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 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 ...
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 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.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. First edition, first printing. Very good hardcover in very good dust jacket. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards and text also very good. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Good; Collectible. First Edition Fifth printing Jan 1999 Price unclipped (US21.00$)New York: N.A. Talese, 1999.193 p.; 20 cm. Unmarked; 100% exact as pictured. Shelf Wear; Used copy Clean HardCover with Dust Jacket; contains sticker residue on DJ; From Private Bookseller collection; Stored in smoke free environment with temperature monitor.100%satisfaction Guarantee, Ships fast; we reply emails 24/7 concerning any issues. We pack every item securely. Main title Amsterdam / Ian McEwan. Published/Created New York: N.A. Talese, 1999. ISBN-10: 0385494238 ISBN-13: 978-0385494236.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. First edition, first printing, hardcover. Black cloth with silver titles on spine. 178 pages. Very good with corners lightly bumped, in a very good dust jacket with light edgewear at corners and WINNER OF THE 1998 BOOKER PRIZE blurb on front panel. Mylar cover on jacket. SIGNED (signature only) by author on title page.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo. 0224051709. A handsome first edition/first printing in unread Fine condition in alike second state dust-wrapper with 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; [viii], 178,  pages.
Very good in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 208 p. Audience: General/trade. A nice copy signed by McEwen on the title page. Many readers and critics think this is one of his finest books.
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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