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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph O'Neill Narrator: Jefferson May Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, Hans - a banker originally from the Netherlands - finds himself marooned among the strange occupants of the Chelsea Hotel after his English wife and son return to London.

Alone and un-tethered, feeling lost in the country he had come to regard as home, Hans stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. Ramkissoon, a Gatsby-like figure who is part idealist and part operator, introduces Hans to an other New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality. Hans is alternately seduced and instructed by Chuck's particular brand of naiveté and chutzpah - by his ability to a hold fast to a sense of American and human possibility in which Hans has come to lose faith.

Netherland gives us both a flawlessly drawn picture of a little-known New York and a story of much larger, and brilliantly achieved ambition: the grand strangeness and fading promise of 21st century America from an outsider's vantage point, and the complicated relationship between the American dream and the particular dreamers. Most immediately, though, it is the story of one man - of a marriage foundering and recuperating in its mystery and ordinariness, of the shallows and depths of male friendship, of mourning and memory.

Joseph O'Neill's prose, in its conscientiousness and beauty, involves us utterly in the struggle for meaning that governs any single life. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Johann | 2/3/2014

    " This book had a very slow start for me. I enjoyed the last third. All in all, it never came together for me. This book received rave reviews in literary circles, however, it was not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shom Biswas | 1/29/2014

    " This is incredible. This book tells me, more than anything, that I am relevant. Best book I read this year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nan Moorman | 1/16/2014

    " I found it to be somewhat difficult to read and rather confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew Gaughan | 12/29/2013

    " This book is excellent; interesting, thoughtful, reflective, meandering. It's not really that much of a book about cricket, more about using sport or culture as a way of trying to stabilize one's identity, especially when it's so easy to lose one's identity in a shapeless, changing, migratory world. "

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