Ian McEwan Booker Prize winning novella Amsterdam is a dark comedy about two men, Clive – a successful composer, and Vernon – the editor of a newspaper, good friends who met through their love affairs with a woman. Opening with her funeral, we see the friend’s undoing themselves in their quest for success. Each with a promise to assist the other if suicide should ever become necessary, their lives spiral quickly from the funeral to their fateful day in Amsterdam. Told from alternating points of view, the reader sees both sides of the disasters that are to come. In the third act, the tone changes and the reader may feel wrong footed, forcing oneself to remember that the book is a farce. 193 pages
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Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
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My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
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