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Amsterdam (Paperback)

Author:  Ian McEwan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385494246
ISBN-13: 9780385494243
Sku: 30522839
Publish Date: 12/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  208
Age Range:  NA
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Meeting outside a crematorium to honor the recently deceased woman who had been their lover, composer Clive Linley and newspaper editor Vernon Halliday make a pact that will have long-lasting political implications. Reprint. *Author: McEwan, Ian *Publication Date: 1999/12/01 *Number of Pages: 193 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75
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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 is Britain's most successful modern composer; Vernon is 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 that 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. A wickedly sharp contemporary morality fable, 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).
Molly, the wife of a publisher, sinks swiftly and unexpectedly into madness and death. Two of her ex-lovers meet at her funeral. One is a famous composer working on his chef d'oeuvre, the other is an editor who has just realized he'll do anything to increase circulation at his newspaper. The two of them, horrified by what has happened, swear that they will help each other die if such a fate ever befalls them. Then each is faced with a moral crisis--a situation that involves yet another of Molly's old flames. In the course of the plot, their true natures are revealed, and the dénouement, set in Amsterdam, is both farcical and fitting. McEwan's seventh novel was the winner of the Booker Prize in 1998.
Author Bio
Ian McEwan
Ian Russell McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, a military town in southern England. He had two much older half-siblings and considered himself an only child. An "army brat," he spent his childhood in Singapore and North Africa where his father was stationed, but returned to England to go to boarding school and the University of Sussex. He got an M.A. at the University of East Anglia, where in his creative writing courses Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson encouraged him to be a writer. His first marriage ended in 1995 (and his wife, Penny Allen, made McEwan notorious when, after she kidnapped one of their two sons and fled to France, their custody dispute--which McEwan won--became public). He married journalist Annalena McAfee in 1997. One of McEwan's favorite writers was Kafka; he also counts Evelyn Waugh as an influence, and the biologist E. O. Wilson. McEwan is celebrated for his macabre, grotesque, and occasionally kinky fiction. His novel AMSTERDAM won the Booker Prize in 1998, and several of his works have been made into films.


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"[A] dark tour de force, a morality fable, disguised as a psychological thriller. A chilling little horror story, easily read in one enjoyable gulp....Though there's a faint satiric edge to McEwan's portraits, he uses his psychological insight, as he's done so often before, to create sympathy for some decidedly unsavory people. Indeed, we find ourselves rooting for Clive and Vernon, even as it becomes clear that both of them...are conniving opportunists, willing to use virtually any means necessary to achieve their ends." - Michiko Kakutani 12/01/1998

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