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Pleasant stroll through a small country,
This review is from: A Tall Man in a Low Land : " Some Time Among The Belgians" (Paperback)
After reading Pearson's superb journey through the football of the North East of England in 'The Far Corner' I was suitably impressed enough to follow his exploits in Belgium. Despite being a travel book, his journey seems to have had little organisation as Pearson route through the country can best be described as haphazard. A line of his journey would resemble a zig-zag more than anything.
Yet this is how Pearson views his stay in Belgium. Rather than being a straightforward walkthrough of linear progression, Pearson actually resides there for a time, allowing himself to wallow in Belgium culture and gradually absorbing the makeup of the nation and it's various eccentricities as well as getting to know the Belgians and their various peccadillos.
While I wasn't particularly interested in Belgium to begin with, Pearson's beguiling Palinesque bemusement in a foreign land is endearing and helps to connect the reader with the subject. The author has a wonderful store of metaphors collected from his upbringing which are liberally sprinkled to keep you laughing.
While I enjoyed the book I don't have much of a fondness for Belgium than I already possessed. The author for me was the interest in the book, much more interesting than the subject.