April 1, 2009
April 1, 2009
When his twin brother dies in a car accident, Helmer is obliged to return to the small family farm. He resigns himself to taking over his brother's role and spending the rest of his days 'with his head under a cow'.
The novel begins thirty years later with Helmer moivng his invalid father upstairs out of the way, so that he can redecorate the downstairs, finally making it his own. Then Riet, the woman once engaged to marry Helmer's 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 one's own hands. It chronicles a way of life which has resisted modernity, a world culturally apart, and yet laden with familiar longing.
After the death of his identical twin, Helmer Van Wonderen returns from university and takes over the job of running of his stern father's farm. Thirty years later, with his father dying in the top floor of the farmhouse, Helmer hears from Riet, the woman both he and his brother loved, and who was responsible for his brother's death. She has a troubled teenage son, and hopes that life on the farm will be good for him. As he finds himself bonding with the boy, Helmer finds a brief reprieve from the loneliness and duty of his life. Gerbrand Bakker's debut is a subtly powerful novel with a wonderfully evocative sense of nature, psychology, and dialogue. Winner of the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Work + the Workplace, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Literary, Settings, General, Peoples + Cultures
- Language: English
- Author: Gerbrand Bakker
- Online Item #: 11315572
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-0214
- ISBN: 9780980033021
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported