De Omweg

De Omweg Una Mujer Extranjera Alquila Una Solitaria Granja En Gales Dice Que Su Nombre Es Emilie En La Granja Encuentra Diez Gansos Que Van Desapareciendo Sin Que Sepa La Causa Poco A Poco Conoceremos A La Protagonista Y Querremos Saber M S De Qu Huye Por Qu No Echa El Desconocido Que Aparece En La Granja Qu Har Cuando El Marido La Encuentre Con Estos Elementos Se Podr A Pensar En Un Thriller Convencional, Pero En Este Libro Por Encima De Todo Encontramos Una Forma De Narrar, La De Bakker, Y Una Mujer Que Permanece En El Recuerdo, O Quiz S En Los Sue Os, Durante Mucho Tiempo

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  • Paperback
  • 239 pages
  • De Omweg
  • Gerbrand Bakker
  • Spanish
  • 06 March 2017
  • 9788415539629

10 thoughts on “De Omweg

  1. says:

    Ten White Geese, shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, is a beautifully written, quite and mysterious read.A 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 tranquility 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 ways.This short book which I read over a few days is enchanting, simple, but also haunting You won t forget Ten White Geese.4 out of 5 starsA thanks to Zoey for her review recommending this book.

  2. 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 quiet, 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. 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 quiet 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 Dickinson.Emilie 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 years.Emilie 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 people.Hints about Emilie and others are dropped as the story slowly unfolds, but many questions 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. 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 go.She 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 escape.Bradwen 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 exquisite 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. 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 splendid.I can t I won t Insomnia s lengthening twine can be an expression of conscience This sauce, this book, has used novelistic techniques 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 recommended.However, 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 requires 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 distance.This 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. 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 profoundly.So it was with Ten White Geese, a book with an immense contemplative power that brought me to tears without quite knowing why.Gerbrand 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 up.Gradually, 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 spoilers.So 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 tranquility 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. 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 spoiler Emilie s husband didn t reach her in time hide spoiler

  9. says:

    Graag gelezen, Gerbrand Bakker heeft zo n prettige, rustige manier van schrijven Wat ingetogen en dan soms ineens die droge humor van hem ertussen door Extra leuk was de locatie van het boek, Wales, en dan ook nog vlakbij waar we nu zitten Na Cynan Jones boek The Dig, dat zich ook afspeelt in Wales en door een Welshman geschreven is, is het net alsof je het boek van een Nederlandse buurman die verderop woont leest.

  10. 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 Petterson.It 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 bed.Make this bed with awe In it wait till judgment breakExcellent and fair.Be its mattress straight,Be 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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