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Mijn tweede huid by Erwin Mortier

Mijn tweede huid (2000)

by Erwin Mortier

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A very nice book, little details that describe very precise the atmosphere, the fine differences between social classes and the effects of these differences on children and the way they grow up and find their way in live, or to the contrary , do not find their way in live.
Mortier is for the moment (jan. 2009) very "hot" here in Flanders with his new book [Godenslaap], but this was for me the first book i read from this author and it is a hit.
The story is on a little boy, Anton, who grows up on a farm where multiple generations of his family have always lived together but an end is coming to this situation with the new industrialisation era that ends the agricultural tradition in the family.
The boy is confronted with all kind of social changes, grows up, goes to school, meets other young boys and is ocnfronted with all kind of social and emotional differences.
It is especially the way the author describes the emotional loneliness that is so precise and so precious, some words did remind me of my childhood where, after the death of my mother, i had these same feelings of loneliness.
On the other hand it strikes me that for a lot of modern dutch authors apparently all tormented characters need to be gay, as if this i an evident combination.
Nevertheless my conclusion is that this is a very nice book, full of great but subtle descriptions off everyday family relations and childhood feelings. Very nice indeed. ( )
2 vote Lunarreader | Jan 11, 2009 |
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"As Anton grows up, each tentative step on the path of adulthood brings knowledge, understanding and responsibility. Through the eyes of this impressionable and observant young boy we witness the loss of innocence as he comes to terms with time's passing and the inevitability of death. Anton finds solace in his friendship with fellow classmate Willem, and believes he has found a way to deal with his increasingly uneasy relationship with life. But this bond introduces a new emotional hurdle for Anton, an awakening love that gives him his own undiscovered identity and envelops him, like a second skin." "The sublety with which Erwin Mortier describes Anton's experiences and feelings makes this an extraordinary touching tale. As in his debut novel, Marcel, the author enters a child's mind with startling lucidity and tenderness. A young boy, stripped of the innocence of youth, finds himself emotionally stranded. But far from being a desolate novel, My Fellow Skin is a tale of love, innocence, protection and the painful loneliness when things fall apart."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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