New Meetup: Netherland: A Novel by Joseph O'N eill

From: Calvin R.
Sent on: Friday, December 17, 2010 9:47 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: Netherland: A Novel by Joseph O'N eill

When: Wednesday, January 26,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Market Avenue Wine Bar
2526 Market Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
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I may change the date in early January, but basically I just wanted to get this up to give people plenty of time to obtain it and read it.

Netherland (2008) is a critically acclaimed novel by Joseph O'Neill. It concerns the life of a Dutchman living in New York in the wake of the September 11 attacks who takes up cricket and starts playing at the Staten Island Cricket Club.

For while the protagonist, Hans van den Broek, chooses cricket as his refuge, there's a lot more going on here than the "gentleman of sport". Hans is an immigrant?Dutch-born but educated in Britain and now residing in Manhattan, with his wife and young son. He's desperate to fit in and goes through the whole rigmarole of gaining his US drivers' license, if only to become that little bit more embedded in the culture. Connecting with people who play cricket in New York is yet another way he can "connect", albeit with an immigrant underclass. And, tellingly, the one man with whom he forges a tentative friendship, Chuck Ramkissoon, winds up being pulled out of a New York canal with his hands tied behind his back.

Netherland was published in May 2008 and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review where Dwight Garner (NYTBR senior editor) called it "the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we?ve yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell". Later that year, the book was included in the prestigious New York Times Book Review list of "10 Best Books of 2008" as chosen by the paper's editors.

James Wood, writing in the New Yorker, called it "one of the most remarkable postcolonial books I have ever read". He wrote that it has been "consistently misread as a 9/11 novel, which stints what is most remarkable about it: that it is a postcolonial re-writing of The Great Gatsby." In an interview with the author published at the end of the Harper Perennial paperback edition, Joseph O'Neill remarks, "Clearly Netherland is having some sort of conversation with The Great Gatsby?saying goodbye to it perhaps, and to some of the notions associated with that wonderful book."

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