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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
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Aug 06, 11

bookshelves: booker-winners-and-nominees, 1001-books, murder, anti-hero-es, music, twist-n-shout, london
Read from August 03 to 05, 2011

I needed something starting with A to read for the A to Z book challenge and this has been sitting on my shelf since I went through a frenzy of buying booker shortlisted novels several years ago, back when I was still keen to impress myself and fellow commuters with my reading choices.

The books starts with a funeral of Molly Lane, a member of that happy breed of fabulous women who has a horde of ex and current lovers with all of whom she remains friends. We never learn much else about her but she is not important, since she is merely a plot device and the people who matter are the three ex-lovers who attend her funeral. Every single one of them is a self-absorbed, self-aggrandising selfish snob and they set on their course towards a resolution which is both hilarious and tragic.

I was surprised, because I enjoyed this quite a lot more than I thought I would. I settled on three stars but it's somewhere in between three and four. I didn't expect it to be funny yet it was. Not in an obvious laugh out loud kind of way but the more I think about it the funnier it is. It's a great example of an enjoyable read about despicable people and it's under 200 pages long.
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08/04/2011 page 66
34.0% ""In his corner of West London, and in his self-preoccupied daily round, it was easy for Clive to think of civilization as the sum of all the arts, along with design, cuisine, good wine, and the like. But now it appeared that this was what it really was—square miles of meagre modern houses whose principal purpose was the support of TV aerials and dishes..." Snob"
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Shovelmonkey1 I like the idea of you parading your glitterati of literati reading choices in front of your fellow commuters. The people I commute with tend to look too obtuse and generally have their noses buried in the Metro (green room and guilty pleasures pages only)


Gloria Mundi Oh but the more obtuse the herd, the more superior you feel!


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