Magazine August 13, 2018, Issue

No Trouble at All

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Good Trouble, by Joseph O’Neill (Penguin Random House, 176 pp., $22)

Ten years ago, Joseph O’Neill published a novel that everyone made sure to compare to The Great Gatsby. It’s not that the connection wasn’t there. Netherland’s narrator, an expatriate Dutch banker adrift in just-post-9/11 New York City, befriends a shady Indo-Trinidadian immigrant. They bond over cricket. The immigrant, a dreamer and schemer named Khamraj “Chuck” Ramkissoon, winds up dead in the Gowanus Canal. So far, so Gatsby. But the book’s enchanting power lay in how unlike Gatsbyin how unlike anything elseit really was. It granted the reader entrée into an alien milieu, not only of cricket

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