Friday, January 06, 2012
Friday Books: The Twin
Tuesday night I went to bed, intending to read before nodding off. I realized I had left my Kindle downstairs and was too lazy to go down and get it. I grabbed a book off my shelf and started reading. By Wednesday evening I had it done. It was one of those can't-put-it-down books.
The book is The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, winner of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Excellent book! This is the story of an adult twin, whose twin brother died when they were 19. The surviving twin's life is changed dramatically upon his brother's death, and he spends a lot of time avoiding thought/giving thought/learning thoughts about his life and how he could or should carry on. His aging father is a thorn in his side, having had a bad relationship with his father all his life. Various people in his life, and a few new to his life, help him sort through his memories and feelings about life and his self-identity. This is a 5-star book.
As an added bonus, the cover photograph of this book is beautiful!