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Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands

Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands

作者 : Ben Coates

出版社 : NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING

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定價 : NT 550

售價9折, NT495

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獲蘇格蘭全國報Scotsman選為年度旅遊書籍,是深度遊荷蘭的必備參考書。

Holland與Netherlands我們都稱之為荷蘭,兩者之間有什麼區別?
荷蘭國家足球隊的亮橘色隊衣聞名全球,橘色對荷蘭有什麼樣的意義?
為什麼荷蘭人的平均身高是世界第一?
你可知荷蘭嘉年華會的熱鬧程度僅次於巴西?
為什麼荷蘭人的工作時數比大部分國家的人要少,卻比他們要富有得多?
阿姆斯特丹的紅燈區就要結束經營了,你可知他們才是殺害猶太少女安妮.法蘭克的兇手。

本書作者Ben Coates滯留荷蘭Schiphol機場時,突然想起數月前遇見的荷蘭女孩,便打了通電話給她,原以為只是共進晚餐,沒想到卻在荷蘭待了下來。到底這個國家有什麼樣的魅力,可以吸引這個英國人長住於此?

荷蘭名列世界最小的國家之一,卻是那麼重要又吸引人,它到底有什麼樣的迷人之處?這個國家的土地,可說是荷蘭人自己創造出來的。因為熱愛乳製品與啤酒而不斷地將水排出國土之外的戰鬥,他們對自然的態度,以及眾所周知的耐受力,都形塑了荷蘭人的民族性。透過這個定居荷蘭的英國佬個人的觀察,荷蘭的人與歷史,將使你的荷蘭之旅與他人大不相同!

*A SCOTSMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR*

Stranded at Schiphol airport, Ben Coates called up a friendly Dutch girl he'd met some months earlier. He stayed for dinner. Actually, he stayed for good.

In the first book to consider the hidden heart and history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, the author explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world's smallest countries is also so significant and so fascinating. It is a self-made country, the Dutch national character shaped by the ongoing battle to keep the water out from the love of dairy and beer to the attitude to nature and the famous tolerance.

Ben Coates investigates what makes the Dutch the Dutch, why the Netherlands is much more than Holland and why the colour orange is so important. Along the way he reveals why they are the world's tallest people and have the best carnival outside Brazil. He learns why Amsterdam's brothels are going out of business, who really killed Anne Frank, and how the Dutch manage to be richer than almost everyone else despite working far less. He also discovers a country which is changing fast, with the Dutch now questioning many of the liberal policies which made their nation famous.

A personal portrait of a fascinating people, a sideways history and an entertaining travelogue, Why the Dutch are Different is the story of an Englishman who went Dutch. And loved it.
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Ben Coates
出生於英格蘭,取得經濟學的碩士學位後,便從事政治顧問、撰寫企業演講稿、政治遊說者、救援人員等工作。目前與荷蘭妻子住在鹿特丹,為一個國際慈善機構工作。
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