The best part of Netherland was the character development of the protagonist. I disliked the rambling style. The story begins in the present, but is largely driven by flashbacks and digressions.
I can't say I was exactly disappointed. I read the book to review it, so I had no particular expectations. I simply wasn't impressed with it.
Mays does a nice job of working with this material. His reading is direct and clear.
NOT read another book by Joseph O'neill.
I am not fond of "slice of life" books, so my review is probably less than fair. However, I simply wasn't impressed with the overall approach. The whole concept of Cricket, the game as applied to "playing cricket" as keeping your dealings in life open and above board in life, seemed a little strained to me.
I must admit I got this for class, so its not really my style. But I have liked a few that we have had to read. This one was not fun. It was slow and the characters were not likable.
Nope. The main character was from the Netherlands and sometimes he had an accent, sometimes he didn't. Really annoying.
The main character.
Well-written narrative, reflecting situations in the lives of immigrants from the UK or its colonies to the US. Using cricket as a metaphor, the author examines the dilemmas faced by immigrants in the land of dreams.
I just finished "The Namesake", just barely making my way through its rather depressing lack of a story line. I read the wonderful reviews of "Netherland" thinking that this would be different. In fact, it is same thing. I couldn't make it through. I usually finish books as a matter of principle, in case I was missing something, but after 8 hours, I couldn't go on.
Kept looking at my ipod to see if the end of the story was near, and wondered how seemingly ordinary events, no matter how deftly described, constitute "great fiction" since this book won many awards last year. The threads of the story -- an ex pat in new york, a relationship gone awry, the cultural diversity of new york, and male friendship are the subject of many books, but the treatment of them in this book is unbelievably pointless and boring. That the book occurs post 9/11 seems to be a device to trick potential readers into reading the book because it seems to have little to do the the plot of the story.
I like books that explore familiar topics with a different twist but I expect the author to make it interesting. What a disappointment.
I never finished this book. It was boring. Maybe if you enjoy cricket you will enjoy the story. sometimes a good narrator will entice me to finish the book but not this time.