Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
(Vintage Contemporaries)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 26 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year 

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek 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. As the two men share their vastly different experiences of contemporary immigrant life in America, an unforgettable portrait emerges of an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Joseph O'Neill

See more books from this Author
Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964 and grew up in Mozambique, South Africa, Iran, Turkey, and Holland. His previous works include the novels This Is the Life and The Breezes and the nonfiction book Blood-Dark Track, a family history centered on the mysterious imprisonment of both his grandfathers during World War II, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly. He lives with his family in New York City.
 
Published May 20, 2008 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Netherland

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Novelist and memoirist O'Neill (Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, 2001, etc.), born in Ireland and raised in Holland, goes for broke in this challenging novel set largely in post-9/11 New York City.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Tony award–winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife ) follows the lead of author O’Neill for his reading of the lauded novel about Dutchman Hans van de

Oct 27 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Hans van den Broek, the Dutch-born narrator of O'Neill's dense, intelligent novel, observes of his friend, Chuck Ramkissoon, a self-mythologizing entrepreneur-gangster, that “he nev

Mar 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Joseph O’Neill’s novel “Netherland” was named the winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation said on Wednesday

Feb 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Joseph O’Neill’s stunning new novel set in post-9/11 New York provides a resonant meditation on the American Dream.

May 16 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Joseph O’Neill’s “Netherland” is the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we’ve yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell.

May 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Although Netherland has been critically acclaimed in America as a 9/11 novel, and Hans compared with Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby, fiction's greatest American dreamer, I was more often struck by its similarity in tone to Richard Ford's The Sportswriter, another narrative about a man adrift and in mo...

May 31 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

In Netherland, O'Neill asks the same question, aiming to use cricket as it's played in New York to reveal fresh permutations of the national story that America tells itself.

Jun 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

During this hiatus in his life, in which he moves into the Chelsea Hotel (O'Neill's residence), he returns to playing cricket and so meets Chuck Ramkissoon, a hustler of Indian-Caribbean descent who is driven by the lofty ambition of building a cricket pitch in Manhattan.

Feb 15 2009 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Hans van den Broek, the narrator of the novel, though, is Dutch, and there is a small but keen number of Dutch cricket players;

Jan 31 2009 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Although Netherland has been critically acclaimed in America as a 9/11 novel, and Hans compared with Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby, fiction's greatest American dreamer, I was more often struck by its similarity in tone to Richard Ford's The Sportswriter, another narrative about a man adrift and in mo...

Jun 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

In Netherland, O'Neill asks the same question, aiming to use cricket as it's played in New York to reveal fresh permutations of the national story that America tells itself.

Jun 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

With summer on its way, let’s curl up with a novel that deals with that great American sport . . . ...

Jun 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

With summer on its way, let’s curl up with a novel that deals with that great American sport .

Jun 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

NPR

See more reviews from this publication

With plenty of nods to The Great Gatsby Joseph O'Neill's Netherland explores dreams and ambition in post-Sept. 11 New York City. Maureen Corrigan calls the novel "marvelous."

Jul 02 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Book Reporter

As the city moves through the seasons during the winter and spring of 2003 and beyond, the narrative alights on tiny moments --- a degrading incident at the DMV, a surprise sprout from a long-forgotten flower bulb, the reawakening of the city's homeless population --- that not only point to a pro...

Jan 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The Bookbag

What captivates is the voice of Hans describing his life, his love for his wife, Rachel and his child, and the gift of friendship with Chuck, who has endless stories to tell, as well as fantasies to dream about.

Jan 02 2015 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

USA Today

Unmoored by the terrorism attack, Hans' wife takes their son back to London while Hans quietly falls apart.

Jan 29 2013 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

About.com Bestsellers

ProsNetherland takes us through despair without despairing.The language is beautifully wrought.There is a complete, if not entirely neat, story.ConsThe book can be a little slow and weighty.Description'Netherland' by Joseph O'Neill was first published in May 2008.Publisher: Knopf272 PagesGuide Re...

| Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Bookmarks Magazine

As Hans narrates his friendship with Chuck, he pans back and forth between his childhood in the Netherlands, his present-day life in London with his reconciled family, and the post-9/11 New York that, through Chuck, offered him a new lease on life.Pantheon.

May 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Lit Lovers

Book ReviewsJoseph O'Neill's stunning new novel, Netherland, provides a resonant meditation on the American Dream…[he] does a magical job of conjuring up the many New Yorks Hans gets to know.

Aug 22 2015 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

The New York Review of Books

All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain, to convince us that down this road the true future of the novel lies.

Nov 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Fiction Writers Review

When Rachel and Hans finally find themselves back together, Hans muses that Rachel, in line with his earlier observations about her connection to her younger selves, saw their “reunion as a continuation.” Hans saw it differently, as two people who had gone their separate ways and had fallen for e...

Oct 18 2008 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

http://www.complete-review.com

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

Aug 22 2015 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Reviews of Books

New Yorker reviewby James Wood.

Aug 22 2015 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

https://www.bookbrowse.com

Search: .

Aug 22 2015 | Read Full Review of Netherland (Vintage Contempor...

Reader Rating for Netherland
58%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 235 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×