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A few ays 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 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 meadows a lake and overgrown walking paths She has been fired from job at the university for having an affair with a student Her marriage is troubled She seems unwell and regularly uses painkillers She s Children of the Sun 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 herays 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 Approaches To Academic Reading And Writing disappearing one by onemaybe a fox is the nighttime predator Emilie feels the presence of the ghost of Mrs Evans the previous owner who recentlyied 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 Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 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 areropped 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 ay and the lovely natural world Although there is little ialogue and very little plot this haunting story will keep the reader thinking long after they have turned the last page 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 eeply 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 #Bakker crafts a eceptively 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 Alcohol Addiction Recovery disappear And into this world a visiting stranger a young man shows upGradually the book reveals its secrets who is Emilie and 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 communityevelops small strategies of Mars Journey distraction and repose As you might guess this is not a cheerful read but Bakker s prose crackles with aefinite Beating the Odds - From shocking childhood abuse to the embrace of a loving family, one mans true story of courage and redemption dry sense of humor that Ion 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 Climax (Double Alchemy, 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 sadays and that s saying a lot Bakker s prose is emotionally exact and radiates filaments of hope and humor even in its arkest passages. Go and look for her They board the ferry to Hull on Christmas Eve But in the meantime the woman increasingly seems to be losing her grip on the situation Gerbrand Bakker has made the territories of isolation inner turmoil and the solace offered by the natural world his own The Detour is a gripping and subtle new nov. ,

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Easily the best novel I ve read this year and also the hardest to review Three ays later I ve Roots and Blossoms 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 too I hope to follow up with a grounded review when my thoughts are fully formed He lifts each item from the old refridgerator Turning them in his hand he examines them Some he considers worn used and re cooked with age Over a sideboard he slices and grates pares Then places the unlovely shavings he slices and grates pares Then he places the unlovely shavings the heating tomato sauce From a secreted The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom drawer he raises the wooden ladle Its scars from use runark in grooves as bars for unwritten notes 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 Shakespeare 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 gaspingenouements 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 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 BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) disappearing one by one It is no surprise that a book about a scholareeply immersed in the work of Emily Dickinson is also about Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy death The titular ten geese by the end of this book number only four But this book is abouteception 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 #is probably at the of child bearing age so Caveman Alien’s Riddle (Caveman Aliens, desperately had she tried to conceive She is an intellectual writing aissertation 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 Teaching white South African literature in high school direction to goShe arrives in Wales alone escaping the failures of her past She walks Oneay a badger bites her foot as she lies sunbathing on a rock Not long after Bradwen a boy and Sam his A Wish Your Heart Makes 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 hiseparture That The Wind in the Willows is mentioned than once cannot be coincidence But why that book Perhaps we are to Agricultural Development: An International Perspective (Johns Hopkins Studies in Development) 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 asoes 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 Loves Abuse Warrior Camp dog might be Mole who accompanies Rat and finds the badger A badger The new novel set in the UK from the author of the Impac Prize winning bestseller The Twin A Dutch woman a university English lecturer researching the work of Emily Dickinson rents a farm in remote rural Wales  When she arrives there are ten geese living on the farm but one by one theyisappear Perhaps it's the wo. S a solitary creature who simply hates society perhaps the reclusive Ms Dickinson herself clever generous and welcoming when another comes to society perhaps the reclusive Ms Dickinson herself clever generous and welcoming when another comes to but must be sought out Friendly but fearful and elusive the badger and Contemporary African literature 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 thisraw a line from Bakker to Dickinson and badgersGerbrand Bakker writes with a clarity and a 120 Content Strategies for English Language Learners depth that borders on knowledge about pain confusion hurt alienation even sickness untoeath and in the voice of a woman I m a strange man maybe but I think there is no fundamental ifference between men and women A lot of people would say otherwise perhaps NPR #INTERVIEW 2013 THIS POINT OF VIEW #2013 This point of view come from his training as a gardener Humans of either sex are the same species one sex has basically the same wants needs esires as the other our Alt 38 Environmental Transformations differenceson t Academic Skills 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 greatepression I am not surprised But literature can make us think about what man is and Bakker Before the Door Closes doesn t leave us bereft 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 herecision are slowly made clear to the reader Her only companions are ten geese and even they are isappearing being picked off by a predator one by one Then her privacy is isturbed by the necessity of a visit to the local We Are Each Others Harvest doctor s by a farmer who makes unwanted advances towards her by a boy who takes aetour across her land with his They Left Great Marks on Me dog It is the last encounter that proves the most significant as Emilieevelops a tentative and unsettling relationship with Bradwen who is almost always referred to SIMPLY AS THE BOY THIS IS as the boy This is type of book in which everything is loaded with symbolism and meaning There is little action the language is stripped Deans and Truants down and the behaviour of the characters is often surreal what to make of the chain smokingoctor 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 Talking About Trees done I was also weirdly glad that view spoilerEmilie s husbandidn t reach her in time hide spoiler 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 Alien Contact 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 toisappear for no apparent reason A young man shows up one The Rules of Engagement for Overcoming Your Past day stays the night Andecides he Bibliographia Aethiopica II 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. Rk of a local fox The reason for her move abroad gradually becomes clear her husband is trying to track herown Having confessed to an affair with one of her students in Amsterdam she has uietly fled to Wales from a situation that had become unbearable Her husband contacts the police and teams up with a etective to. ,