Book - 2004 | 1st ed
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Lars Tobiasson-Svartman is a naval engineer charged with making depth soundings to find a navigable channel in the Stockholm archipelago for the Swedish navy in 1914. He alights on a presumably uninhabited island and discovers a young woman there. Something about her strikes him to the core, and upon returning home and to his wife, feels compelled to return to the island, with tragic consequences.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Alfred A. Knopf Canada c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780676978728
Branch Call Number: F MAN NVD
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-2015


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Aug 02, 2016

i did not enjoy this mankell at all. tho i did read it thru to the end. my favourite of his (non wallander) so far is 'eye of the leopard'.

Feb 23, 2016

This has to be the best book I've read this year. (Of course it's only February).
Overall it is a little on the "Dark" side as Mankell keeps us inside the mind of a psychopath throughout the story.
It wasn't until about half way through, that the pace of the novel started to pick up and at that point I found the book hard to put down.

Nov 06, 2015

This is a book I would normally not be drawn to; the dark tone is not my cup of tea. But once I started reading it I was swept away and able to get past the somber aura of the story. And it is so well written; sparse but poetic. I recommend it but keep in mind it is not a lighthearted read!

Nov 05, 2015

Well, to each her own. I loved this book. Very unusual and thought provoking. I just had to add a comment so fpsutka wouldn't scare readers away!

multcolib_susannel Mar 23, 2015

Swedish Naval officer Lars Tobiasson-Svartmann is a man obsessed with measurement- whether physical or emotional. But when he discovers a solitary woman on remote island he is thrown into the depths of himself with no way to sound the bottom.

Jan 07, 2014

Depths is a horrible book - it is very depressing and negative. I don't recommend it to anyone! Reading it gave me the creeps! The libary should simply throw it out!
F. Psutka.

Jun 14, 2012

This is a very unusual book. A naval engineer charting new routes encounters a lone woman on a skerry. She is very repressed, lacking emotion and with no sense of her own identity. In the end, all mad.

Dec 08, 2011

Wow, Mankell at his darkest! No adorable Detective Wallander to hold up your hope that most of us are pretty good people. This protagonist is someone to keep your eye on, because you never know where he's coming from or where he'll take you. Mankell's best writing so far.

Pleiades Apr 12, 2010

I usually like Henning Mankell novels but this one is gloomy, pessimistic, depressing and really sad. Stay clear of this one.

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