What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts?
Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesn’t see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.
Years later, when a body is pulled out of a New York canal, Hans is forced to remember his unusual friendship with Chuck - dreamer, visionary, and perhaps something darker...
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The accents. Through David Thorpe's performance, Hans Chuck, and all these other wonderful, wonderful characters that inhabit this delightful book, come alive.
Just one? There were so many!
The one with Hans and his mother, where his mother finds him on her bike, next to the river, and they just ride together, side by side on their bikes... wonderful.
I think all the scenes with Hans' mother, and all the ones with his son, are exceptional.
And of course Chuck's ramblings. They are the heart of this novel.
Not really. Some parts need a bit of introspection, maybe even a second listen.