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Gold Gato, April 20, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
A lifelong bachelor farmer deals with sudden changes in his life, and it becomes quickly obvious he is not a man who would be called a change agent. Bitter but patient, the protagonist in this story lives his life amid the vagaries of Dutch weather, always yearning to see Denmark, symbol of his need for breaking the bonds of a life he never wanted.

"Drizzle isn't much more than mist with delusions of grandeur..."

Spare. Modest. Melancholy. Affirming. Clear. Concise. This is a book that made me frequently turn back the pages to get a better feel for Helmer, who grows into a new man by the time he sorts out his world. Farm life is portrayed through the winter and spring, and I became completely absorbed in the simple but straightforward sentence structure, as I woke up each day to time my reading with the farmer's early morning feeding of his donkeys and milking of the cows.

The English translation by David Colmer is spot-on...I felt the drizzle on my face and the warm breath of the sheep on my neck. And that, my friend, is writing.

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Alan Soles, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Alan Soles)
Very quiet, understated book. No high climax, no formula... just a beautiful character study. This is a book to savor.
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Teresa Borden, April 22, 2010 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
Though some think this a sad, bleak tale, I disagree. At first, the narrator's life does indeed seem stagnant and boring, stuck on a farm in the Netherlands for most of his life, thwarted from completing his studies in Amsterdam years before; but the deft way that Bakker weaves in the back story of the instigating tragedy that occurred is suspenseful storytelling at its best. And the slow yet inexorable journey of the main character, Helmer, as he moves toward and through a never anticipated transformation and redemption is exquisite. The final scenes are glorious.
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Bakker, Gerband
Archipelago Books
Colmer, David
Farm life
Literature-A to Z
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from 12
7.4 x 6.2 x 1.1 in 17 oz
Age Level:
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Product details 343 pages Archipelago Books - English 9780980033021 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A novel of restrained tenderness and laconic humour."
"Review" by , "Human dramas are offset by landscape and animals feelingly delineated, and David Colmer's translation is distinguished by an exceptional (and crucial) ear for dialogue."
"Review" by , "Stealthy, seductive story-telling that draws you into a world of silent rage and quite unexpected relationships. Compelling and convincing from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "One of those rare works of fiction that everyone should read. It is full of life and truth, all conveyed through a narrative voice that refuses to allow the reader to turn away for a moment."
"Synopsis" by , When his twin brother dies in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to return from university life to take over his brother’s role on the small family farm, resigning himself to spending the rest of his days with his head under a cow.

Thirty years later, Helmer moves his invalid father upstairs to have him out of the way. Soon after, Riet, once engaged to marry Helmer’s twin, appears and asks if she and her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come to live with them on the farm.

Ostensibly a novel about the canals, the green fields, and the unrelenting flatness of the Dutch countryside, The Twin ultimately opens itself to the possibility or impossibility of taking life into one’s own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity and is culturally apart, yet is riven with longing.

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A lyrical, deeply human account of a twin brother, now solo in midlife, finding fulfillment.
"Synopsis" by , When his twin brother is killed in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to give up university to take over his brothers role on the small family farm, resigning himself to spending the rest of his days "with his head under a cow." The novel begins thirty years later with Helmer moving his invalid father upstairs out of the way, so that he can redecorate the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then Riet, the woman who had once been engaged to marry Helmers twin, appears and asks if her troubled eighteen-year-old son could come live on the farm for a while. Ostensibly a novel about the countryside, The Twin ultimately poses difficult questions about solitude and the possibility of taking life into ones own hands. It chronicles a way of life that has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart yet laden with familiar longing.
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