Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m struggling to figure out what to say about Netherland. On the one hand, I really enjoyed reading the words. Joseph O’Neill is able to turn a phrase to make even cricket beautiful and interesting to any American philistine. On the other hand, I felt something slightly lacking from the story part of the novel. Ultimately though, the main story (which sometimes felt like a side story to the more exciting saga of Chuck Ramkisoon) of Hans’ relationship with his estranged wife resonated with me. Truth be told, 9/11 affected, and indeed damaged, many people beyond just those who personally knew someone who died on that day. The relationship explored in this novel is a microcosm of all the emotions felt by those people, and I don’t that has been explored nearly enough, in literature or any of the arts. Kudos to O’Neill for braving those subtle, yet turbulent, waters.
Next up is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.