Netherland: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 20, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
89 Reviews

New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year 

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. As the two men share their vastly different experiences of contemporary immigrant life in America, an unforgettable portrait emerges of an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.




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User Review  - photonegative - LibraryThing

This book, for me, was basically the reading equivalent of watching a cricket match. It might make sense to someone, but that someone is not me. If I wasn't reading this for book discussion, I definitely wouldn't have finished it. Read full review

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Okay, an overpaid Dutch guy that married the wrong woman and temporarily emigrated to New York gets caught up in 9/11 – and the aftermath – loses the wife for a while (they have a son, so he loses him ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
50
Section 4
58
Section 5
62
Section 6
63
Section 7
84
Section 8
94
Section 10
172
Section 11
177
Section 12
200
Section 13
219
Section 14
236
Section 15
257
Section 16
259
Section 17
261

Section 9
152

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About the author (2008)

Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964 and grew up in Mozambique, South Africa, Iran, Turkey, and Holland. His previous works include the novels This is the Life and The Breezes and the non-fiction book Blood-Dark Track, a family history centered on the mysterious imprisonment of both his grandfathers during World War II, which was an NYT Notable Book. He writes regularly for The Atlantic. He lives with his family in New York City.

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