Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Tuesday 16th July 2019 - 10:30:46

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Fiction > The Shadow Girls review

« Cobi - Tiger Habitat reviewCobi - Tiger HabitatPuzzleBeetle - volume 1 reviewPuzzleBeetle - volume 1 »

Score: 9.3/10  [1 review]
4 out of 5
ProdID: 3515 - The Shadow Girls
Written by Henning Mankell

The Shadow Girls
Price:
$36.99
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Penguin Random House

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
Available:
September 2012

The Shadow Girls product reviews

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.

Check out Penguin Random House onlineClick here to see all the listings for Penguin Random House Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel



Tags:
asylum seekers   ebba segerberg   fiction   harvill secker   immigration   leopard forlag   random house   refugee   sweden   teabag
Other listings you may be interested in:
Lest We ForgetLest We Forget
Rating: 8.8
King of AshesKing of Ashes
Rating: 8.8
I Spy Dad!I Spy Dad!
Rating: 9.0
The Wheel of Time : Knife of DreamsThe Wheel of Time : Knife of Dreams
Rating: 9.5
The Hunger Games : 2 : Catching FireThe Hunger Games : 2 : Catching Fire
Rating: 8.8
Fall of the Beasts #1: Immortal GuardiansFall of the Beasts #1: Immortal Guardians
Rating: 9.1
Ella Diaries #1: Double Dare YouElla Diaries #1: Double Dare You
Rating: 9.9
Imagine a CityImagine a City
Rating: 9.0
Blood of DragonsBlood of Dragons
Rating: 8.0
Stress LessStress Less
Rating: 9.8
Festive in DeathFestive in Death
Rating: 9.3
The Thorn BirdsThe Thorn Birds
Rating: 9.8
On the farmOn the farm
Rating: 9.5

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of sweetpea

Review by: sweetpea (Sarah)
Dated: 24th of August, 2012

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 9.3/10
Value for Money:
Score 8 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 9 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

Well the blurb on the cover says it all. Henning Mankell has taken a very pressing and topical issue and, through the stories of "Tea-Bag", Leyla and "Tanya", brought a depth of understanding to the issues that each of them faced not only on their journey to Sweden but in what happens next for them when they arrive and try to assimilate into their chosen country. For many refugees and immigrants their story doesn't end when they cross the border to their chosen country and as the main character in this novel, Jesper, discovers their stories are buried underneath a multitude of layers.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I think Mankell has, through his use of the "writing seminars" and Tea-Bags narrative, found an effective way to layer this story. Jesper's approach towards Tea-Bag, Tanya and Leyla is probably typical of someone who has little understanding of the true danger of discovery when you are without "legal status".

I enjoyed the way the characters stories were woven together and although I found it a little difficult to understand what was happening as Tea-Bags story progressed I was pretty hooked about a quarter of the way in and had a few late nights reading this.

I was frustrated by the ending and would have liked to have known what happened to Jesper not only in his future relationship with his mother and partner but in his work. So perhaps another chapter would have left me feeling satisfied instead of left hanging. I also thought it a little unlikely that Tea-Bag, Leyla and Tanya would have been quite so eloquent and fluent in their narrative however this is an authors poetic licence I suppose and somewhat necessary to the telling of the story that they be fluent in Jespers native language.

This was a wonderfully written novel that I enjoyed reading immensely. I would recommend this novel as an insight into cross border immigration and refugee experiences in Europe.

I think generally books in NZ are always priced too high but look out for this as it is well worth a read.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 7.0
Product reviews for listing 601: Reverse Negative
Written by Shaun Clarke

Product image for Reverse NegativeIt's the year 2005, The gap between rich and poor is growing wider as Britain, governed by a police force that's given up all pretence of moral responsibility, falls into an abyss of violence and lawlessness. Wiliam Bannerman, The reviled, all-powerful commissioner of the metropolitan police, is in the process of negotiating a deal with one of the world's most notorious gun-runners, the wealthy Algerian Arab, Feydal Huessein.
Faced with the ... more...

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."
Olivier

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream