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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
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Read in November, 2009

In its favor, this was compulsively readable, enjoyable in its way, and pretty amusing. The clever plot probably doesn't hold up under any kind of careful scrutiny, though McEwan's writing is skillful enough to paper over some of the more glaring improbabilities.

Booker prizeworthy? I'm not so sure. But then the Booker jury is more or less famous for making odd choices.

I give it three solid stars, but no more. And I think the Dutch have a right to be pissed off about McEwan's imagined denouement.

It's hard to say much more without veering into spoiler territory. An amusing trifle, skillfully executed. A bagatelle. But if you are looking for great literature, move along folks. Nothing to see here.
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