Agaat - Marlene Van Niekerk I'm astounded by the precise language and slow, quiet intensity of this book. The story of Milla and Agaat's complex relationship unfolds in Milla's three distinct voices over a lifetime spent on a rural South African farm. Through dated journal entries, short bursts of stream of consciousness, and second person narrative, Milla's many voices provide a compelling portrait of a nation at war with its own ideals.