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Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/5/7

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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.


“Fascinating.... A wonderful book." —President Obama, interviewed by Jon Meacham in Newsweek (May 25, 2009 issue)


“Stunning . . . with echoes of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald's masterpiece . . . a resonant meditation on the American Dream.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


“Exquisitely written. . . . A large fictional achievement, and one of the most remarkable post-colonial books I have ever read. . . . Netherland has a deep human wisdom.” —James Wood, The New Yorker


“I devoured it in three thirsty gulps, gulps that satisfied a craving I didn't know I had. . . . It has more life inside it than ten very good novels.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review


“Elegant.... Always sensitive and intelligent, Netherland tells the fragmented story of a man in exile—from home, family and, most poignantly, from himself.” —Washington Post Book World


“Suspenseful, artful, psychologically pitch-perfect, and a wonderful read.... Joseph O'Neill has managed to paint the most famous city in the world, and the most familiar concept in the world (love) in an entirely new way” Jonathan Safran Foer author of Everything is Illuminated 


“Haunting.... O’Neill’s elegant prose makes for a striking read.” —Entertainment Weekly


“A beautifully written meditation on despair, loss, and exile.” —USA Today


“Remarkable.... Note-perfect.” —Vogue


“Outstanding.... A coming-of-middle-age tale.” —Newsweek


“O’Neill’s writing is unendingly beautiful.” —The Los Angeles Times


“Brilliant.... A post–9/11 novel that takes us closer to understanding the emotional wreckage.” —GQ


“Provocative, luminous.... A fine, darkly glowing novel.” —The Boston Globe


"A dense, intelligent novel... O'Neill offers an outsider's view of New York bursting with wisdom, authenticity, and a sobering jolt of realism." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)


"O'Neill writes a prose of Banvillean grace and beauty, shimmering with truthfulness, as poised as it is unsettling. He is a master of the long sentence, of the half-missed moment, of the strange archaeology of the troubled marriage. Many have tried to write a great American novel. Joseph O'Neill has succeeded." Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea


"Somewhere between the towns of Saul Bellow and Ian McEwan, O'Neill has pitched his miraculous tent. Netherland is a novel about provisionality, marginality; its registers are many, one of the most potent being its extremely grown-up nostalgia. The dominant sense is of aftermath, things flying off under the impulse of an unwanted explosion, and the human voice calling everything back." Sebastian Barry, author of A Long Long Way



