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Netherland | [Joseph O' Neill]

Netherland

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 doesnt see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.
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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

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"I'm reading this book called Netherland by Joseph O'Neill … it's fascinating. It's a wonderful book" (Barack Obama)

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    Shom Hyderabad, India 03-18-13
    Shom Hyderabad, India 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Netherland the most enjoyable?

    The accents. Through David Thorpe's performance, Hans Chuck, and all these other wonderful, wonderful characters that inhabit this delightful book, come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Netherland?

    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.


    What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. Some parts need a bit of introspection, maybe even a second listen.


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  • Rusmat Ahmed
    9/28/14
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    "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!

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  • William Stewart
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    2/15/14
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    "Unless your a REAL cricket fan.....and even then??"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A very serious cricket person....Perhaps.?


    What was most disappointing about Joseph O' Neill’s story?

    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.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe?

    ?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    For £26.....Its not worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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