The Undutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture and Its Inhabitants Paperback – 13 Mar 2010
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Chapter 1 gives a brief history of the Netherlands. The other chapters cover different aspects of Dutch life and customs in a mainly humourous fashion. One of my favourite passages is the one about how the Dutch drink their beloved coffee. Another funny part discusses Dutch toilets. There is a chapter covering the Dutch in their former colonies and other places where they have been very influential. The 3 appendices contain some amusing and helpful material about the Dutch language such as a list of Dutch-English words that sound similar (false cognates) but when used incorrectly can be embarrassing.
As for the writing style, the book paints a caricature, using humour, exaggeration and other elements to expose and describe quirks, habits and traits, not all unique to Netherlanders but that create a colourful cocktail or mosaic of these interesting people. I have given copies to several Dutch friends and it is always well received. Indeed, they tell me the book is a laughing mirror, and they like the book title.
Read and giggle !!
I have had to rebuy the book 3 times after I lent it out to friends and family, never got them back as they in turn lent it to their friends. So all in all a funny book, not to be taken seriously, it's just an insight into Dutch life.
Have a read, even if you have never been Holland or know anyone Dutch.
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As a Dutch National who has lived abroad for over 40 years... it's still me! Amazing how resilient to change the Dutch cultural psyche is and demonstrates that no matter how long... Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
I'm a Dutch woman living in the UK. I found this book to be largely insulting and negative. yes there are people that behave as described in this book, but you will find people... Read morePublished on 6 July 2014 by Marjan
I am married to a Dutchman, and found this book very believable and funny. A good insight into the ways of the Dutch people.Published on 23 Mar. 2014 by MRS W E DE RIDDER
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Or want to know more about them , we are hilarious when you look at us from a distance Must readPublished on 28 July 2013 by C. van Staaveren