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Amsterdam 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.


10 thoughts on “Amsterdam

  1. says:

    Amsterdam by Ian McEwanIs it just me or do other people shy away from books that look a little too intellectual for them I read because I enjoy it I am at an age where I don t need to read to impress I like a good book and I hate a bad book and will read anything that interests me I am shallow enough to pick a book up because I like the picture on the front or I like the title I occasionally read books that others have recommended but I have to know what the other person likes Too oft Amsterdam by Ian McEwanIs it just me or do other people shy away from books that look a little too intellectual for them I read because I enjoy it I am at an age where I don t need to read to impress I like a good book and I hate a bad book and will read anything that interests me I am shallow enough to pick a book up because I like the picture on the front or I like the title I occasionally read books that others have recommended but I have to know what the other person likes Too often I have started books that ...


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    A novel about moral dilemmas From the title, the main theme is assisted suicide, legal in the Netherlands Not only that, but suppose your lifetime best buddy asks you to pledge that you will accompany him to Amsterdam if he becomes incapacitated The book opens with this theme at the funeral of a beautiful woman, 46 years old She had been a lover or wife of four of the main male characters in the book She died incapacitated from a debilitating disease Her slimy husband took care of her and A novel about moral dilemmas From the title, the main theme is assisted suicide, legal in the Netherlands Not only that, but suppose your lifetime best buddy asks you to pledge that you will accompany him to Amsterdam if he becomes incapacitated The book opens with this theme at the funeral of a beautiful woman, 46 years old She had been a lover or wife of four of the main male characters in the book She died incapacitated from a debilitating disease Her slimy husband took care of her and barred all visitors from her bedside.And how about moral dilemmas that grow out of freedom of the press For a book published i...


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    This sly little dark comedy an unusual Booker Prize winner examines aging and ethics in turn of the millennium London.A woman s death irrevocably changes the lives of three of her former lovers a composer, a newspaper editor and a politician, each one staring down middle age and mortality with varying degrees of acceptance and equanimity.McEwan s prose is impeccable, and he s clearly done his research His depiction of the newspaper world, in which editors are under the gun to get that scoo This sly little dark comedy an unusual Booker Prize winner examines aging and ethics in turn of the millennium London.A woman s death irrevocably changes the lives of three of her former lovers a composer, a newspaper editor and a politician, each one staring down middle age and mortality with varying degrees of acceptance and equanimity.McEwan s prose is impeccable, and he s clearly done his research His depiction of the newspaper world, in which editors are under the gun to get that scoop and increase circulation especially among a younger demographic , is dead on If the book were published today they d be worried about getting clicks, views and increasing their social media presence He also gets deep into the smug, narcissistic mind of a celebrated composer who s...


  4. says:

    This book made me want to scream On finishing it, I literally threw it against the wall in anger.This is my third McEwan, all read in a row I truly adored this book while reading it, I saw it becoming his masterpiece It was going to be a 5 star read He writes simply, but the register of feelings is not simple in the least, his delicate probings into human neurosis is, while rest...


  5. says:

    This was a brilliant read, the second Ian McEwan novel I have read I am tantalised by his dexterity as a writer, his ability to write in a completely different style from that employed in Atonement This was utterly gripping I read this as I am going to be leading discussion on this in the book group I lead at my former school, with sixth ...


  6. says:

    A clear exercise on brevity, this is exactly what I mean when I say that contempo writers are cutting corners by telling their story with as little words, adornments, as possible, albeit establishing asubstantial umph at the novel s conclusion The writer of Amsterdam used the same exact model to write a later book an unsuccessful meditation on being filthy rich in modern London in Saturday, an overall truly horrendous ordeal, On Chesil Beach , a work of repressiontotally b A clear exerci...


  7. says:

    Starting with the exceedingly delightful and clever Nutshell, followed by the unequivocal work of perfection that is On Chesil Beach, this is the third Ian McEwan book I ve gobbled up in a matter of weeks This is also the 1998 winner of the Booker Prize.I was hopeful that this would be the third in a sequence of ascending steps, each one that muchfine, each one defying writerly logicthan the one preceding it But alas.This Booker winner, while still full of writing that brings one t Starting with the exceedingly delightful and clever Nutshell, followed by the unequivocal work of perfection that is On Chesil Beach, this is the third Ian McEwan book I ve gobbled up in a matter of weeks This is also the 1998 winner of the Booker Prize.I was hopeful that this would be the third in a sequence of ascending steps, each one that muchfine, each one defying writerly logicthan the one preceding it But alas.This Booker winne...


  8. says:

    I m tired of the super twist endings and the ponderous philosophical musings on guilt and morality I m tired of successful, monied people in nicely renovated townhouses feeling sorry for themselves Maybe I don t get Ian McEwan I m okay with that But I m not going to read another one of these.


  9. says:

    About a month ago, I was introduced to Ian McEwan through his novel Atonement I nearly consumed the damn thing, chewed its corners to bits and pieces, scribbled messy notes all over its pages I was starved forof his writing, and I ordered On Chesil Beach, post haste.On Chesil Beach is FABULOUS Truly So fabulous, in fact, that I was worried my husband might become annoyed at my new feelings for an actual LIVING writer You see, he agreed to all of my dead literary lovers, those who were About a month ago, I was introduced to Ian McEwan through his novel Atonement I nearly consumed the damn thing, chewed its corners to bits and pieces, scribbled messy notes all over its pages I was starved forof his writing, and I ordered On Chesil Beach, post haste.On Chesil Beach is FABULOUS Truly So fabulous, in fact, that I was worried my husband might become annoyed at my new feelings for an actua...


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    There really wasn t much else to do Make something, and dieIan McEwan, AmsterdamIt won the Booker, but wasn t my favorite Ian McEwan Similar to The Children Act in its use of classical music one of the main characters is a classical composer , it is almost too clean, too moralizing, too easily tied up But really, those are my only major complaints I found it fascinating at parts and love love love it when Ian McEwan writes fiction about composing or music There are a few writers I veThere really wasn t much else to do Make something, and dieIan McEwan, AmsterdamIt won the Booker, but wasn t my favorite Ian McEwan Similar to The Children Act in its use of classical music one of the main characters is a classical comp...


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