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Hi, I'm Odile, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

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Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom
Groenhuijsen presents a very accesible and nuanced view on the current state of affairs in the Netherlands as a country.

He presents ample counterweight to what the media, politicians, and hearsay would have us believe, by presenting many facts and balancing examples of things that defy the generally pessimistic view that many people in our country have.

On the way, he treats issues like immigration and integration, the economy, education, and health care.

Being a book aimed at a very wide audience, the writing style is often quite superficial, as are the treatments of many issues. However, you can't afford to be thorough when you are tackling a subject of this size. All the same, this makes this a book that's nice to read once, and it will make you rethink your opinion of the country. It's not something to re-read, though.