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Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries)

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ISBN13: 9780307388773
ISBN10: 0307388778
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Awards

Winner of The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2009

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“A pulsing, profound novel.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Asks enormous questions about cosmic truth—and its effect on those who think they own it—with intensity, intellectual rigor and abiding morality.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Precise and passionate . . . stunning.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Jerusalem: home to seekers, heretics, hustlers, and madmen of many faiths. In this most fractious city, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount.

Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, stumbles upon the plot while investigating religious fanatics. Entangled in the intrigue are a nightclub singer, an unstable Jewish guru, a strung-out Kabbalist seeking the messiah, and a soldier of fortune routinely found at the world’s violent clashes. A confrontation in Gaza, a chase through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze—as Lucas races against time, he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem’s sacred struggle.

An explosive 1998 bestseller,Damascus Gatelays bare the dangers at the fringes of faith.

Synopsis:

The author of "Blood-Dark Track" delivers a mesmerizing novel about a man trying to make his way in an America of shattered hopes and values, and the unlikely occurrences that pull him back into an authentic, passionately engaged life.

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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.

About the Author

Joseph ONeill 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.

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julieb43, December 16, 2009 (view all comments by julieb43)
Although knowing nothing at all about cricket, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing is lyrical, with many vivid descriptions of New York, London, and Holland.

The two main characters, a transplanted Dutchman and a transplanted Trinidadian living in N.Y. are richly drawn and sympathetic. Each has his own failings, yet each strives for something better. The game of cricket is what connects them and becomes a metaphor for an idealized America.

The novel is slim but challenging. There are many descriptions of cricket, which I found acceptable as they invariably led to philosophical musings by the main characters.

I can see the comparisons to The Great Gatsby in that the writing evokes a sense of nostalgia for an America that no longer exists (pre-9/11), as well as the nostalgic reminiscences of childhood. It's also an evocation of an idealized way of life.

Chuck, the Trinidadian, is similar to Jay Gatsby in that he's a dreamer (and an outsider), having grandiose plans for a better America, as he sees it.

The novel almost reads as a memoir, as Hans interweaves his personal memories of growing up in the Netherlands with his present-day life as a transplanted Londoner in New York, and the assorted characters he meets--Chuck being the most vivid.

It's also a meditation on marriage as Hans describes the long road to reuniting with his wife and son as he takes stock of his life in N.Y. and manages to grow up.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307388773
Author:
O'Neill, Joseph
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Stone, Robert
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;cricket;new york;novel;new york city;immigrants;marriage;london;american;literature;21st century;usa;america;contemporary fiction;immigration;contemporary;irish;ireland;2000s;literary fiction;england;family;holland;american fiction;terrorism;brita
Subject:
fiction;cricket;new york;novel;new york city;immigrants;marriage;london;american;literature;21st century;usa;america;immigration;contemporary fiction;ireland;contemporary;irish;family;2000s;literary fiction;england;american fiction;holland;terrorism;brita
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The author of "Blood-Dark Track" delivers a mesmerizing novel about a man trying to make his way in an America of shattered hopes and values, and the unlikely occurrences that pull him back into an authentic, passionately engaged life.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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