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Netherland

A Novel

by Joseph O'Neill

Netherland
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  • First Published:
    May 2008, 272 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2009, 272 pages

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A picture of a little-known New York and the grand strangeness and fading promise of 21st century America

Netherland, alas, does not live up to its formidable promise. I was hooked by this novel right away and was rooting for it throughout the first third, as it kept holding out the good stuff on me and deferring the true introduction of the charismatic man at its heart. But it gradually became clear that this novel wasn't ever going to happen, and I finished it with disappointment.

Netherland is about the friendship of two very different men. The first is Hans van der Broek, a straight-laced Dutch banker who marries Rachel, a British woman, and relocates with her to New York City. After the 9/11 attacks uproot them from their Tribeca loft and deposit them in the famed and eccentric Chelsea Hotel, their marriage begins to fall apart. When his wife takes their son back to London, Hans finds himself adrift in the city and removed from his own feelings. A chance ...

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