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Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
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Jun 23, 08

Recommended to Beth by: New York Times Book Review
Recommended for: Everyone

Netherland received much pre-release praise and deservedly. If Netherland is not a masterpiece, and I certainly am not saying it is not, then Joseph O'Neill is at the very least a masterful writer. Reading this book is like being taken on a treasure hunt through New York; London; The Netherlands; the game of Cricket; and mostly, love, loneliness, and loss. Drift along O'Neill's stream of consciousness and you'll be treated to gems of glittering prose, deep psychological understanding, and philosophical insight that speaks to us in our 21st century condition in a way that I have not encountered before. Literate, witty, moving, compulsively readable; this is a book to savor rather than devour. The pain one has had to go through to recognize the veracity of his portrayal of a day at the D.M.V. is greatly alleviated by that portrayal - it would be humorous if it were not so true. The character of Chuck Ramkissoon still haunts my thoughts. I loved this book.
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Carol Wish I could have stated it as well as you did! I agree it's a masterpiece! One that I won't soon forget.


Beth Carol wrote: "Wish I could have stated it as well as you did! I agree it's a masterpiece! One that I won't soon forget."

Thanks, Carol! I'm so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.


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