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Amsterdam Kindle Edition – Kindle eBook, 19 January 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 478 ratings

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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). --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


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A dark tour de force, perfectly fashioned. --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

A well-oiled machine. . . . Ruthless and amusing. --The New York Times Book Review

Beautifully spare prose, wicked observation, and dark comic brio. --The Boston Globe

At once far-reaching and tightly self-contained, a fin de siécle phantasmagoria. --New York

Ian McEwan has proven himself to be one of Britain's most distinct voices and one of its most versatile talents. . . . Chilling and darkly comic. --Chicago Tribune

By far his best work to date . . . an energizing tightrope between feeling and lack of feeling, between humanity's capacity to support and save and its equally ubiquitous penchant for detachment and cruelty. --The San Diego Union-Tribune

You won't find a more enjoyable novel . . . masterfully wrought, sure to delight a reader with even half a sense of humor. --The Atlant Journal-Constitution

McEwan writes the sort of witty repartee and scathing retort we wished we thought of in the heat of battle. On a broader scale, McEwan's portrayal of the mutually parasitic relationship between politicians and journalists is as damning as it is comic. --The Christian Science Monitor --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00351YF1G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (19 January 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Kindle Edition ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0099272776
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0099272779
  • Customer Reviews:
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Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His other award-winning novels are The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, and Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize.

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