Napisana leta 2006
Jezik: angleščina
390 strani

Mark Haddon se je zopet lotil teme duševnih motenj (v njegovem prvem romanu The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time je junak avtistični deček). Tokrat je glavna oseba starejši možak, ki ga nenadoma postane strah smrti. Prepričan je, da ima raka in da umira. Seveda k okrevanju prav nič ne pripomore dejstvo, da odkrije, da ga žena vara, da se njegova hči (drugič) poroča z nekom, ki zanjo ni primeren, in da se mora sprijazniti s sinovo homoseksualnostjo. Kako zelo se zadeva še lahko zaplete?

- But you either had faith or you didn’t. No re-entry, no refunds. Like when his father told him how magicians sawed ladies in half. You couldn’t give the knowledge back however much you wanted to.

- They took up so much space. That was the problem with men. It wasn’t just the leg-sprawl and the clumping down stairs. It was the constant demand for attention. Sit in a room with another woman and you could think. Men had that little flashing light on top of their heads. Hello. It’s me. I’m still here.

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