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Netherland

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Netherland

by O'Neill, Joseph

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ISBN 10
0307377040
ISBN 13
9780307377043
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New York, USA,: Pantheon Books, 2008. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. First American Edition, First Printing. This is a true first US edition, first printing (first impression) with ' First American Edition' and a numberline beginning with [1] to the copyright page therefore indicating a true first print in a near fine to fine jacket which is not price clipped. tight binding, unmarked pages. SIGNED by the Author joseph O'Neill to the title page.

Synopsis

Netherland (2008) is a critically acclaimed novel by Joseph O'Neill. It concerns the life of a Dutchman living in New York in the wake of the September 11 attacks who takes up cricket and starts playing at the Staten Island Cricket Club.

Reviews

On Sep 20 2013, CloggieDownunder said:
Netherland is the third novel by Irish-born author, Joseph O’Neill. Set mainly in post 9/11 New York, it is narrated by Hans van den Broek, a Dutch-born equities analyst living the Chelsea Hotel and working in for a large bank. When his English wife, Rachel takes his young son, Jake, and returns to England, Hans fills his empty weekends with the unlikely (in America) pastime of cricket. He makes the acquaintance of the charismatic Chuck Ramkissoon, a Jamaican of Pakistani extraction who has a finger in many pies, including Kosher sushi, real estate, the establishment of an International Cricket Arena, running a betting business and perhaps something darker, all the while with a wife and a mistress. There are lots of interesting and occasionally surprising tidbits in this novel: cricket in New York; cricket in Holland; preparation of cricket pitches; and New York’s non-white immigrant population. The concept of cricket as a civiliser is novel and the comment on America’s seeing (or lack thereof) of the world is perceptive. There is quite a lot of description of New York which is likely to appeal to people who have lived there. But I found the main character frustrating, emotionally deficient and therefore difficult to really like or care about. Even the departure of his wife and son seems insufficient impetus to stir him from his depressive mood and make him feel strongly enough to insist on leaving with her: he settles for no more than visiting every second weekend. When he returns to England, Hans seems to get his wife back by default: “ ‘He’s fucking someone else,’ Rachel said. ‘Good,’ I said, ‘that means I can fuck you.’ ‘OK, she said.’” There is certainly some lovely descriptive prose and imagery: “My family, the spine of my days, had crumbled. I was lost in invertebrate time” and “Huge trees grew nearby, and their leaves intercepted the sunlight very precisely, so that the shadows of their leaves seemed vital and creaturely as they stirred on the ground – an inkling of some supernature, to a sensibility open to such things.” But does this novel live up to the descriptions on the cover: “Mesmerising”, “Dazzling” and “A Brilliant Book” (Barack Obama)? This was an OK read, but nothing earth-shattering.
On Oct 6 2010, Ccqdesigns said:
I gave this book 50 pages to stop boring me, but it never did. The story was steeped in the minutia of each and every day of a man's life in New York City after his wife left him and moved back to London. He played Cricket on a team several days a week. And repeat..... I just don't have the patience to wait for something interesting to catch me.

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book dealer
Kelleher Rare Books IE (IE)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
007507
Title
Netherland
Author
O'Neill, Joseph
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0307377040
ISBN 13
9780307377043
Publisher
Pantheon Books
Place of Publication
New York, USA,
Date Published
2008
Keywords
NETHERLAND,O'NEILL, JOSEPH,SIGNED, FIRST EDITION
Bookseller catalogs
Irish Fiction;

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