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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 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 MinisterIn 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:

    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 in 1998 one of the main characters is an amazingly Trump like character who is the British Foreign Secretary right wing, family values, anti immigrant, pro Brexit, anti environment Suppose you are an editor of a British tabloid and you are offered photos of this man posing in drag Is it right to publish them to embarrass him And is it right to make the presumption for all your readers that, of course, this behavior is wrong or perverted or demeaning And what moral responsibility do you have in this scenario you are hiking At a far distance you see a male female couple having a somewhat violent argument grabbing and pushing Do you intervene Maybe it s just a domestic squabble, but maybe it s an attempted rape These are the dilemmas faced by our two main characters, one a nationally known music composer and another the editor of a major London daily The details of their daily work lives are well researched as is a hiking trip to the Lake District It s a good read and held my attention all the way through The moral dilemmas are laid out in conversational style with no pedantry The only beef I have with the book is its melodramatic, highly implausible ending, but I still recommend it.

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    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 people tell me are absolutely brilliant to get halfway through and wonder what the hell I am doing At this point I should mention I hated The Da Vinci Code with a passion however I will defend it with a greater passion You see, the other thing I hate is book snobs People who start off with the line Oh I never read any book on the best seller list they are too populist In an anti snob way I have a tendency to avoid any book that says Winner of the Booker Pulitzer Prize , fool me I worry that the book is going to be full of big words and purple patches sometimes studying English Literature at school can kill any desire to read a literary must read I love my Neil Gaiman Nick Hornby Mil Millington And then I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and enjoyed it It was only afterwards that I noticed the big sticker on the front Winner of the Pulitzer Prize hey, maybe all intellectual books aren t that scary Amsterdam is the winner of The Booker Prize It is a small, dull looking book It tells the story of three men, linked by being ex lovers, and what happens after the love of their lives dies The three men are the greatest living composer , the editor of an intellectual newspaper, the foreign secretary It just sounds dull, dull, dull It sounds like a book that I would pass up reading every single time I finish one book and return to the bookshelf trying to find another book to read.Picked it off the shelf yesterday morning at just past ten, lived a fairly active doing day and yet, before ten at night, I had finished the book I realised, as I closed it, that I had been secretly or not so secretly going back to it at every possible chance sitting on the balcony for a cigarette read waiting for a scan of Dani s drawing to upload read watching the Yorkshire puddings rise in the oven read sit watching Spirited Away with the kids read.A very enjoyable book and not as dull as it pretends to be

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    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 for of 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 already crouched in the corners of our bedroom Cummings, Salinger, Steinbeck, Greene, Hardy, Eliot, White , but he never said okay to any of the living ones.In truth, I had already been picturing myself in a trendy London cafe with Mr McEwan, blowing the steam off of my tea, asking him, in a sultry voice, about his taut prose and his juxtaposition My husband would know it was all for literature for the dying arts , and as long as I didn t bump into Ralph Fiennes or Colin Firth while I was in town, I would remain his, forever.But now my London cafe fantasy has morphed into a vision of me in a Starbucks in Boulder eating a low fat, gluten free scone.Boring Yawn Painful How in the hell did Mr McEwan bring home the Man Booker Prize with this one Ian, I haven t given up on you, but AmsterDAM, sir, what happened here

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    I guess I will have to admit that the ethical questions Ian McEwan raised in this novel focusing on political views, freedom of choice, sexuality and media coverage are highly relevant and contemporary still, and the novel deserves to be read as one of the better McEwans My neverending frustration with him is perfectly illusrated in Amsterdam, though I absolutely hate his endings More often than not they seem constructed, abrupt, somewhat willed.Maybe my relationship to McEwan novels would be enthusiastic if a caring book gnome ripped out the last 10 pages in his entire works As it is, I conclude that

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    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 restrained, almost always and surprisingly on target I think one needs to have a bit of middle age, perhaps, and experience in vicious bureauocratic infighting to fully appreciate how on target McEwn is in parts of this after all, he WAS 50 when he wrote it so why should a 23 year old fully get it until I got to p 161, the last 30 pages of this little book, and suddenly the author who was to win a coveted prize for this book the Man Booker took a plot turn so implausibly ridiculous that one can only say that it was utterly stupid comically stupid or try to argue that, like one of his characters, he deliberately sought to destroy his own masterpiece a rather implausible argument itself.Acht What were you thinking, McEwan

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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 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 trying to finish a grand commission called The Millennium Symphony before a fast approaching deadline I get the feeling McEwan s a serious music lover His writing about music is some of the best I ve read in a contemporary novel And one section in which the musician hikes through the Lake District pokes fun at the tradition of English musicians drawing on nature for their work.Oh yeah, and there s a scandal involving photographs that brings up lots of intriguing moral issues.It took a while for me to grasp the book s tone Perhaps it s a British thing I think there s a longer tradition of satire there think of someone like Evelyn Waugh McEwan s characters here are deeply flawed and unlikeable, and that s fine, but I wanted a bit backstory about them especially in their history with the deceased woman That way we d be able to contrast what they WERE with what they BECAME.Also while the clever plot is carefully set up, and I admire the way McEwan plays with chronology, the result is a tad unsatisfying, especially the conclusion.Then again, think satire dark laughs, chuckling and you ll be fine with the finale.

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  8. 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 form students who are studying Atonement McEwan manages to captivate the attention of readers so forcefully, though the characters are questionable in their morals and attitudes The dry wit, black humour, satire and sparse, sharp prose combine to make this a biting, thrilling read McEwan is a master of writing intricate, compelling twists and powerful denouements, a much better composer than Clive Linley, and unlike Linley, a true artistic genius.

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    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 a substantial 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 boring, in fact But this one, the one which was awarded the Booker Prize , is actually of a fable stretched out to fit the parameters of the novel it could easily be defined as a novella, the length of it being less than 200 pages but with megaprint and because it rings true to the baffling evils of modern politics and the customs of the rich elite, it s successful in striking a note on ethics of some kind in a reader, particularly, I would suppose, with the English But here in the U.S., the story does not usually always belong to the rich pretty much everyone strives for that pesky, muddled label, Middle Class Oh well I grinned at the end of the novel, and for that maestro McEwan deserves commendation The order of enjoyment of books of his that I ve read through the years goes something like this 1 Atonement2 Enduring Love3 The Cement Garden4 Amsterdam5 On Chesil Beach6 The Comfort of Strangers8 The Child in Time7 SaturdayAnd right at the middle is this strange little book which, also like books 2, 5, 6 and 7 even 1, come to think of it describes the rich in all their insulting opulence He also concentrates on the art of creating, probably feeding his own personal and, again, it must be highlighted, ENGLISH ego, his sensitivities toward art.

  10. 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.