Yikes. Not a good reading day. Don’t tell Catherine. Hopefully she doesn’t read the blog.
A little wrap-up on Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. I liked it but I didn’t love it. Sure, it was the winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, was an early favourite for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, was named one of the 10 best books of 2008 by the New York Times and has echoes of The Great Gatsby, but I just didn’t feel a tremendous connection to the Dutch immigrant experience on the cricket fields of Staten Island in post-9/11 New York. It’s well-written but at the end of this year, assuming I’ve read 60-odd books, I don’t think this one will be especially memorable.