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A rewarding read...,
This review is from: Netherland (Paperback)
A meandering plot, entirely secondary to what is essentially a meditation on memory, friendship, loss and identity. Hans, the central character is reeling from the fallout of the horrific experiences thrust upon those resident in NYC on 9/11 , which leave him emotionally shell-shocked and deeply introspective, a mere spectator to the events in his life unable to participate until he is able to rediscover some meaning to his existence, the novel penetrates and personalises the more nuanced psychological aftereffects of surviving New York's apocalypse in a way I have not come across before.
Containing some beautifully descriptive passages and memorable imagery ('pulmonary rhythm of cricketers in the outfield') and some sharp observation of immigrant communities within the cricketing diaspora in NY that are full of authentic detail (O'Neill has a great ear for capturing the rhythms of the West Indian vernacular), the book is not without it's flaws, women aren't really his forte and at times midway through the book you feel he loses his way slightly, a hazard maybe of writing in such an elliptical style, this is still in many ways a richly rewarding read.