by Ian McEwan
completed April 2010
The book begins at the funeral of Molly Lane and follows the story of two of her ex-lovers. Vernon is the editor of a high profile, yet struggling newspaper, and Clive is a prominent composer. Vernon and Clive were long-time friends and Molly's death has caused them to reflect on their own mortality.
I don't quite know what to say about this book. I had high expectations for Amsterdam having read Atonement and LOVED it. I know it's unfair to compare, but after reading Atonement I thought about it for days, yet when I finished Amsterdam, I was apathetic. It was well-written, but half-way through, I stopped caring about the characters. They were selfish, egotistical, and disloyal. The ending was disturbing and seemed unrealistic to me.
I know there are many people who love this book; it just wasn't for me. If you enjoy Ian McEwan's writing and are willing to look past unlikable characters, it might be worth a try.
I chose this book for the Take Another Chance Challenge as a prize winner book. Amsterdam won the Booker Prize in 1998.