Item description for The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch by Rodney Bolt...
Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.61" Width: 4.17" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.13 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1999
Publisher Oval Books
ISBN 190282525X ISBN13 9781902825250
Availability 0 units.
More About Rodney Bolt
Rodney Bolt was born in Africa, has an Irish passport, a British driving licence and a Dutch residence permit. Having lived and worked in Greece, in England and in Germany, he has finally come to roost in Amsterdam, where such hybrid creatures pass unnoticed, and are even made to feel at home. For many years he ran a pub theatre in London, and has worked as a theatre director, English teacher, private tutor, letter-sorter and journalist. Now he makes his living mainly from travel writing, and is failing to fend off the Dutch desire to write novels. He divides his national affections between the Netherlands and Madeira, just as he hopes one day to divide his domestic arrangements between a canal house and a quinta in the hills. In the meantime he lives in one corner of a large 19th-century house, within walking distance of a street-market, a swimming pool and three excellent museums. He could ask for little more
Reviews - What do customers think about The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch?
A fun, informative read Jan 19, 2007
As a sales person in travel, I look for insights into a culture to help me "breathe some life into the destination"; this book is a delight to read and useful.
Short and sweet Oct 14, 2005
I was quite surprised by the size of this book when I opened the box from this site - I think the operating manual for my desk lamp must be twice the size. But good things often come in small packages, and this is no exception. This book is informative and concise, offering worthwhile insight into those who call the Netherlands home. I only wish the printing company would have used paper more suitable for use with a highlighter (read: higher quality).
this book is right on the money, trust me, I am 100% Dutch Jun 3, 1999
I have been living in the States for some time know and of course think back a lot of The Netherlands. When I read this book it makes me laugh . It is very accurate and doesn't give you the avarage american impression. ( cool those hashbars and the redlightdistrict!!)The book made me very proud to de Dutch. I would recommend it to anyone interested in The netherlands !!
Can be insightful. Jun 7, 1998
Americans might think the Xenophobe books to be "racist" as they try to sum up entire nations of people stereotypically. But, while it was often off the mark, it did help me to understand some things about my Dutch friend, and facilitated our communication. I've got to go clean the house before he comes to visit. :)
Dutchman stunned by Xenophobe's mirror Jun 6, 1998
This guide to the Dutch is the best book I've read about us (yes, I'm Dutch) in many years. None of your clogs and windmills fairy tales, no boring statistics either, but a pretty accurate insight into the Dutch society and the Dutch ways. It's a funny and tongue-in-cheek book, that very often had me laughing out loud and saying things like "Come on, we don't do things like that!", only to realise a few seconds later that we do.