What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts?
Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesn’t see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.
Years later, when a body is pulled out of a New York canal, Hans is forced to remember his unusual friendship with Chuck - dreamer, visionary, and perhaps something darker...
©2010 Joseph O'Neill (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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"I'm reading this book called Netherland by Joseph O'Neill … it's fascinating. It's a wonderful book" (Barack Obama)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Steve Porter on 04-12-14

Aimlessly entertaining.....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd like a bit more plot and a bit less of the quirky, characterful digressions....

Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph O' Neill again?

Possibly.....with different subject matter; his writing flows really nicely.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All the scenes where he's talking with his wife - the dialogue is insightful.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Nope. Not enough plot for me.

Any additional comments?

This is a quirky, rambling read with endless time jumps and digressions into interest and entertaining but ultimately pointless asides. But it is entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rusmat Ahmed on 28-09-14

Wonderful, wonderful New York novel

A most unlikely story - cricket in New York, played by a lonely Dutchman. From such absurd (?), impossible elements O'Neill has crafted a most elegantly put-together tale that I wanted to go on and on.

Confession: not having come across O'Neill as a writer, I spent the first half of the book believing it to be a true story. I spent the second half of the book wishing it was.

The detail (including lengthy details about cricket) and characterisation are simply exquisite!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shom on 18-03-13

Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to Netherland the most enjoyable?

The accents. Through David Thorpe's performance, Hans Chuck, and all these other wonderful, wonderful characters that inhabit this delightful book, come alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Netherland?

Just one? There were so many!
The one with Hans and his mother, where his mother finds him on her bike, next to the river, and they just ride together, side by side on their bikes... wonderful.
I think all the scenes with Hans' mother, and all the ones with his son, are exceptional.
And of course Chuck's ramblings. They are the heart of this novel.

What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accents!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. Some parts need a bit of introspection, maybe even a second listen.

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