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De Omweg ➻ [Reading] ➽ De Omweg By Gerbrand Bakker ➰ – Amsterdam Een vrouw verdwijnt Haar echtgenoot wordt verhoord door een begripvolle politieagent en gaat te rade bij zijn schoonouders De vrouw heeft een oud huis gehuurd ver weg in Wales Om een nieuwe Amsterdam Een vrouw verdwijnt Haar echtgenoot wordt verhoord door een begripvolle politieagent en gaat te rade bij zijn schoonouders De vrouw heeft een oud huis gehuurd ver weg in Wales Om een nieuwe start te maken Ze wil dingen vergeten is gevlucht voor lastige situaties en pijnlijk nieuwsMaar ook begint ze onbewust weer op te bouwen Misschien komt alles toch nog goed Het is november het wordt december Een botte schapenboer slacht een lam een huisarts zit zich dood te roken in zijn lege praktijk de vrouw laat haar haren kort knippen door de plaatselijke kapster Van de tien witte ganzen op het veld bij het huis zijn er na twee maanden nog vier over En wat moet ze met de vriendelijke maar ongrijpbare jongen die op een nevelige namiddag over de muur rondom haar tuin springt De dag voor kerst schepen de echtgenoot en de politieagent zich in op de boot naar Hull Ze komen steeds dichterbij de tijd begint te dringen.

10 thoughts on “De Omweg

  1. Paula Paula 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 surrounding the house On the farm live ten white geese One by one they start to disappear for no apparent reason A young man shows up one day stays the night And decides he doesn’t want to leave With sparse prose the novel is filled with the tranuility of nature but also with a continuous underlying tension Details about the woman calling herself Emilie start to emerge but in a subdued manner The plot twists in unexpected waysThis short book which I read over a few days is enchanting simple but also haunting You won’t forget Ten White Geese4 out of 5 starsA thanks to Zoey for her review recommending this book

  2. Zoeytron Zoeytron says:

    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

  3. Doug H Doug H 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. Connie G Connie G 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 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

  5. Trish Trish 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 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 perhaps?After 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 badgers?Gerbrand 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

  6. Stephen P Stephen P 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 scars from use run dark in grooves as bars for unwritten notes of music Dressed in a suit and tie Bakker slides the ladle into the brew and stirs with one hand There is a method concerning timing the tilt of angle shifts of key and blend in versions of andante adagio Over the two hours fragrant steam lifts off the surface of the sauce Turning off the gas stove careful using both hands he pours the blended sauce into an ornate bowl A long handled wooden spoon is provided to each of us Famished we dip in in turn and taste He stands over us watching the minute reactions of each recording the repetition of the word splendid passed around the table I await my turn It needs seasoning spice frail but all right It will do My turn is next I prepare my smile and readiness to say splendidI can't I won't Insomnia's lengthening twine can be an expression of conscience This sauce this book has used novelistic techniues with a great deal of skill It made for an enjoyable read The kind of rewarding experience to be savored between reading two large and difficult novels In this fashion it is recommendedHowever Mr Bakker includes in this thin book death loss loss that wants to be loss but is not mortality isolation wanting to be alone yet also fearing it Stepping up to huge issues confronting them eye to eye switchblades flicked open is the writer's and reader's job in the literary world of dark alleyways; the poignant drama nail biting loss of assumptions the loss of balance in a world which reuires at least its mime Mr Bakker eases our ride by backing away He places so many important issues on the table that he never renders any to the extent needed Craftily he changes point of view where all becomes diffuse as calming as sipping a cup of hot tea while watching a storm recede into the distanceThis is a book I well recommend for just such a moment Further it may whet the appetite to now follow the storm even chase after it

  7. Jill Jill says:

    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

  8. Blair Blair 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 reader Her only companions are ten geese and even they are disappearing being picked off by a predator one by one Then her privacy is disturbed by the necessity of a visit to the local doctor's by a farmer who makes unwanted advances towards her by a boy who takes a detour across her land with his dog It is the last encounter that proves the most significant as Emilie develops a tentative and unsettling relationship with Bradwen who is almost always referred to simply as 'the boy' This is the type of book in which everything is loaded with symbolism and meaning There is little action the language is stripped down and the behaviour of the characters is often surreal what to make of the chain smoking doctor and his gossiping in the hair salon or the peculiar semi sexual tension between Emilie's husband and the policeman? Then there's the fact that Bradwen slots so easily into Emilie's life and household and that both of them accept this unusual arrangement Although the book has some traces of that occasional awkwardness which seems to be a hallmark of translation the simple elegant prose is a perfect fit for a character like Emilie Despite the fact that she is the main focus of the story she remains a mystery to the reader right to the end and her final actions come as something of a shock The Detour is cold stark and arguably uneventful but for me those were the things that made it memorable There's a strong sense of unease running through the story and I thought the surprise of the ending was wonderfully done I was also weirdly glad that view spoilerEmilie's husband didn't reach her in time hide spoiler

  9. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ 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 body parts just s story about a woman running away from the world in which she was an Emily Dickens Scholar and a married woman Intriguing

  10. Jim Coughenour Jim Coughenour says:

    Ach Another fine novel from the author of The Twin another exploration of how it happens that a person resigns oneself to her or his own company cuts ties with the surrounding community develops small strategies of distraction and repose As you might guess this is not a cheerful read but Bakker's prose crackles with a definite dry sense of humor that I don't find in similar novels by for example by Dag Solstad or Per PettersonIt would be a mistake to say too much about the plot of The Detour which begins with a Dutch woman escaping her past and seeking refuge in a small cottage in Wales She calls herself Emily after the poet whom as desultory scholar she both treasures and resents There's minor comedy in the way she tears apart Dickinson's poetry and a particularly hefty biography I have I think the same collection of Poems This one is from the section Time and Eternity p 185 Ample make this bedMake this bed with awe;In it wait till judgment breakExcellent and fairBe its mattress straightBe its pillow round;Let no sunrise' yellow noiseInterrupt this ground The Detour kept me company through a couple of very sad days – and that's saying a lot Bakker's prose is emotionally exact and radiates filaments of hope and humor even in its darkest passages

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