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Question: President Obama mentioned in a New York Times Magazine profile that he’s reading Netherland. How do you feel about the President reading your book?
Joseph O'Neill: I'm very honored, of course.Question: How is the world of Netherland particular to the United States after 9/11?
Joseph O'Neill: The story takes place in the aftermath of 9/11. One of the things it does is try to evoke the disorientation and darkness of that time, which we only emerged from with the election of President Obama.Question: What is the importance of the sport of cricket in this book? Do you play?
Joseph O'Neill: I love sport and play cricket and golf myself. Sport is a wonderful way to bring together people who would otherwise have no connection to each other.Question: One of your reviewers calls Netherland an answer to The Great Gatsby. Were you influenced by Fitzgerald’s book, and was your book written with that book in mind?
Joseph O'Neill: Halfway through the book I realized with a slightly sinking feeling that the plot of Netherland was eerily reminiscent of the Gatsby plot: dreamer drowns, bystander remembers. But there are only about 5 plots in existence, so I didn't let it bother me too much. Fitzgerald thankfully steered clear of cricket.Question: Many reviewers have commented on the “voice” of this novel. How it is more a novel of voice than of plot? Do you agree with this?
Joseph O'Neill: Yes, I would agree with that comment. This is not a novel of eventful twists and turns. It is more like a long-form international cricket match (which can last for 5 days without a winner emerging), about nuance and ambiguity and small slippages of insight. And about language, of course.
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The book doesn't really get started until halfway through. The writing is beautiful, but weightier than the characters.Published 20 days ago by Jennifer S. Gurss
Halfway through I considered putting the book down, second half was far better. Overall good book, mainly the post-9/11 NYC commentary.Published 25 days ago by BJT
It's been a while since I read this book, but I recall the plot being about a suburban family moving back the the father's small hometown. It wasn't a page turner for me.Published 4 months ago by J.Jay
The writer takes good care of his readers, introducing them to a sport most Americans know nothing about. Even if you're not a sports fan it's still a very good read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. Robinson
A fine expose of the Chelsea Hotel and the game of Cricket. While I once lived with two blocks of this shabby hotel, I never watched a cricket match in its entirety and likely... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James F. Houle
Loved this story,loved the people and the face of reality and acceptance. Are we not a world of immigrants, no better nor worse than each otherPublished 9 months ago by pearl granat
I appreciate the way Joseph writes more than the story line itself. He has a unique writing style. Many sentences were so artistic and different in their view of the particular... Read morePublished 10 months ago by KT
Never felt anything for the characters. Maybe chuck was intriguing but not enough. Prose was kind of self-indulgent and I skipped groups of words that didn't seem to move the story... Read morePublished 11 months ago by qponman