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Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
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Sep 04, 09

bookshelves: read-2009, 2009-fall-challenge
Read in September, 2009

I'm not sure what all the hype is about this book. While I did find it interesting, especially all the stuff about cricket, I can't help but feel like it was REALLY pretentious. For some reason that's the only word that sticks out in my head to describe. I would read a passage and literally be like, "REALLY?! No one talks like that!" But parts of it were really beautiful.

I also have this thing with books set in NYC. I LOVE the city and would go several times a year if I could, but I can't stand books that are set there sometimes because you just get this feeling that the author assumes you should know all this stuff about it and that you love it as much as he does. Which is, lets say it again folks, pretentious! And a little obnoxious...

It also jumped around all over the place, so I would get into one story line and all the sudden we are back 20 years to the protagionists childhood. Or then all the sudden, he's moved back to London. I was left with a lot of loose ends and wondering how a particular story line ended up.

The good news is that it's short and it sort of has a happy ending.
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