Amsterdam – Ian McEwan (1998)

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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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