Sep 29, 2015

Dutch Days Book Review: Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst

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Review by Suze

Madame Verona and her husband Monsieur Potter are living in Oucwègne. Their house is on a hill and it's in a remote forest area. Oucwègne is a place where people are set in their ways, where table football is an important part of daily life, where people go to the vet if they have health issues and where baby girls are rare. Madame Verona is beautiful and still young when she loses her beloved Monsieur Potter. She misses him dearly and tries to endure life without him. Meanwhile she has the company of dogs as all dogs love her and want to be close to her.

Monsieur Potter chopped as much wood as he could for his wife. When he discovers he's ill he ends his life in a drastic way. Madame Verona has a lot of wood, but no husband to chop new wood for her, so eventually she will run out. There will be a final time when she goes down the hill, a time when she won't be able to climb back up again...

Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill is a beautiful poetic story. Every word Dimitri Verhulst writes counts. It isn't a long story, but it doesn't have to be. The strength is in the love between Madame Verona and her husband and in the peculiarity of the village. They are a perfect match. The house on the hill and Oucwégne are an important part of this tale. Together they are balanced, they belong together. This book should be read because of its special love and the beautiful writing. It's fantastic, a true work of art. 


  1. This has me intrigued, I may suggest this one to my book group.

    1. It's special, there's nothing like it which is why I love it so much.

  2. This sounds like a beautiful read, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Definitely another for my TBR list! I hadn't been aware of Dimitri Verhulst before.

    Stephanie Jane

  3. This work inspires me, reminds me of college days, when everything was different. I read a lot and loved to have fun. My friends and I could play poker until the morning and then pair up. Now I prefer games online, though the tradition of playing until the morning is preserved

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