Synopses & Reviews
Pu Bergman is eight years old when Mother rents Pastor Dahlbergs ramshackle house for the summer. Pu is a Sundays child—one said to be endowed with special gifts of sensitivity, clairvoyance, and the ability to see ghosts.
As the novel opens, Pus heart is full of anticipation as he goes to the train station to greet his father. When Father arrives, he is strangely distant, melancholy, and severe. Over the next twenty-four hours, Pus world is marked indelibly. In beautifully realized set pieces that reveal the Bergman family landscape and culminate in a train trip Pu and his father take together, Pu encounters death and the infirmities of aging, is humiliated by his terrorizing older brother, dwells on ghost stories the servants tell, and witnesses the painful arguments between his parents.
A series of “flashbacks to the future” enriches our understanding of the relationship between man and boy, as a much older Ingmar Bergman visits his ill and dying father, bringing the novel full circle. In his review of the film made from Sundays Children, Vincent Canby called the story “gorgeous, richly poignant . . . Not since Wild Strawberries has Mr. Bergman dealt with time in a way that is simultaneously quite so limpid and so mysterious.”
"Because every line is saturated with juice, with the sense of life, you feel, in addition to life as it is, life as it ought to be." John McGahern
"In words, as in cinematic images, Bergman shapes settings and characters that immediately come alive and subtly express the depths of human emotion and experience." New York Times Book Review
"A Nobel for Ingmar? He deserves one many times over." Houston Chronicle
A novel of the traumas and joys of childhood and of the difficult relationship between fathers and sons.
About the Author
Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer, and producer for film, stage, and television. He has few peers as one of the most renowned film directors in history.