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Ristine landscape and with a seductive blend of solace and menace this novel of stealth intrigue summons from a woman’s silent longing fugitive moments of profound beauty and compassio 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 Omweg

A woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales She says her name is Emilie An Emily Dickinson scholar she has fled Amsterdam having just confessed to an affair On the farm she finds ten gee Easily the best novel I ve read this year and also the hardest to review Three days later I ve dropped trying to read anything else because it s still growing in my mind I ve been working on my garden instead It seems the appropriate thing to do I hope to follow up with a grounded review when my thoughts are fully formed

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Se One by one they disappear Who is this woman Will her husband manage to find her The young man who stays the night why won’t he leave And the vanishing geeseSet against a stark and p Written in spare beautiful language Ten White Geese is a captivating book in a very uiet way A woman leaves the Netherlands and obtains a short term lease on an isolated Welsh farm house with a view of Mount Snowdon The home is surrounded by meadows a lake and overgrown walking paths She has been fired from her job at the university for having an affair with a student Her marriage is troubled She seems unwell and regularly uses painkillers She s disappeared from her old life and now calls herself Emilie since the subject of her PhD thesis had been Emily DickinsonEmilie finds some comfort in working in the gardens and clearing the walking paths She rarely sees another person and her days are spent with nature with the land She s observing the badgers and the neighbor s grazing cows and sheep And she watches the ten white geese which are disappearing one by onemaybe a fox is the nighttime predator Emilie feels the presence of the ghost of Mrs Evans the previous owner who recently died and smells an old lady smell sometimes in the house The spirit of Emily Dickinson is also present the poet who stayed isolated in her later yearsEmilie avoids interactions with other people but a few things are revealed about her previous life by what she says or does not say She s run away from her former life but is making no attempt to start a new life The psychological suspense builds from her unusual reactions to peopleHints about Emilie and others are dropped as the story slowly unfolds but many uestions are left unanswered at the end Gerbrand Bakker who also works as a gardener writes beautifully about the rhythm of the day and the lovely natural world Although there is little dialogue and very little plot this haunting story will keep the reader thinking long after they have turned the last page


10 thoughts on “De Omweg

  1. says:

    Ten White Geese shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award is a beautifully written uite and mysterious readA woman leaves her husband and Amsterdam behind without a word and rents an isolated farm house in rural Wales She fills her days happily by working in the garden and overgrown paths surroun

  2. says:

    A panoply of the senses  Pensive reflective and moving  Beautiful  A woman rents a remote greystone farmhouse in Wales

  3. says:

    Easily the best novel I've read this year and also the hardest to review Three days later I've dropped trying to read anything else because it's still growing in my mind I've been working on my garden instead It seems the appropriate thing to do I hope to follow up with a grounded review when my thoughts are fully formed

  4. says:

    Written in spare beautiful language Ten White Geese is a captivating book in a very uiet way A woman leaves the Netherlands and obtains a short term lease on an isolated Welsh farm house with a view of Mount Snowdon The home is surrounded by meadows a lake and overgrown walking paths She has been fired from her job at t

  5. says:

    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 relat

  6. says:

    He lifts each item from the old refridgerator Turning them in his hand he examines them Some he considers worn used and re cooked bland with age Over a sideboard he slices and grates pares Then he places the unlovely shavings into the heating tomato sauce From a secreted drawer he raises the wooden ladle Its sc

  7. says:

    Every avid reader can attest to this phenomenon sometimes when we go through our most challenging times we serendipitously

  8. says:

    Short sparse and strange Gerbrand Bakker's The Detour is the enigmatic tale of a Dutch woman Emilie who runs away from her husband and takes up residence in an isolated cottage in the Welsh countryside For some time she lives a solitary existence there as the reasons for her decision are slowly made clear to the

  9. says:

    This is a uiet book set in Wales with evocative and beautiful prose a book in which I had no clue what I was reading or where it was going Yet the prose kept me reading a few things fell in place the descriptions of the garden the farm and the place she was living was stellar A few things began to fall in place and the reader learns what brought her here and why There are no gasping denouements no active action scenes or bloody b

  10. says:

    Ach Another fine novel from the author of The Twin another exploration of how it happens that a person resigns