I don't remember that description, MaKettle. A bit of hyperbole in an otherwise interesting book wouldn't have put me off, tbh.
It depends on what you like, I guess. I am not a fan of "feeeelingggs" type of girly books, but enjoy a more analytical style. This guy's observations about stuff around him (especially re car parks, iirc) reminded me of J G Ballard's style. It wasn't the story that hooked me, in other words, but the "voice" of the narrator.
Cote, I started Netherland and couldn't get past the description very early in of his wife vomiting with fright at the noise of a motorbike in the street below. Srsly? Vomiting with fright? (Awaits hoardes of people recounting the times they have done this very thing...)
We've just done The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Never in a million years would I have picked this up but it was fascinating and I've since recommended it to loads of friends. My DH really enjoyed it too.