Tea-Bag, a young African girl, has fled a refugee camp in Spain for the promise of a new life in Sweden. Tania has made a long and dangerous journey to escape the horrors of human trafficking. Leyla has come with her family from Iran. All of them are facing different challenges in their new home.
Meanwhile, celebrated poet Jesper Humlin is looking for inspiration. Harried by his mother and girlfriend, misunderstood by his publisher and tormented by his stockbroker, Jesper needs a new perspective on life. A chance encounter with Tea-Bag leads him into the shadow world of the immigrant experience in Sweden. Initially he sees the girls purely as material for his next work, but soon discovers they have very different ideas.
In The Shadow Girls, Henning Mankell tells the extraordinary stories of three young women who are determined to overcome the hardships they face to take control of their own lives. This inspiring novel encompasses both humour and tragedy and illuminates our understanding of those left on the margins of our society.
©2001 Henning Mankell; English translation copyright © Ebba Segerberg 2012 (P)2012 ISIS Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
This book is so well written and fantastically read by the narrator, you just can't stop the book from playing, The description of the situation of today's immigrants in Sweden is very cruel, but very realistic. As many of Mankell's novels, the end leaves you with a question mark...
It took me a while to get the hang of this book Was it tongue in cheek, a black comedy, or what But by the end I found it a thoroughly good listen Different and woth perservering with
And of course the delicious voice of Sean Barett
At first I found this book very difficult to listen to. It was a very strange voice that was, I think intended to create a kind of Swedish feel which was good but did take some getting used to.
I think I would have found it easier to listen to if there had been 2 readers with contrasting voices.
It was a good story though and I was glad I stayed with it.
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