I just finished The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, which is basically all about themes that I associate with crushing boredom — farmers and old, sick parents and rural areas — but I couldn’t put it down. It’s subtle, quiet, hilarious, cruel, beautiful, and somehow exhilarating in all of its understatement. It has a protagonist with a unique voice. It never hits a false note. It never hits a predictable note. Reading a book like that is joyous, especially when it keeps rereading itself in your head, your heart, and your life for a few days or weeks afterwards.
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