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The UnDutchables: an observation of the netherlands, its culture and its inhabitants Paperback – August 5, 2013
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Nothing is more interesting than to see yourself through the eyes of an outsider.
The UnDutchables is a very revealing treatise about us... This book in a very exact yet funny way discloses all the secrets about us that we really would have preferred to keep to ourselves. In other words, they hang out the dirty linen...
The authors have clearly looked much farther than wooden shoes and tulips... Even the way we stir sugar in our coffee has not escaped their notice and not until you read this book from cover to cover do you understand how much our behavior, that we consider as completely normal ourselves, borders on insanity for a non-Netherlander.
Everything in it is true, and only the humor with which it is written makes it at all palatable for us.
A fine little work, then, that will be around for years. -- Johannes van Dam --Het Parool
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At least for the part we refer to as "Holland" see the outstanding Youtube video "Holland vs Netherlands" to learn more about these lowlands.
I am born and raised in the Netherlands (Maastricht) but always wanted to leave this country because I did not like the culture and habits the author accurately describes in this book. The Dutch are nice folks when they travel and when you visit as a tourist. But when you have to live there and fit in its a different story.
Unless you come to Maastricht its like a small version of Paris. If they could anexate it to Belgium I might want to come back ;-)
Remember, take all of the reading with a grain of salt and know that a lot of it is an exaggeration, written years ago and every now and then updated. Every country has it foibles and the Dutch have fewer than some countries. Don't use this book as a travel book but as a humorous (in parts) way to understand another countries cultures and traditions.
I truly appreciate that, as the country changes, the authors continue to update this book to reflect current trends and habits. Keeping politics updated is incredibly difficult in any nation, nevermind one to which you aren't a native!
Good read, made me laugh out loud, and I actually learned something.