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Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
Amsterdam
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On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain's most successful modern... show more
On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain's most successful modern composer, and Vernon is editor of the newspaper The Judge. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers, too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister.In the days that follow Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with consequences that neither could have foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits, and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A sharp contemporary morality tale, cleverly disguised as a comic novel, Amsterdam is "as sheerly enjoyable a book as one is likely to pick up this year" (The Washington Post Book World).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385494243 (0385494246)
ASIN: 385494246
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 193
Edition language: English
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Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
3.5 Amsterdam
I love Ian McEwan's writing. Even those books that are very uncomfortable—say, The Cement Garden or On Chesil Beach—are just so well done. And Amsterdam is no exception. The character development of long-time friends Clive and Vernon is so strong. Clive the composer, with perfect pitch and a major...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for!
Reading this, I was reminded of P. F. Sloan’s song, Eve of Destruction, for that was the outlook of Vernon Halliday, editor of a failing newspaper, The Judge, charged with the responsibility of bringing the tabloid out of its growing place of obscurity. The book begins with Vernon and his friend Cli...
Hellen
Hellen rated it
Having read Saturday only a month ago, I started this book thinking "oh no, here we go again...". Then it picked up. And then it was enjoyable. The way composing, the occupation of one of the main characters, was described (well-researched, I presume) was much more enjoyable and believable than the ...
She Reads Everything
She Reads Everything rated it
3.0 Amsterdam: A Novel
This is an account of two men, former friends, brought together by a funeral. They each make a horrific moral decision in the ensuing weeks, yet defend their choices while condemning the other. I didn't like either of the characters, and it wasn't until the end of the book I realized the author inte...
Paperback Castles
Paperback Castles rated it
4.0
"Amsterdam" by Ian McEwan is an intricate tale of a complex friendship based on a shared love, which spins fatally out of control. The novel explores the malicious and bittersweet irony of life - and the morale seems to be that nothing ever goes as planned.I was not surprised at how dark, and even m...
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