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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
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Mar 13, 12

Read in October, 2007

This book was a departure from my usual reading fare. It's set in a modern times, whereas I usually prefer a historical or fantasy genre. But, it was a nice change. I barely even remembered that I was reading a novel taking place in London. The location wasn't all that important. The events could have occurred almost anywhere. What drove this story was the fascinating story of self-absorption and misguided moral piety the two main characters display. Clive, a prominent composer, and Vernon, a hard-hitting editor of a flagging paper, both come together at the death of Molly, a vivacious, former lover whose sudden illness and death robbed her of her outgoing personality. Upon reflection, both men make a pact to help the other end their life if they ever find themselves in the same position as Molly.

As situations occur, Clive and Vernon find themselves in the midst of tough decisions. By choosing a self-serving agenda, they ultimately destroy themselves and each other.



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