Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

33%

6 Critic Reviews

McEwan manipulates the plot to achieve a less than credible symmetry, it is obvious that, despite the Booker recognition, this is far from McEwan's best novel
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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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About Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including the novels The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize, and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award, as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He has also written screenplays, plays, television scripts, a children's book, and the libretto for an oratorio. He lives in London.
 
Published March 25, 2010 by Anchor. 210 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Amsterdam
All: 6 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Nov 15 1998

And so things progress via trick, counter-trick, and backfire, in a novelistic try for a big ending that just gets littler instead. Middle-brow fiction British style, strong on the surface, vapid at the center.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by William Pritchard on Dec 27 1998

''Amsterdam'' is a well-oiled machine, and McEwan's pleasure in time-shifting, presenting events out of their temporal order... is everywhere evident.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Dec 06 2011

Sentence by sentence he is a fine craftsman. Even in a book as awful as Amsterdam there are moments of pleasure

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Nov 30 1998

McEwan manipulates the plot to achieve a less than credible symmetry, it is obvious that, despite the Booker recognition, this is far from McEwan's best novel

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The Bookbag

Below average
Reviewed by Jill Murphy

It's clever, it's ironic, it's satirical but it's just not engaging enough...reading Amsterdam was like reading a pyrotechnic exercise in writing talent but one that lacked heart, even a McEwan black heart

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Literary Tourist

Below average
Reviewed by Nigel Beale on Nov 16 2007

Although attention has clearly been paid to sentence and story, the book is a disappointment. It lacks meat, ambition;

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