Synopses & Reviews
Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he sees around her neck an amber charmjust like the one he gave his own child before she was swept away in a torrent 16 years earlier. This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and a fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarders most intriguing creation since Sophie. Petter makes his living selling stories and ideas to authors suffering from writers block. Its a lucrative trade, but as he sits like a spider in the center of his web, Petter finds himself in a trap of his own making. Jostein Gaarder is the author of Sophie's World, a huge bestseller in over 40 countries.
Norwegian novelist Jostein Gaarder is best known as the author of the enormously popular Sophies World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy, a best-seller in 40 countries, with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide.
The theme of a father finding a long-lost daughter runs through this novel which is told by Petter, a precocious child and fantasist. Petter's magical interior world contains Metre Man, a midget with a green felt cap and a bamboo cane; Metre Man runs his life and urges him to do things.