expectations society has of her and, important, those she has of herself Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances.

10 thoughts on “A Treacherous Paradise

  1. Amy Warrick Amy Warrick says:

    I couldn t read this got about a third of the way through and quit This reads like a particularly dry biography tough slogging At one point there is an incident in which the residents of this small African town, circa 1904 or so, hear that there is an iceberg visible from the harbor They all go running down to look, but there s nothing there This book is like that.

  2. Kasa Cotugno Kasa Cotugno says:

    Henning Mankell is credited for being the first author of Scandinavian crime thrillers to reach an international audience although he has credited Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo for his own inspiration His Kurt Wallander series were notable due to his flawed and all too human detective with an incredibly strong backstory Each novel in the series dispensed with the usual formula, and many had ties to other countries, several of them in Africa Mankell s knowledge of and love for that continent ru Henning Mankell is credited for being the first author of Scandinavian crime thrillers to reach an international audience although he has credited Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo for his own inspiration His Kurt Wallander series were notable due to his flawed and all too human detective with an incredibly strong backstory Each novel in the series dispensed with the usual formula, and many had ties to other countries, several of them in Africa Mankell s knowledge of and love for that continent run deep seeing as he spends half the year in Mozambique A Treacherous Paradise is the latest of several historical novels that explain and illuminate his second home Based on the thinnest of historical fact, that of the tax rolls of the town where his heroine owned a brothel in the early 20th century, Mankell delivers a saga of how Hanna came ashore in Laurenco Marques and found herself faced with unexpected reactions to racism and inequality What she learns about herself and passes onto the reader is the result of Mankell s evocative prose and storytelling prowess This is definitely the best of his African histories

  3. Carol Carol says:

    3.5 Stars Henning Mankell writes a first class, character based thriller and I ve read many of those This one has nothing to do with the Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander It was still an interesting historical fiction based in Portuguese Africa Mozambique in the early 1900s A Swedish woman was once the owner of one of the largest brothels in that area according to some tax records The author started with this little known fact and elaborated from there.Henning divides his time betw 3.5 Stars Henning Mankell writes a first class, character based thriller and I ve read many of those This one has nothing to do with the Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander It was still an interesting historical fiction based in Portuguese Africa Mozambique in the early 1900s A Swedish woman was once the owner of one of the largest brothels in that area according to some tax records The author started with this little known fact and elaborated from there.Henning divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique and, this novel reflects his love of Africa I also got a keen sense of his views on colonization and racism It may not have been his typical Nordic crime story but it was still a thought provoking and enjoyable read

  4. Sharon Sharon says:

    Need to gather my reactions.hard for me as HM is one of my favorite writers for many years and I never had this lack of enthusiasm before This book had such a flat lifelessness to it despite the story I had such a difficult time believing that a dirt poor country girl on the verge of starvation, in the space of very little time, could self educate herself and elevate herself sufficiently from her roots to maid, to cook on a ship, marry, be widowed, jump ship then wake up from an illness a Need to gather my reactions.hard for me as HM is one of my favorite writers for many years and I never had this lack of enthusiasm before This book had such a flat lifelessness to it despite the story I had such a difficult time believing that a dirt poor country girl on the verge of starvation, in the space of very little time, could self educate herself and elevate herself sufficiently from her roots to maid, to cook on a ship, marry, be widowed, jump ship then wake up from an illness and dress up to become a business woman let alone all the other issues at hand Hannah, Anna, Hannahwhatever just never took proper shape for me She was what the author made from a brief bit of story told him thought to have happened and he has made up quite a tale Why I think as with much of Henning Mankell s writing he wants to address the racial issues, political issues, colonization and things he finds troubling and wrong He does bring his politics into Wallander as well I know the author lives his life between Mozambique Sweden and I applaud his attempt but There were for me too many off the wall events and characters, let alone causes and issues

  5. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    Henning Mankell is one of my very favorites authors and I have read all of his Kurt Wallender series and several of his stand alone novels I couldn t wait to read this one translated and copyrighted on 2013, and I was not disappointed This settings for this story are early twentieth century Sweden and Mozambique, where according to Henkell s biography, he divides his time The protagonist is Hanna Renstrom who lives in the harsh environment of northern Sweden When conditins worsen and Hanna t Henning Mankell is one of my very favorites authors and I have read all of his Kurt Wallender series and several of his stand alone novels I couldn t wait to read this one translated and copyrighted on 2013, and I was not disappointed This settings for this story are early twentieth century Sweden and Mozambique, where according to Henkell s biography, he divides his time The protagonist is Hanna Renstrom who lives in the harsh environment of northern Sweden When conditins worsen and Hanna turns eighteen, her mother arranges for her to be taken by sleigh to a larger city by a man named Jonathan Forsman in hopes she could find employment She ends up staying in Forsman s house as a maid until one day a sea captain arrives to talk with her She is to be taken aboard to serve as cook on his ship headed for Australia Once on the ship, she meets one of the sailors and marries him When he dies after contracting a fever from going into an African village, Hanna watches his burial at sea and not able to stay on the ship because of memories, leaves and starts her life in Africa She checks into a hotel where she miscarries a baby and is so weak she must stay When she finds out the hotel is really a brothal, she stays and eventually marries the owner The plot relays her adventures in Lagoon of Good Death where she inherits her husband s monkey Carlos, and becomes extremely wealthy Most of the novel is taken up with the disparity between the whites and blacks and how she comes to realize she owes something to this town she has chosen as her own Another great book by a great author

