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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, 21 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Twin (Paperback)
Helmer runs his farm situated in the Dutch Platteland while also caring for his dying father. Now in his sixties Helmer, lost his twin brother when they were in their teens, his brother being his father's favoured son and the one destined to take on the farm. Helmer sought an academic future, but at the loss of his brother his father gave him no choice but to take on the farm.

Helmer relates the time spent caring for his distant father and the farm, his association with his neighbours and their two young boys, the period he takes on a young lad to help around the farm ,and as he looks back to his friendship with a young farmhand in his father employ. We follow Helmer as he moves from being a man who had no choice to approaching the possibility of being his own master.

The Twin is a beautiful story about a basically lonely man. There are no great dramas here, no cliff-hangers, with perhaps the exception of one brief episode, it is simply a gentle yet captivating tale; a most enjoyable read.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2013 09:47:32 BDT
V. R. Bell says:
I fully agree. This is a beautiful book. I really loved it. I have never before read a book by a Dutch author and this one makes you want for more. You really get into the feeling of being in the countryside in Holland, the mist, the dikes, the sea, the seasons, the loneliness of the people on the farms. But it is very much also a book about difficult family relations, maturity, longing. Seeing your life go by without taking things in hand. It is a melancholy but beautiful book about the human condition - and being a twin!. And since I'm Danish I found it of course intriguing that there is quite a lot of Denmark in there, since the main character is longing to go to Denmark, like other Dutch farmers before him.
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