Amsterdam

by Ian McEwan

Knopf Canada | July 20, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Amsterdam is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 8.
A National and International Bestseller
A Globe and Mail Notable Book of 1998

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 broadsheet The Judge. But gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, the Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger poised to be the next prime minister. What happens in the aftermath of her funeral has a profound and shocking effect on all her lovers' lives, and erupts in the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written.


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Published: July 20, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0307366987

ISBN - 13: 9780307366986

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Truly Butchered Ending. Final Verdict: 4 out of 10. Very slow. Interesting tragic ending, but simply lacked the charisma that the audience knows is Ian McEwan.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointed ... A short & easy read but compared to this author's other works, this story was definitely a let down. I found I wasn't able to connect to either the story or the characters at all and if this book was able to pull of the Booker Prize - then it makes me wonder what criteria they look for when choosing a winner?!? I'd say spend your time & money on something else ...
Date published: 2005-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Booker? Impossible! I read Atonement and was impressed by the high quality of the writing anf the interesting ending. Amsterdam has neither, This bookmwas a poor imitation of Evelyn Waugh. It was a chore to read (even though it read as though it had been written in a weekend). I can not imagine what the criteria is for winning the Booker if this book won it.
Date published: 2004-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Booker? This book won the 1998 Booker prize. When I picked up this book I was expecting a lot – I was expecting something profound, something that would make me ponder life long after I put the book down. I have to say, I was disappointed. The story was simple, entertaining and very clever; but profound it was not. The two main characters in the story are Vernon Halliday, an editor for a struggling newspaper, and Clive Linley, a semi-famous composer on the brink of his life’s masterpiece. Clive and Vernon are old friends even though they have nothing in common besides each being a former lover of the deceased Molly Lane. In the span of the novel, both characters face a major moral dilemma, and in the end, each judges the other for their actions. Perhaps my expectations were unfair, based simply on the Booker seal of approval plastered on the cover. Or perhaps it just didn’t deserve the Booker in the first place.
Date published: 2003-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HampsterDance? "Amsterdam" does bear some resemblence to the "Hampster (sic) Dance" website. It's cute. It's deceptively clever -- actually, very clever, even the title is very clever -- but it's over pretty quick. On the other hand, it will probably stay with you for a long time. There have been many comments about whether this book deserved the Booker. I really don't know how they judge these things, but having just finished "Sacred Hunger" by Barry Unsworth, another Booker winner, I can see that 'sweat' does not count. In any case, I'm glad I read it, but it does have a pretty high price/pleasure ratio.
Date published: 2000-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I can't help but be surprised that this won a Booker since it is actually a very short, simple and, some might (and obviously do) say not very substantial story. Nevertheless, it's a perfect little gem of a novel. Every page, every character, every sequence is simply wonderful. It makes me a newspaper editor, and then a composer, and then in the end it makes me rejoice in being myself. One added charm is the physical book itself -- this edition is on thick paper with large print, with a solid paper cover and is distinctly lacking excessive blathering reviews, bios and other nonsense. I would probably have bought this book just for the way it feels in my hands... what a wonderful bonus that it also feels nice for the brain.
Date published: 2000-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What Happened? This is a case of publicity hype getting the better of me. Although I found the story itself quite original and interesting, the excitement surrounding it prepared me for something much more substantial. I would recommend this book as an enjoyable piece of fiction, but warn those who are attracted to it by the allure of the Booker, be prepared for some disappointment.
Date published: 2000-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amsterdam Probably one of my favourite books of the year. The story is one of love, friendship, tragedy and, above all, dealing with tough moral choices. The two main protagonists, Clive Linley, a composer, and Vernon Halliday, a newspaper editor, are both former lovers of Molly Lane. The novel begins with both men attending Molly's funeral in London. Of course, the novel involves British politicians caught in embarrassing sexual acts (what coverage of British politics would not include a sex scandal?). Well worth the read and very deserving of Britain's 1998 Booker Prize!
Date published: 1999-04-19

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Amsterdam

by Ian McEwan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 20, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307366987

ISBN - 13: 9780307366986

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A National and International Bestseller
A Globe and Mail Notable Book of 1998

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 broadsheet The Judge. But gorgeous, feisty Molly had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, the Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger poised to be the next prime minister. What happens in the aftermath of her funeral has a profound and shocking effect on all her lovers' lives, and erupts in the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written.


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