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The Eye Of The Leopard

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Book Summary of The Eye Of The Leopard

Hans Olofson is the son of a Swedish lumberjack. His childhood was unsettled: an alcoholic father, and a mother disappeared, only alive in old photographs. His adolescence was no easier as he lost both his best friend and his lover tragically. Alone and adrift, as a young man his only desire is to fulfil his lover's dream and visit the grave of a legendary missionary who survived alone in the remote hills of Northern Zambia.

On reaching Africa, Olofson is struck by its beauty and mystery. After fulfilling his initial quest, an opportunity of employment in the region tempts him to stay. Time passes quickly. Though dismayed by the attitude of the white population to their adopted country, which is compounded by their vulnerability to alcohol and malaria, he is interested enough to take up sole responsibility for the farm he manages. For almost two decades Hans Olofson battles with a hostile environment and a placid, but resistant workforce.

Set in the 1970s and 1980s, The Eye of the Leopard explores the relationship between the white farmers and their native workers. Through Olofson's descent into near mental collapse it becomes clear that many years spent in a foreign land do not necessarily breed an understanding of its people: a handful of generations of white settlers cannot change a continent underpinned by myth and superstition. The Eye of the Leopard is a first-rate and original psychological thriller delving deep into the mind of a man lost in an unknown world.

About the Author

Henning Mankell is the prize-winning and internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander Mysteries, now dominating bestseller lists throughout Europe. He devotes much of his free time to working with Aids charities in Africa, where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

Details of Book: The Eye Of The Leopard (BSID:16574)

Book The Eye Of The Leopard
Author Henning Mankell
ISBN 1843430495
ISBN-13 9781843430490, 978-1843430490
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Random House
Publishing Date 20080403
Number of Pages 320
Language Swedish
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.51 x 1.34 inches
Weight 422 grams

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Josh December 02, 2011 review from Goodreads

It occurs to me that if a random person stumbled across Inconsiderate Prick for the first two posts this week they would think that this is some world literature blog. How wrong they would be... Judging by the cover art, you'd think Belva Plain wrote itFrom what I can tell, The Eye of the Leopard...

Steven November 19, 2011 review from Goodreads

"The Eye of the Leopard" is the first Henning Mankell book in which his brooding analyses of Sweden, presented in his detective novels, are connected fully to his books set in Africa. Hans Olofson is a young working-class Swede who, almost by chance, shifts himself to Zambia and ends up living th...

David December 13, 2010 review from Goodreads

Why I read ItHenning Mankell is one of my favorite authors. I have waited on this a while because it is a departure from his crime fiction and instead focuses on his other passion in life; Africa. Even though it is 19 years old, it was only translated last year and as of yet I havenâ??t mastered Sw...

Kate November 06, 2009 review from Goodreads

In The Eye of the Leopard, Hans Olofson is between the isolated coldness of his childhood Sweden and the isolated intensity of his non-life in Africa. He went there on a whim, to try to fulfill the dream of his childhood friend, stayed because, well, I'm not sure, an opportunity arose and it seem...

Stephen March 11, 2011 review from Goodreads

One of the things I've heard a lot about in the past few years is postcolonialism. There's also a lot of talk about postmodernism and postmodernity, but I'm told that that is not really relevant to Africa and that postcolonialism is the thing. And apparently the book to read about postcolonialism...


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