Complete 2 page APA formatted essay: Review of the Novel Netherland by Joseph o’neill.
His marital life is placed on hold when his wife Rachel, an English barrister is seriously incensed by the president’s bush government hawkish response to the bomb attack. She and their young son Jake flee back to London.
Hans is left alone in unmoored and least suitable surroundings. This is what he narrates most about trapped in a suspended animation, adrift, letting do. Luckily he befriends a forceful Trinidadian, Chuck, who umpires cricket games of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent, England and the Caribbean (Wilson 218). The teams meet weekly in a scrubby pitch of Park of Stalen Island. The old umpire’s dream is to establish cricket to be American sport and at the same time to get rich. The old man’s dream is hampered in Chuck’s violent death, which Hans get informed about just as he is getting his family life back in London.
Although Netherland has been publicized as a September 11th novel, and Hans being likened with Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, fiction’s greatest American Dreamer, it amazes by his resemblance with Richard Ford a sports writer who is adrift and in great mourning for his family life. Netherland is a work that covers the tidal swing of grief through a man whose ambition is just to stay afloat (Wilson 222). It is a novel that is full of outstanding descriptive passage that poses a high, almost hallucinating brilliance. There is one vital part that Han touches on the confusion of emotions that caught him after his mother died and admits that this is time that precipitated his retreat into distractedness.
Netherland is then a book about cost of leaving. All of the main characters have left their homelands to try to become Americans by or, for instance, Chucks case, by crook. Hans starts to find himself only after his wife abandons him for London and then he must leave America to go and find her. Ironically, when they meet and settle down in London, the couple becomes more demonstrably pro-American