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Netherland
Netherland: A Novel | Joseph O'Neill
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New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearIn 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.
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CarolynM
Netherland: A Novel | Joseph O'Neill
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#12booksof2021 #3rdbookof2021 #March

My only reason for reading this book was to tick off a prompt on the #Booked2021 reading challenge but it turned out to be a little gem - a beautifully written meditation on immigrant identity in post 9/11 NYC. And cricket.
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Andrew65 Love it when that happens. 7mo
Andrew65 Best not mention cricket 🙈 We have a team that can‘t bat for love nor money! Never known a weaker batting line up. 7mo
Leftcoastzen I read it when it first came out , I remember liking it a lot. 7mo
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CarolynM @Andrew65 Oh well, I've been enjoying it 😆 Seriously, though, it's a big ask for the English players given all the circumstances. Anderson bowled beautifully yesterday. 7mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM How he keeps doing it at his age I will never know. Some rank bad decisions - fancy leaving him and Broad both out of the first game. Not that it would matter as Australia are the clear better team, much stronger batting unit. Even without a pandemic batting has become an increasing issue in recent years. Think coach needs to go. 7mo
CarolynM @Andrew65 At the risk of rubbing salt into the wound, England's fielding helped some of those scores. 7mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Yes and absolutely no excuse for that, they are usually a strong fielding team. To be honest never been convinced Joe Root is a good captain, a great batsman but does even then get out too often once he gets over 50. 7mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM Now 46/5, embarrassing! 7mo
CarolynM @Andrew65 It was a good ball that got Stokes 7mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM To be fair it was, been a lot of good balls in the series. 7mo
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CarolynM
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Looking for a book #RelatedTo911 for #Booked2021 I came across an intriguing review for this novel. How could I resist a story that takes in the cricket subculture in New York City? And I'm so glad I didn't resist. It is superbly well written. The passages about the aftermath of the attacks are strikingly evocative and the dual strands of the story were always interesting. I enjoyed all the cricket references too.

JennyM Great find! 1y
TrishB Love it when that happens! 1y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Glad this prompt lead you to a new book 🎉🎉🎉 1y
LeahBergen Wow. This sounds great! 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds like you found yourself a good one 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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CarolynM
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I think they've invented Twenty20

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EmilieGR
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Interesting insight into an unusual immigration story

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LorneGuyland
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Cricket is featured prominently in this book, sports readers!

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Sallyshin
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Sometimes to walk in shaded parts of Manhattan is to be inserted into a Magritte: the street is night while the sky is day.

tkmadden want to read! 7y
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