  6. Victoria Moore Victoria Moore says:

    I became so bewitched while reading Henning Mankell s novel A Treacherous Paradise I took my time as I neared the end, because I hoped the resolution would be a happy one Based on a real person, the fictional protagonist Hanna Renstrom is a perpetually lost soul in a world full of rejection, prejudice and cruelty Forced out on her own at a young age she endures an arduous journey that leads her from Sweden to Lourenco Marques, Beira and the unknown Set in the early 1900s she eventually bec I became so bewitched while reading Henning Mankell s novel A Treacherous Paradise I took my time as I neared the end, because I hoped the resolution would be a happy one Based on a real person, the fictional protagonist Hanna Renstrom is a perpetually lost soul in a world full of rejection, prejudice and cruelty Forced out on her own at a young age she endures an arduous journey that leads her from Sweden to Lourenco Marques, Beira and the unknown Set in the early 1900s she eventually becomes the owner of a brothel, and a very wealthy woman, when her second husband dies Despite her feelings about the business, and the heartless racism the Blacks were subject to in Colonial Africa, she still manages to hang onto her humanity and befriend a chimpanzee named Carlos, who becomes her animal soul mate Unbearably sad, but beautifully written, Mankell managed to give an ugly time an aura that mystified and gave pleasure at the same time

  7. Mike Mitchell Mike Mitchell says:

    I m a pretty big fan of Mankell and I grabbed this expecting existential killers and gloomy detectives None of that here Instead, we get an engaging story of a young Swedish woman and her unlikely adventures in Africa at the turn on the century After getting over the ire of my self generated bait and switch, I settled down and enjoyed the book Unique and engaging, I d recommend it to just about anyone Just don t get your hopes up for Nordic psycho killers.

  8. Mal Warwick Mal Warwick says:

    Among the countless books and plays written by the masterful Swedish writer Henning Mankell are nine novels and one collection of five short stories about the life and work of a troubled police detective named Kurt Wallander in the town of Ystad, Sweden The Wallander series, which has been produced on television both in Sweden and in the UK starring Kenneth Branagh , is one of the best collections of crime novels I ve read and I ve read a lot of them But Mankell unaccountably set aside the Among the countless books and plays written by the masterful Swedish writer Henning Mankell are nine novels and one collection of five short stories about the life and work of a troubled police detective named Kurt Wallander in the town of Ystad, Sweden The Wallander series, which has been produced on television both in Sweden and in the UK starring Kenneth Branagh , is one of the best collections of crime novels I ve read and I ve read a lot of them But Mankell unaccountably set aside the complex detective in 2011 to devote himself to other writing projects If A Treacherous Paradise, his most recent novel, is any indication, he should have stuck to crime in Sweden.There s nothing wrong with A Treacherous Paradise that ainteresting plot couldn t have cured Mankell knows how to keep a story moving and to hold a reader s attention, and he perceives the hidden complexities and contradictions in human character However, this simple tale of a young woman named Hanna Renstrom who leaves her home in the famine stricken Swedish countryside in 1904 and soon finds herself in Africa through misadventure iswell, it s just not interesting enough True enough, there are complications galore in Hanna s life she is twice widowed in the course of the novel, and she ends up owning and running a brothel And Mankell scrapes away the surface of life in what was then called Portuguese East Africa now Mozambique to reveal the underlying fear and desperation that afflicts both masters and servants But Hanna s erratic behavior is frequently difficult to understand Maybe a murder or two would have enlivened this tale For many years, Henning Mankell has spent at least half of every year living in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, where he works as artistic director of a local theater He is an outspoken leftist activist and is married to Ingmar Bergman s daughter

  9. Becky Becky says:

    Very different from the Wallander series, in structure, style, genre, everything Writing seems sometimes childlike, perhaps to emphasize main character s simple view of life based on a limited life experience Perhaps a simple style as a result of translation Story deals with complex morality as seen thru the eyes of an 18 yr old woman from backwater Sweden Each issue she confronts shapes her, as our life challenges shape us Most of us can, I think, be grateful not to have to navigate the ro Very different from the Wallander series, in structure, style, genre, everything Writing seems sometimes childlike, perhaps to emphasize main character s simple view of life based on a limited life experience Perhaps a simple style as a result of translation Story deals with complex morality as seen thru the eyes of an 18 yr old woman from backwater Sweden Each issue she confronts shapes her, as our life challenges shape us Most of us can, I think, be grateful not to have to navigate the rocks tha Hanna traveled Based on a real person and her diary, the author imagines a past and present for her At the end, however, we are left to our own devices to imagine Hanna s future.The death and burial of the chimp made me weep, as did the love story.This is an odd book, but I am glad I finished it

  10. Chanette Chanette says:

    Totally unconvincing.

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