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August 16, 2015

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Ian Joyce

Netherland is one of my favorite novels. I read it shortly after it was published, when it was described as a "post-9/11 novel." My sense was that it had little to say about the event itself, but used the time and place to examine macro issues – the changing nature of relationships and a growing sense of estrangement from one another, the economy, and the place of outsiders in society.

He tried to take these themes to an extreme in The Dog, which I was anxiously awaiting. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very good book.

Murray Browne

Ian,

You were probably the one who told me about it years ago and I forgot... Another odd thing about the book is that the lag time between buying and reading the book was less than two weeks. Usually I have such a backlog and it can take months and years to get to reading a book. Netherland was a great book though. Thanks for the additional comment.

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