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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A hilarious yet profound and revealing look at the Dutch, their customs and their mentality. This exquisite satire explores the most diverse aspects of daily Dutch life, from coffee to child rearing, from train travel to the toilet.
Learn why the Dutch believe, "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it," and why it's so hard to learn the Dutch language, "The more you try to learn Dutch, the more the Dutch refuse to speak Dutch to you and the more they complain that you haven't learned it.
Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Ben Coates. Russell Shorto. Netherlands - Culture Smart! Sheryl Buckland. Rick Steves. Lonely Planet. Customers who bought this item also bought. Simon Schama. Mike Dash. Register a free business account. Review 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. Tell the Publisher! I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Hilarious but true! Confirms to me why I emigrated Verified Purchase. Great read! 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 ;-. This book is hilarious! I am laughing constantly throughout. Having just returned from a visit to the Netherlands, I am finding this book to be perfect in its descriptions of those crazy Dutchies My daughter lives in Rotterdam with her Dutch boyfriend.
He's not really as amused as we are, however, by these descriptions, but she and I love it! A great book for anyone with ties to that unique little part of the world. It took me quite a few chapters to realize that the cover caricature is actually the current royal family.
This book is an excellent outsider's perspective on the Netherlands. It's funny, it's engaging, it's informative, and helps outsiders get a better handle on some of the unique idiosyncrasies of this small, and very crowded nation. 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. I read this book before marrying a Dutch man, and wanting to think only positive thoughts about my soon to be new country, was hurt by some of the writings in the book. After living in Holland for ten years, I have to agree with most of what is in the book. The Dutch are passive-aggressive people,liking you to your face or for a few months, but when not quickly learning their language, they become distant and cliquish.
I tried to fit in with going to church, joining groups, and whatever anyone suggested, but I seemed to be on the fringe most of the time. My age had a lot to do with since I was 59, youngish but still not able to join the young people in bars and concerts to establish myself.
I did go to college to learn the language, a horrendous experience since they were trying out a new way to teach So, in rereading the book, I now am amused that it is so true about most things i. I asked a Dutch friend why she did not pick up her dog's droppings and she said "that is why I pay for the dog license.
Let them clean it up". I was scolded constantly for wanting English translations for medical terms. As I left the country to return with hubby to California, my doctor said he was sorry he treated me as he did.
All in all, I would do it all again, but read more and not think the UnDutchables is an unfair concept of the Netherlanders.
It is true, but they are wonderful people once they accept you and that you truly want to be a part of them. Reading this book will provide many laughs, and if you have lived through some of it, some sad moments of remembering, but. I heartily recommend this book as a gift to anyone even remotely interested or connected to the Netherlands.
I have bought this book as a gift for many, and my Dutch relatives by marriage love it. Yes, the Dutch are tolerant, even when being joked about. 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. People are bad drivers, etc, etc, etc. I found that I learned very little about the Dutch.
One person found this helpful. I bought several copies of this hilarious book. Being married to a Dutch person is frequently frustrating. I gave this book to my sister in laws and one brother in law much to their appreciation. It was written with a great deal of humor and fact, even though your Dutch spouse won't think so. I gave this book as a gift to my dad. He loved it and kept telling me how funny it was.
And he'd start laughing as he was trying to talk, remembering how funny it is. That's a win! See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Some funny observations on the Dutch people. The Dutch, like the Irish, have an ability to laugh at themselves. Thank you for your feedback.
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The UnDutchables is a term originally coined by author Colin White who, together with author Laurie Boucke, wrote a book with the same title. The complete title is: The UnDutchables: an observation of the Netherlands, its culture and its inhabitants. The book was first published in , has been a best-seller in the Netherlands since and is also popular in North America , the United Kingdom, Australia, and former Dutch colonies. To remain current, it is updated every 2—4 years. When the book was first released, the authors had spent a cumulative total of 22 years living in the Netherlands. Colin White British lived and worked there for 7 years, and Laurie Boucke American lived and worked there for 15 years. There is no plot and the book is not a travel guide.
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