NetherlandBook - 2008
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In the wake of 9/11, Hans van den Brock, a Dutch broker living in Manhattan is abandoned by his wife, Rachel, who also takes their young son with her back to London. As Hans begins to feel lost, and see no direction in life, he stumbles upon a cricket field in Staten Island, where he meets other immigrants, and befriends Chuck Ramkissoon, a charming, larger-than-life Trinidadian businessman who dreams of building a cricket stadium. As Hans tries to reconcile with Rachel, he starts to learn more about his friend, Chuck, and starts to question his goals.
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I am led to consider [. . .] what I might one day transmit to my son to ensure that he does not grow up like his father, which is to say, without warning. I still have no firm idea, not least because I have no firm idea whether my own descent into disorder was referable to an Achilles' heel or whether it's a generally punishable folly to approach life trustingly--carelessly, some might say. All I know is that unhappiness took me unawares.
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