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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
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Feb 12, 2012

Ian McEwan's Booker prize winning novel successfully defends his "macabre" reputation which he acquired post his two chilling works "The Cement Garden " and "The Comfort of Strangers" .While the former examined the gory effects of trauma on preadolescence and the desperate need felt by the children of the family to maintain the Status-Que;the second opened up a visible,yet oft-denied aspect of man-woman relationships .The third novel alludes to the nation which has legalized euthanasia for quite some time now;where the ending of this book takes place.The plot is threadbare ;three men enamored by the same woman ;who has been their paramour at different points of time .One is a flailing musician ,the other a newspaper editor trying to spruce up the paper-sales by adding something more spicy and less creative and the third a British politician .The three men are all egotistic,self-centered brutes who can't but see beyond themselves for the better part of the book and hold special contempt for the deceased woman's husband.Out of a dark connivance between the two amongst the three ,there are events and consequences which have catastrophic effects on their lives which form the end of the story which takes place in Amsterdam .

This is my first McEwan novel.I laid my hands one of his most famous works;the other two being Atonement and The Comfort of Strangers which have been turned into Hollywood movies ,I expected the author delving deeply into some part of the human psych which he had picked up for nit-picking this time with the gruesome part being that he is doing it with a Kitchen knife this time .The novel examines the dark recesses of a human being's definition of morality and how the same has been subverted to cater to more selfish pandering of the body and mind.


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