A Tall Man In A Low Land: Some Time Among the Belgians (Paperback)
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A Tall Man In A Low Land: Some Time Among the Belgians (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 02/09/1999
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Most British travel writers head south for a destination that is hot, exotic, dangerous or all three. Harry Pearson chose to head in the opposite direction for a country which is damp, safe and of legendary banality: Belgium. But can any nation whose most famous monument is a statue of a small boy urinating really be that dull? Pearson lived there for several months, burying himself in the local culture. He drank many of the 800 different beers the Belgians produce; ate local delicacies such as kip kap (jellied pig cheeks) and a mighty tonnage of chicory and chips. In one restaurant the house speciality was 'Hare in the style of grandmother'. 'I didn't order it. I quite like hare, but had no wish to see one wearing zip-up boots and a blue beret.' A TALL MAN IN A LOW LAND commemorates strange events such as The Festival of Shrimps at Oostduinkerke and laments the passing of the Underpant Museum in Brussels. No reader will go away from A TALL MAN IN A LOW LAND without being able to name at least ten famous Belgians. Mixing evocative description and low-grade buffoonery Harry Pearson paints a portrait of Belgium that is more rounded than a Smurf after a night on the mussels.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349112060
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 195 x 127 x 18 mm


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Pearson is as tall as he is funny and, believe me, he is very tall * THE FACE *
Funnier than Bill Bryson * Pete Davies, THE INDEPENDENT *
[Belgium] seems a great deal more interesting at the end of the book than it did at the beginning ... Pearson is really funny. Do not read this book in a public place * Jonathan Sale *

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