Amsterdam: Book by Ian McEwan

Amsterdam

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ISBN: 9780099272779    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 1999     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 192        Language: English
On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside acrematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linleyand Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before...Read more
On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside acrematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linleyand Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before theyreached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successfulmodern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge.Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers too, notably JulianGarmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be thenext prime minister.

In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive andVernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither hasforeseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendshipwill be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting forhis political life. A contemporary morality tale that is as profound asit is witty, this short novel is perhaps the most purely enjoyablefiction Ian McEwan has ever written. And why Amsterdam? What happensthere to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious shock in a novelbrimming with surprises.
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About the author: Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and eleven previous novels, including 'Enduring Love', 'Amsterdam', for which he won the Booker... Read more
Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and eleven previous novels, including 'Enduring Love', 'Amsterdam', for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, 'Atonement' and 'On Chesil Beach. '
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Review:
The novel twists and turns unexpectedly...McEwan has a master's control over his instrument" -- John Sutherland Sunday Times "Full of gusto, straightforward, and delivers blows to the...Read more
The novel twists and turns unexpectedly...McEwan has a master's control over his instrument" -- John Sutherland Sunday Times "Full of gusto, straightforward, and delivers blows to the gut...shocking" -- A. S. Byatt Literary Review "Amsterdam' is brilliantly engineered and marvellously entertaining" -- David Sexton Evening Standard "A psychologically brilliant study of heartlessness...superbly done...gripping...chilling...finely executed" -- Caroline Moore Sunday Telegraph
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