What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts?
Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesn’t see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.
Years later, when a body is pulled out of a New York canal, Hans is forced to remember his unusual friendship with Chuck - dreamer, visionary, and perhaps something darker...
©2010 Joseph O'Neill (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
"I'm reading this book called Netherland by Joseph O'Neill … it's fascinating. It's a wonderful book" (Barack Obama)
While the headline is a cliche, this thoroughly engaging novel is anything but a cliche. Through the lens of cricket O'Neil reveals a New York I never knew existed. I loved his voice, style and wit. I really enjoyed this one.
The accents. Through David Thorpe's performance, Hans Chuck, and all these other wonderful, wonderful characters that inhabit this delightful book, come alive.
Just one? There were so many!
The one with Hans and his mother, where his mother finds him on her bike, next to the river, and they just ride together, side by side on their bikes... wonderful.
I think all the scenes with Hans' mother, and all the ones with his son, are exceptional.
And of course Chuck's ramblings. They are the heart of this novel.
Not really. Some parts need a bit of introspection, maybe even a second listen.
I'd like a bit more plot and a bit less of the quirky, characterful digressions....
Possibly.....with different subject matter; his writing flows really nicely.
All the scenes where he's talking with his wife - the dialogue is insightful.
Nope. Not enough plot for me.
This is a quirky, rambling read with endless time jumps and digressions into interest and entertaining but ultimately pointless asides. But it is entertaining.
"Wonderful, wonderful New York novel"
A most unlikely story - cricket in New York, played by a lonely Dutchman. From such absurd (?), impossible elements O'Neill has crafted a most elegantly put-together tale that I wanted to go on and on.
Confession: not having come across O'Neill as a writer, I spent the first half of the book believing it to be a true story. I spent the second half of the book wishing it was.
The detail (including lengthy details about cricket) and characterisation are simply exquisite!
"Unless your a REAL cricket fan.....and even then??"
A very serious cricket person....Perhaps.?
I bought the paper back version of his book back in 2010, even then I struggled to get through the first for pages and never did finish the book.
when I noticed the same book available on Audible I decided to give it another go, sadly this book really did nothing for me at all, I felt it was far to slow and it never really caught my imagination, even after the death/murder of Chuck Ramkissoon where I felt there might be a glimmer of excitement there was little, I finished the book simply because i wanted to see if anything was going to happen that might just liven things up....Sadly not and even the ending paragraphs to me left me empty.
The only one thing that intrigued was David Thorpes accent.
For £26.....Its not worth it.
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