A very Dutch book, in old Dutch spelling. This will probably be lost in the English translation and I have no idea how that will effect the story, because I read the book in Dutch. I think though the problems the main character encounters are universal; feeling unimportant in the job and as a human, wanting to change it and having a hard time doing so, with even a harder time deciding to go back to being a very small part in the world again. The process of these choices made are very well written down by Elsschot and I felt the struggles the main character had to go through. I could understand his wanting to be somebody after feeling a nobody for so long, being heard at parties where he was always ignored. I could also see that the world he got into wasn’t his world at all. The differences of the two worlds were well worked out by the author. Only a very small book, but if you have the chance you should read it.