The Statesmanreviews Joseph O'Neill's 'Netherland' and draws a parallel to F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby. Referred to as 'a sober and joyful response to Gatsby,' the novel portrays two great love's: the city of New York and the game of cricket. A lover myself of stream of conscious and lyrical verse, I enjoyed the self-reflective and retrospective tone. This post 9/11 novel idle's in purgatory of human condition and the experience of living in New York City, while the characters embrace and connect. Much like my own belief about life, it expresses the importance of the journey and not the destination. It was a quick holiday weekend read.