Tuesday Land. Sketches of Belgium
'Tuesday Land' is a collection of travel stories about Belgium, written by a stay-at-home traveller. Alongside forays into his own (childhood) experiences, Verhulst takes a closer look at various aspects of Belgian society, such as pigeon racing, bowls, camping and mountaineering in the Ardennes, cycling, Eddy Merckx and the Tour of Flanders, Mary and other holy virgins, the Belgian carthorse, health resort Spa, and so on.
Verhulst is extremely witty as he describes the little things that make Belgians happyElsevier
'Tuesday Land' is a declaration of love to the Belgian in the street, wonder at his pastimes, an ode to his beautiful, but archaic turns of phrase. It is also a deliberately fragmented narrative about a Belgian childhood, a chronicling of the things that pass.
All this Verhulst describes, ponders and pokes fun at in his unique and inimitable style: fluent and smooth, incisive and ironic, as well as over-the-top and hilarious, but never without compassion.
This stylistically strong writer holds his readers’ attention with a great sense of timing and narrative skillDe Tijd