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Too many errors mask the humour,
This review is from: My 'dam Life: Three Years in Holland (Lonely Planet Journeys) (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.