My Reading List Goes Dutch

In three weeks I will be traveling to Amsterdam (Eyjafjallajökull-willing) and since it’s always good to know something about a place before one visits, I’ve added a number of books to my reading list by Dutch authors and/or books about Amsterdam and the Netherlands.  Many of these books come recommended by the excellent biblioblog The Hieroglyphic Streets.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Dream Room by Marcel Möring
My ‘Dam Life by Sean Condon
The Darkroom of Damocles by William Frederick Hermans
The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer
The Assault by  Harry Mulisch
The Embarrassment of Riches by  Simon Schama
Amsterdam by Geert Mak
Amsterdam : a traveler’s literary companion edited by Manfred Wolf.

Here are a couple of other books apropos to the topic that I’ve read previously with links to the reviews:

Brilliant orange : the neurotic genius of Dutch football by David Winner
Vermeer’s Hat. The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook

I’ll keep reading until the vacation is over, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read all of these books.  Still, if anyone wants to recommend the quintessential Dutch book that I  must read, let me know in the comments.

2 thoughts on “My Reading List Goes Dutch

  1. I looked up Hans Brinker and was surprised to learn that it – and the story of the boy with his finger in the dyke – were written by an American who’d never been to the Netherlands!


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