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I initially picked this book up because I thought it sounded interesting. I have an interest in a lot of European countries and their cultures, so it just seemed natural to read a book like this for me.Even thought history often is not my private interest, I found that Ben Coates was able to describe Dutch culture and the history that led up to it in a method that I found both interesting and entertaining. The author has a rather enjoyable sense of humor, and I learned a lot about the Netherlands that I never would have expected. I've never been there before, but this book place the country at the top of my travel list. Amazing work!
For this former Dutch national there were lots of changes. Especially in how the Dutch society has become more weary about the goings on. To me the fuss about Zwarte Piet, a traditional and fantasy hero is amazing. I never saw him as a lowly slave but an assistant who happened to be a e drug stage seems to be out of control, which I have noted on my yearly trips back to the so tolerance of various nationalities and religions is no longer.I belief this book is accurate enough to obtain a true feel of what the country is today.
A nice dive in the the complexity of Dutch culture (*much* better than UnDuchables, which I found to be insulting)The most interesting "fact" I picked up was the government's "help" in radicalizing Muslim migrants via subsidies for conservative imams. It reminds me of the US Government's "eating fat will create you fat" nutrition advice, which was not just wrong but also instrumental in pushing a lot of people into poor diet choices. The Dutch government's importation of imams, rather than integrating migrants into Dutch tolerance (a tradition not always carried out towards foreigners or their own poorer people).
4.5 stars. I started reading Why the Dutch are Various a while ago and have just finished it now. At first I wasn't sure whether it was memoir, history, social comment or what it was, but actually it's a mixture of all n Coates is a young Englishman who was formerly in the hectic political globe of the UK. As a speech writer and lobbyist, I am sure he must have been used to viewing the globe through a critical lens. This book is a reflection of his ability to stand back and look at the Netherlands without any rose-tinted glasses on, something I think I would search hard to do myself as I tend to wish to focus on the positive aspects of life wherever I have lived it, and of course I've lived in the Netherlands for nearly seventeen rst and foremost, allow me say Ben Coates is an exceptionally amazing writer. His flexible use of English in his keen perceptions on the Dutch, their history and their customs is excellent and I often stopped reading simply to admire a sentence or phrase that seemed particularly apt or succinct. There were, however, quite huge sections of the book I felt tempted to skim over. For those who don't know much European, and specifically Dutch, history, this book gives a kind of potted summary of a lot of of the necessary periods in the country's past. For these people, it will probably be useful; for myself, I could have done without quite so much straying into the activities of the VOC (the East India Company), King William's exploits into England and the history of the Spanish and French domination of the Netherlands. This was all background I studied at school and university and unfortunately, it didn't really strike me as anything more than just reeling off the facts; nor did it seem to have much to do with why the Dutch are various now, other than setting the historical background for the country's amazing reputation as a trading nation that supported the arts in its Golden Age. On the plus side, I learnt a lot of fascinating small gems, such as why the town of Breda got its name (the breede Ee, meaning the wide river Ee) and other such @#$%its. I found myself frequently asking my Dutch partner 'Did you know this?' and often he didn't, so for all those interesting snippets, I was very rangely enough, I enjoyed the section on the Dutch obsession with football. I'm not a football fan at all, but the fanatical devotion the Dutch have to soccer is a curious phenomenon in this country and I found the accounts he gave of the teams, the key players and managers and both the national adoration and criticism that the Dutch have for their footballers really entertaining. However, most of all, I enjoyed the later chapters where he writes about how the intrinsic Dutch culture of 'anything goes' has been tested in latest years by what opening borders and increased immigration have meant to the Netherlands. He writes lucidly and honestly about how this has affected the traditionally relaxed attitude Dutch have had to drug use, prostitution, homosexuality, euthanasia and l this quite intense discussion is set versus the background of Ben Coates' own experience as he travelled around the Netherlands during his early years in the country and while he makes few private judgements until quite close to the end of the book, he tells things like they are. I must say I quite often wondered if he even liked it at all; that was until I reached the final chapter, when I realised that he, like me, appreciates how much our easy, breezy self-confident and optimistic Dutch hosts have to offer. He also shows how fond we can become of these smiling, but direct people who fully espouse their 'philosophy of a flat country'. As I said at the beginning, this book is part memoir, part history lesson and part editorial. Overall, it is a really amazing read and I learnt a lot from it and I am now looking forward to reading his fresh book about the Rhine, which is apparently due out soon.
This book went a long method towards explaining to me why my Dutch upbringing, by immigrant parents in the U.S. during the 1960s and early 1970s was so various from that of my cousins, who grew up in the Netherlands during that same time. The changes that Dutch culture has gone through in the latest 50-60 years is amazing. The author provides a nice overview of the culture and traditions of Dutch society, and while he is occasionally critical, mostly he is very appreciative of the method of life in this little European country.
Ben Coates uses the English language in an astonishing way. When I read his book, it was if I had seen English used the most attractive method possible. Every sentence tells a complete description of what he sees, hears and even smells on his journey. It is a thought provoking book with perfect history of the peoples called "Dutch". I belong to a beginning writers' group and bought two copies to share so they could see how an awesome man uses the English language.
In planning a trip to Holland, I wanted to read something that would "slice of life" insights rather than the "just the facts ma'am" information of typical travel books or general histories. I couldn't have found a better book. The author alternates between historical info and daily-living anecdotes. As an ex-pat he has enough critical distance to provide insight for the outsider, but enough of an obvious love for the Dutch to create his description winsome. As a person whose mind has been jumbled by Google and all its distractions, I nonetheless finished this book in several days. A fresh record for me, but even more so a tribute to the author's ability to be informative and funny at the same time. Cheers mate!
I found Ben's insight fascinating. As someone with Dutch ancestry this has explained a lot of how my family is. Also, they left the Netherlands not to long after the war, still instilled with the frugality from very small meal around and having to eat what here is. How they still talk and their views which have been shared to the younger generations. The tolerance! And the very definite rules😂 .
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I was looking for soaking melody that I could use to be in prayer for an hour. I learned how to pray through The Tabernacle from Marilyn Hickey Ministries. This is where you pray at the different stations of The Tabernacle. At the entrance of the outer gate, the Brazen altar, the Brazen Laver, The Golden Lampstand, The Table of Shewbread, The Golden Altar and The Ark of The Covenant. The CD by Julie Real fulfilled everything I was looking for. It is 58 mins long and excellent for praying the Tabernacle Prayer. I have tried other artists CDs and just did not have the same atmosphere I needed. The hour goes by so fast, that I am astonished. The 4th track Light of Heaven Shining on Me is so anointed and hearing it brings me into a state of Joy and Peace. This CD is excellent for your prayer time, for meditating or taking a nap. I have used it for all three.If anyone is interested in The Tabernacle prayer, you can search it on YouTube. Both Marilyn Hickey and Dr David Yonggi Cho explain it very well. The prayer transformed my prayer life.
Amazing album. We play this during relaxaton, worship, and also in our small one's room. Helps to relieve tension and helps to really search rest in God's presence. We first saw her performing live on Sid Ruth's program years ago and got her album then and now. Attractive soaking experience.
This CD is absolutely attractive and so anointed, but if you obtain the MP3 downloads, which I did, the songs stop abruptly to go to the next song instead of a continuous flow that Julie Real intended. It disrupts the flow on the music! This is the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 5 stars. I would recommend buying the CD instead of getting the MP3 download.
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