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Something is deeply wrong Does he know what he is getting himself into And what will happen when her husband and the policeman arriveGerbrand Bakker has made the territories of isolation inner turmoil and the solace offered by the natural world his own The Detour is a deeply moving new novel shot through with longing and the uiet tragedy of everyday live. Every avid reader can attest to this phenomenon sometimes when we go through our most challenging times we serendipitously connect with a book that speaks to us both deeply and profoundlySo it was with Ten White Geese a book with an immense contemplative power that brought me to tears without uite knowing whyGerbrand Bakker crafts a deceptively simple story an Emily Dickinson scholar who calls herself Emilie flees her marriage and her life in Amsterdam to rent a farmhouse in the small Welsh village of Caernarfon The house is rather isolated except for a seemingly predatory shepherd who tends to his flock a not so friendly badger and ten white geese who refuse to be corralled to safety even as they slowly disappear And into this world a visiting stranger – a young man – shows upGradually the book reveals its secrets who is Emilie and what is she fleeing Why are the geese vanishing How does the young man fall into the picture To even hint at the answers would create spoilersSo I am left with saying this the themes of the book the wavering line between isolation and intimacy the coming to terms with mortality the connection between nature and humankind the complexity that is present even in simplicity are all delivered with a tranuility that belies the dramatic tension There is often sheer poetry in the prose understated revelations sidelong glimpses into lives that prefer to remain enigmatic Ten White Geese touched me deeply and has haunted me ever since I reached the end It’s tender surprisingly sensuous and compelling al at once Kudos to a flawless translation by David Colmer who translated it from the Dutch

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De OmwegWINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE A Dutch woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales She says her name is Emilie She is a lecturer doing some research and sets about making the farmhouse homely When she arrives there are ten geese living in the garden but one by one they disappear Perhaps it's the work of a local foxShe has fled from an unbea. A panoply of the senses  Pensive reflective and moving  Beautiful  A woman rents a remote greystone farmhouse in Wales  She has left her husband needing time to herself limiting her world making it small  Nature the uiet the colors the sounds of water  A old woman scent hangs in the air is it residual or current  A painfully shy badger who shows itself only to her  A gaggle of white geese softly clucking disappearing one by one

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De Omweg Download Ï 102 ✓ [Reading] ➿ De Omweg Author Gerbrand Bakker – WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2013 A Dutch woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales She says her name is Emilie She is a lecturer doing some research and sets about making the farmho WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRRable situation having recently confessed to an affair with one of her students In Amsterdam her stunned husband forms a strange partnership with a detective who agrees to help him trace her They board the ferry to Hull on Christmas EveBack on the farm a young man out walking with his dog injures himself and stays the night then ends up staying longer Yet. It is no surprise that a book about a scholar deeply immersed in the work of Emily Dickinson is also about death The titular ten geese by the end of this book number only four But this book is about deception too and perception; love and relationships; nature and gardens We pass two months in Wales but every season is accounted for Gerbrand Bakker has created a knotty piece of fine art for us to contemplate We never learn how old she is Agnes or Emily as she liked to be called We know she is probably at the end of child bearing age so desperately had she tried to conceive She is an intellectual writing a dissertation on the poems of Emily Dickinson that poet she must have once admired but grew to resent She is ill We learn that early along with her sense of being stuck and unsure in which direction to goShe arrives in Wales alone escaping the failures of her past She walks One day a badger bites her foot as she lies sunbathing on a rock Not long after Bradwen a boy and Sam his dog stumble into her yard and stay But statements about events are foreplay here for there is undertone and atmosphere and references and indications which are of the book than the story itself Like poetry perhapsAfter her encounter with the badger Emily pulls out her copy of The Wind in the Willows one of the main characters of which is a badger The book is mentioned again when Bradwen takes it from the house on his departure That The Wind in the Willows is mentioned than once cannot be coincidence But why that book Perhaps we are to draw light comparisons between Emily and Toad for she is at her happiest in the bath; makes a mash of her career; alienates and betrays those close to her; is “on the run” Bradwen might be Rat for he carried a backpack and simply takes what he needs for his journeys offering friendship to Toad when he needs it most and is locked up while Toad makes his escapeBradwen is a curious figure whom we can’t see as a reliable character He lies by omission as does “Emily” He never tells Emily who his father is and how he came to stay in this place but clearly he is at home in it He is willing to make meals in exchange for a bed He shares a comforting unerotic coupling with Emily filled with silence than sound and worries ever after that his generosity might add to her burdens Sam the dog might be Mole who accompanies Rat and finds the badger A badger is a solitary creature “who simply hates society” perhaps the reclusive Ms Dickinson herself clever generous and welcoming when another comes to visit but must be sought out Friendly but fearful and elusive the badger and doesn’t ever seem to come when called Dickinson was apparently better known as a gardener while she was living than for writing poetry Does this draw a line from Bakker to Dickinson and badgersGerbrand Bakker writes with a clarity and a depth that borders on knowledge—about pain confusion hurt alienation even sickness unto death—and in the voice of a woman “I’m a strange man maybe but I think there is no fundamental difference between men and women A lot of people would say otherwise perhaps” NPR interview 2013 This point of view may come from his training as a gardener Humans of either sex are the same species one sex has basically the same wants needs desires as the other—our differences don’t define our essential character That having been said this was a woman apart and in exuisite pain I recognize her but I hope I never meet am her Ach Gerbrand Bakker’s book refuses to leave me In the same seven minute NPR interview mentioned above Bakker says that the process of writing this novel precipitated in him a great depression I am not surprised But literature can make us think about what man is and Bakker doesn't leave us bereft