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
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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