  • ペーパーバック: 272ページ
  • 出版社: Vintage; Reprint版 (2009/5/7)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0307388778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307388773
  • 発売日: 2009/5/7
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Substance and Structure 2009/7/7
投稿者 Gary Severance - (Amazon.com)
Netherland is a novel about substance and structure, foundations and constructions of memory, current events, and imagination. O'Neill's characters search their memories for lost time and find applications of essential sources of courage when the security of their personal lives and general social stability disintegrate. The events of 911 brought down the Twin Towers, but the characters find that the substance of life is in the netherland, the area below and beneath the public parts of their personalities. It is in this nether region that the fountainhead of life exists. It is largely obscured by the pseudo-structure of unreflective, habitual daily activities. With the courage of imagination, the characters tap into this area and apply the skills and emotions of the past to help them in the apparent current collapse of reason. The game of cricket provides a metaphor for understanding the integration of substance and structure in the characters' personalities. The reader can imagine the beautiful grass fields cut in patterns with carefully marked boundaries. The pitch is the center of action bounded by wickets and guarded by umpires, a carefully laid out rectangle of packed earth with very short grass compared to the wider field. Rules of bowling, batting, and fielding are strict and complex. For the narrator Hans, cricket dominates many of his childhood memories in the Netherlands. Of course there is the beautiful structure of the game, with vivid memories of sights, sounds, scents, and feel of the bat in his hands and the turf under his feet. It is the substance of his memories that emerges to help him rebuild his life and appreciate the recovery of people from the disasters of the turn of this Century. Cricket in his mind is all about doing the right thing; not looping the ball with a broad swing but rather using the unique contours of the field to ground the ball past the outfielders. Hans remembers and ressurects his own way of batting, of following the rules of cricket within the contours of the game. But more importantly, he remembers his fundamental identity with the game related to his hard won skill, understanding what is morally important, and the enduring personal idea of the combination of structure and function in the game of cricket. The individual's foundation of personality is the source of stability even when the social and physical world falls apart and long term personal habits must be changed.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 A significant work 2008/12/1
投稿者 Lauren B. Davis - (Amazon.com)
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A significant work about an emotionally bleak post-9/11 that is at once invigorating and reflective. The great tragedy of that day is a shadow that falls over the characters and the events, but it wisely never takes over the novel. This is a reasonably suspenseful, well-paced book,even with some rather long-winded explanations of cricket, which I found myself skimming after a while. (O'Neill, is the author of an acclaimed memoir and a member of the Staten Island Cricket Club, and like a reviewer from the Guardian I couldn't help but wonder occasionally if he shouldn't have written a memoir-essay on New York cricket.) The writing is slightly self-aware at times, and some of the undeniably lovely lyric passages don't feel completely credible to the 1st person narrator. Still, many of the psychological aspects are piercingly sharp and the writing is both honest and subtle, although the main character, Hans, is ultimately less interesting, and more thinly-drawn than the novel's foil, Chuck, a Trinidadian self-made (and highly shady) business man who, we learn early on, has been murdered. Quibbles aside, O'Neill is a great observer of the human condition, and his descriptions of the occupants of the Chelsea Hotel alone are worth the effort.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Discovering the Geography of a Heart 2016/9/11
投稿者 Patricia Kranish - (Amazon.com)
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This book sneaks up on you. Whether you know the Netherland he inhabits (I know every inch of it) or you've never been out of your own backyard, the book builds in much the way a human being grows to know herself, slow but deep.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Interesting Characters, Exquisite Writing 2009/8/29
投稿者 C. R. McRae, PhD - (Amazon.com)
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The story is told in flashbacks and in the present through the eyes of the main character, a wealthy Dutch financial expert who lives with his wife and child mostly in NYC but also in London from time to time. It is difficult to say precisely what the book is about, except for encounters between the protagonist and an array of fascinating characters with their own urban (and occasionally not so urban)adventures to relate. Ostensibly, the crux of the tale is the reaction of people, especially those living in NYC, to the 9/11 attacks, yet that event is rarely mentioned or even alluded to except indirectly. It is also about the troubles in the main character's marriage. Most of the novel focuses, however, on his primary interest: cricket. The author, a brilliant stylist, manages to make a sport, famously longwinded and incomprehensible to most, fascinating to the reader--because of the characters that the protagonist meets while pursuing his lifelong relation with cricket. The novel is not an action/adventure tale by any means, but the reader's interest never flags. Mr. O'Neill has written an excellent and engaging novel.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Beautiful but understated, rather like cricket 2008/6/30
投稿者 Andrew Paxman - (Amazon.com)
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Hans van den Broek is a pleasant chap: observant, often witty, cricket-loving, and kind to the strangest of strangers. This characterization of the narrator, along with some beautiful and perceptive prose, is what gives Netherland its special appeal, for this is a retrospective novel of sparse drama and little suspense. Another attraction is the unusual milieu: the New York cricket scene, and its largely South Asian and West Indian membership. A second milieu, the famously offbeat Chelsea Hotel, is a tad predictable as an urban microcosm (as is the amiable eccentricity of its inhabitants) but O'Neill refreshes the device with gentle humor. Passages set in Holland and London add further cosmopolitanism, quite fitting to this story of global migrants.

Chuck Ramkissoon, Hans's driven and ethically suspect friend, is a Trinidadian Gatsby for our times, a self-centered dreamer with a shady fortune who still inspires affection and loyalty. And there's much of Nick Carraway about Hans: a level-headed outsider both drawn to and wary of his exotic friend, a capable man who makes a decent living in the city but opts to follow his heart and leave. Where Netherland differs most from Gatsby is in its embrace of New York. This is a "post-9/11 novel," or so Michiko Kakutani described it in the New York Times. While there's some discussion of the malaise that followed the attacks - the strain threatens to scupper Hans' marriage to Rachel (a smart but shrill Brit) - O'Neill is more interested in celebrating New York's endless power to create possibility for new generations of immigrants. NYC is a vortex of enthusiasm, and though Hans is rather unhappy there, he warms to its energizing, regenerating effect on others.

Without overdoing it, O'Neill peppers his tale with arresting imagery. The Staten Island cricket field where Hans plays is surrounded by houses with elaborate gardens. "For as long as anyone can remember, the local residents have tolerated the occasional crash of a cricket ball, arriving like a gigantic meteoritic cranberry, into their flowering shrubbery." O'Neill does a fine job of explaining cricket to the American majority without boring the initiated.

The story has a meandering structure, switching back and forth in time, a fractured chronology that encourages connections and contrasts. But it's overdone. It's self-consciously literary. The main effect is to de-emphasize drama and keep the focus on observation, yet O'Neill could have struck a better balance between action and thought. We have the makings of a much more emotionally compelling story - What will happen to Chuck and his dream of a first-class Brooklyn cricket ground? What will happen to Hans and Rachel's marriage? - but these outcomes are revealed within the first two pages. Rather like a five-day game of cricket between teams unafraid of a draw, the novel is an exercise in understatement, eliciting only moderate emotional investment, mildly pleasurable with occasional flashes of brilliance.

Since critics (NYT, New Yorker) consider Netherland exemplary, it seems to me that Tom Wolfe's complaint of 20 years ago is still valid: modern fiction remains too concerned with literary effect and intellectual contemplation and too little interested in enthralling stories. I'm not arguing for gratuitous pushing of readers' buttons, or for catharsis, but for the kind of alternately unsettling and inspiring storytelling that Wolfe advocated when he called for a return to the spirit of Dickens. The "post-9/11 novel" surely deserves as much.
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