You Looked Too Far
Original title: Je keek te ver
Such bright, witty and poetic prose. At times so beautiful I could cry. – Trouw
Every day, Marjoleine de Vos goes for a walk, starting from her house in Zeerijp. Beneath a bright blue sky, heavy clouds or in merciless rain, they are always there: the fields, in bloom or bare, the crows, the trees with or without their foliage, the little church in Eenum. Sometimes there are onions in the fields, sometimes there are frolicking hares – everything is always the same and always different.
What is it about hiking that makes it so appealing, wonders De Vos in Je keek te ver. She reflects on the difference between the city and the countryside, the position of cultural landscape in the Netherlands, about the art of loss, a course on landscape reading. And about how the head relates to the body: oftentimes, bustling thoughts make it seem like you’re not even walking in the outside world but in your own frightened and busy mind. You have to tell yourself to look around. Not in time, but across the countryside. You looked too far. What you’re looking for is right here.
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