A Guided Tour of the Gilded Cage. Jan Van Loy Takes the Reader by the Ear (with an Extract from ‘Alpha America' by Jan Van Loy)
(Mark Cloostermans) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 136-146
After three books, we have a fairly clear picture of what interests Jan Van Loy: modern, over-indulged, people and their relationship to the gilded cage in which they live. That theme gives scope for a lot of humour and for feelings. Thus far he has given his readers mainly pleasure, because if there is one thing that sticks out a mile, it is that Van Loy is an extremely talented story-teller, particularly of stories to do with freedom and all the illusions that go with it. And thanks to his previous history as someone who spent years as an unemployed layabout, he is also someone who knows how it feels to pursue a dream.
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