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Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
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Aug 12, 2008

it was ok
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Read in January, 2009

This Booker Award nominee has all the makings of a favorite book for me-- a lonely man searching for his purpose in life. I love understated, quiet novels that force readers to look at everyday happenings and interactions in a different way. And this book started off lovely with passages like this:

Some people have no difficulty in identifying with their younger incarnations: Rachel, for example, will refer to episodes from her childhood or college days as if they'd happened to her that very morning. I, however, seem given to self-estrangement. I find it hard to muster oneness with those former selves whose accidents and endeavors have shaped who I am now.

But it sharply veered off course. There is a fine line between subtle and dull. I'm not sure why but this one crossed the line into dull. I found very little insight from the life of Hans and his relationships. What I felt was pity. And who wants to feel pity for 250+ pages?
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Kathy McC Have this on my list as well. Hope to get to it before it's old news. oxox

Kathy McC I feel validated. Thanks, Kristen! oxoxoxo

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Kim Read "Stoner" instead

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