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My 'dam Life: Three Years in Holland (Lonely Planet Journeys) Paperback – 1 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864427816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864427816
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a smart and funny book' -- San Francisco Chronicle

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amsterdamned on 19 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Dutch society is an easy target for Anglo-Saxon humour, and Condon has an amusing turn of phrase. That said, the book contains far too many errors for me to read comfortably, especially in the Dutch and the translation thereof, which is abominable. Couldn't Condon have asked one of of many Dutch people he met in Amsterdam to check it? I counted an average of 1 error per page, and that really grates when reading it. I'd like to think that the non-lingustic errors were deliberately made for comic effect, but have to doubt that as the reality is often more comic than Condon has written.

Of course, nobody who doesn't speak Dutch and who has spent less than a weekend in Amsterdam will give a fig for the mistakes, but the natural market for this sort of book is those of us who have spent time in Amsterdam as expatriates. That market is crowded, and this book just doesn't cut it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Brent on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is not a book about living in Amsterdam, this is a record of an unemployed and bored man who happened to live in Amsterdam. Condon tries too hard to be funny and ends up being tedious and repetitive as he has very little to say. By his own account he hasn't bothered to learn Dutch during his 3 years stay there, so the book lacks insight into Dutch life.

(But is full of meetings with ex-pats). I found the book boring and uninformative.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ericmccantona" on 1 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Sean Condon has written two of the funniest travel books ever (Sean & David's Long Drive & Drive-Thru America). This isn't really a travel book, but a diary of three years living in Amsterdam. It is highly readable and amusing, but doesn't quite reach the hilarity of his previous two travel books. But it's well worth a read - everything Sean writes is - and gives an honest view of the ups and downs of the Great Australian Dream (ie to live somewhere else).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Miles VINE VOICE on 27 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Sean Condon has written two of the funniest travel books out there, and this is neither of them. He joins his wife in Amsterdam and is more or less unemployed for three years, feeling depressed and at a loose end: This is merely a collection of halfhearted jottings from this period:, lacking any real focus or insight into either Amsterdam or even his own responses to his situation, it wasn't worth writing or publishing and it certainly isn't worth reading. The catalogue information on the back describing it as Travel/Humour is very misleading indeed - it isn't funny and he doesn't go anywhere.
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