On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a 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 as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge ...
On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a 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 as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge.Gorgeous, feisty Molly had 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 that will have consequences neither has 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.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [viii], 178,  pages. 0224051709. A most handsome first edition/first printing in Fine condition in alike first state dust-wrapper without the Booker Prize shortlist on the front panel. SIGNED by author Ian McEwan directly on the title page; Molly Lane has just died, and her former lovers, Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday, join Molly's husband George and others mourners to pay their last respects. Clive is Britain's most successful modern composer; Vernon is an idealistic newspaper editor; and Julian Garmony is Britain's Foreign Secretary…and another of Molly's former lovers. When George finds incriminating photos of Molly and Julian, he tries to enlist Clive and Vernon in a plan to bring down Julian Garmony.
Fine. 8vo; [viii], 160 pages. 0224051709. A handsome Uncorrected Book Proof of the first edition/first printing in unread Fine condition; McEwan's Booker Prize winning morality tale, cleverly disguised as a comic novel is about Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday who had been Molly Lane's lovers. In the days following Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon make a pact with consequences and disastrous moral decisions and their friendship will be tested to its limits.
Fine in Fine jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed and Inscribed by Author A flawless copy of the author's seventh novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. "Amsterdam" takes place in the claustrophobic world of ruling-class London, except for the final chapter, which happens, if that is the right word, in the eponymous city, one of the most movingly evocative endings in late-20th century British literature. It is the "set-piece" counterpoint to McEwan's equally dazzling opening chapter in "Enduring Love". In both instances, the novel's characters, themes, aura of anguish and terror, and true meaning are woven together seamlessly in prose of breathtaking descriptive power. McEwan is often presented with his contemporaries, Julian Barnes and Martin Amis, as comprising the United Kingdom's reigning trio of best living "native" writers (the others being bunched together as exceptional "immigrant" overachievers). For the crystalline purity and sheer beauty of his style as well as the unmistakable, pitch-perfect "sound" of his writing voice, McEwan is in a class of his own. "McEwan is one of the finest literary storytellers alive. He implants in the memory a living, flaming presence" (The New Republic).
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Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [viii], 178,  pages. 9780224051705. A handsome first Impression of the first edition in unread Fine condition equally unblemished first state dust-wrapper without the Booker Prize shortlist on the front panel; McEwan's Booker Prize winning morality tale, cleverly disguised as a comic novel is about Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday who had been Molly Lane's lovers. In the days following Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon make a pact with consequences and disastrous moral decisions and their friendship will be tested to its limits.
Very good + in very good + jacket. 8vo. 178pp. Signed by Ian McEwan on title page. Head of spine bumped slightly. Dent along bottom edge of back board. Minor edge wear to bottom corners of dust jacket. Small dent along bottom edge of back cover, foot of spine bumped lightly. Ian McEwan's short novel Amsterdam concerns a grim reunion of two old friends who have each had successful careers. They are brought back together over the death of a woman who had been both of their lovers. Their lives slowly begin to unravel as their friendship and loyalty to eachother is tested. Perhapse McEwan's most popular short novel, signed by Ian on the title page. * * * [Please note: additional postage fees may be required for oversized and/or international orders to be shipped.].
Although on the Booker prize shortlist in 1998 this is not a book I would recommend to any of my friends.Was it the clever,complicated plot ,the fact that there were three main subjects with their various problems and very different spheres of activity or that there were only a few parts I could visualize?
Maybe the plot was just too clever and contrived.
However, the chapter where the composer goes to the Lake District for total isolation with no distractions was very graphic and the scene with the champagne glasses was also very descriptive .
The clever and unexpected end was a good twist in the tail.That said, four weeks after reading the book I couldn't remember the plot and had to skim the book to be able to write this review.
Mar 21, 2009
I liked this book, very much. This is the 3rd book I have read by this author, and each one I have liked for different reasons.
Amsterdam, was very funny at times, but also very dark and sinister throughout. It starts off with the death/ and funeral of Molly Lane--and her relationships with her husband George, her friends and ex-lover's , composer Clive Linley and newspaper editor Vernon Halliday. Ian McEwan delves into the importance of marriage & friendships. How narrow minded, people can be. How forgiving others can be, in extrordinary circumstances, how full of themselves some people can be, how some can lose their way and all of their morales. We see how quickly tables can turn. This book has everything from infedeltiy, dirty pictures, to politicians. I found the ending somewhat shocking, but at the same time it became clear why the title was Amsterdam. The ending was brilliant.
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