- Author: Matthias Declercq
- Title: URK
- Published: 2020
- Language: Dutch
- List of Challenges 2021
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It took me four days to read this 296 page book.
I did not want it to end.
Absolutely fascinating book about a small fishing town in
The Netherlands that you probably never heard of.
It is shrouded in an ultra Calvinistic believe and has 25 churches
for a population of 20.000.
Belgian journalist M. Declercq decides to move to Urk for 6 months.
Can he discover the “hidden” undercurrent that flows through the village?
I hope this book is translated into English very soon.
It is nominated for Brusse Prize 2021.
The Brusse Prize for best Dutch-language journalistic book of the year.
The book is a GEM…and I love the cover.
Did Mr. Declercq discover the ‘undercurrent’ in the village?
Oh, yes ….but it took him 6 months to win the trust of many people he interviewed.
Many people did not want to speak “on the record” but there were a few very brave people who told Declercq what really happens in the village. The Lord doesn’t care how many bible verses you have memorized….He cares about how you treat people.
This was the best book I’ve read all year….and surprise…a book in Dutch, right in my own backyard!