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Einfach gehen

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Evan ist Krankenpfleger, und sein Leben ist chaotisch. Seine energiegeladene Mutter hält ihn trotz ihrer Krankheit ordentlich auf Trab. Seine Freunde Lon und Simon, mit denen er soeben eine Dreiecksbeziehung begonnen hat, wünschen sich mehr als nur ein Abenteuer, was ihn ziemlich beunruhigt. Zu alldem kommt noch sein neuer Job: Im Krankenhaus soll er Menschen, die Sterbehi ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Unionsverlag
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Easy for some, maybe, but not so easy for others. Pulling the pin, opting out, offing oneself with Nembutal is dicey enough that you might want someone there to make sure you wake up dead. That’s all very well for you, but, who would you lumber with that?

Steven Amsterdam is not only a good writer, he’s a Melbourne palliative care nurse, which gives Evan’s voice an authenticity others might not manage.

This is not a pro-euthanasia treatise. It’s Evan’s story of growing up wi
Louise Wilson
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evan is a nurse but not one that helps to save lives, his role is to help end lives. He is part of a pilot project which he has to be at the bedside of terminally ill patients, making sure they fully understand what they are doing and handing them their last drink which contains the drug that will end their life.

Evan's personal life has been quite complicated. His father committed suicide when Evan was just a small boy. His mother has just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. As
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This was a really difficult book to read and the subject I felt was over simplified.
I could not connect with the characters.
Not for me.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evan is a nurse, and he knows that he’s a good one – he really does care! However, in his new role, he isn’t saving lives – he’s helping to end them.

Assisted suicide is a huge moral, ethical and emotive subject, and not one that you would think could be the basis for an enjoyable, entertaining, often funny novel – but Steven Amsterdam manages it.

Evan is young, gay and single and has moved back into his mum’s place as her own health has been rapidly deteriorating. This inv
Rebecca Jane Brown
Before writing a commentary on this book, I took to fellow Goodread reviewers to see how others responded to this book. Due to its subject matter, the reviews are heavily influenced by the readers stance on euthanasia. I do not intend that to cloud my judgement of this book.

I picked this up knowing nothing about it. It was on a recommended shelf at the library, had a striking cover (with gorgeous font) and from the vague two word reviews on the front - I thought I’d have a bash at it
Irene Brew
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to be completely honest (as always) and tell you that I was in two minds whether to request this book for review after reading the blurb; it sounded intriguing and something different from the norm, but also a bit of a touchy subject. Touchy seems such an inadequate word there, though I'm not sure that 'delicate' which is the only other one springing to mind, is even better. See I guess, that part of my problem, and I'm sure for many others,
Angelique Simonsen
may be its my age but i cannot connect with this book. have tried 3 times now to read it but it is just so strange to imagine this....maybe i just am against euthanasia deep down although id like to choose the way i go i cannot see how this scenario would not be abused and how it would work. gave me the feeling of a huge conveyor belt where although it seems that the person has choice they dont really.
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley.]

OK, I admit I don't really know what to write in this review, which seldom happens. It wasn't a bad story—and its theme is fairly interesting (legalised euthanasia, and potential risks and abuse that may be related to it vs. what it accomplishes for people who suffer). But I never really feel connected to the characters, and thus never really cared about them.

I can feel somewhat close to the debate about euthanasia. I'm not sure if it

One of the most emotive subjects an author can take on must surely be that of 'the right to die' or 'assisted suicide'. It is a subject that can cause strong feelings and emotions whichever side you may fall in the debate, and indeed has been a cause of many a family argument. So Steven Amsterdam must have been feeling pretty brave the day he sat down to write his new novel The Easy Way Out, about a gay male nurse, Evan, who finds himself working as a dying assistant in a hospital as part of a p
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Easy Way Out was promised to me to be uplifting, funny, thoughtful, and it very much was all of those things. It probably wouldn’t have been a novel I would have picked up myself, but after an email from the publicist for the book, the book was firmly on my radar. It sounded right up my street, and I don’t mean that in a weird way, but honestly? Euthanasia interests me – why someone would choose to go that way, whether that’s braver than suffering for no real reason, it’s just a really inter ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are, as I write, renewed efforts to introduce legislation in Victoria that would allow assisted suicide, but I don’t suppose that Steven Amsterdam or his publishers knew when they signed their contracts just how topical this book was going to be. The Easy Way Out is a confronting exploration of what assisted suicide might mean for anyone involved. The title is ironic: in the world created by Amsterdam, even though assisted suicide is legal, there is no easy way out…

Narrated wit
I suspect some may find the subject matter of The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam slightly confronting. After all, we still don't talk a lot about euthanasia and assisted suicide. Although perhaps we should.

We meet Evan on the day of his first 'assist'. He's been working on the program since Measure 961 was introduced - though his previous role primarily involved the psychiatric assessment of potential clients and logistical arrangements. It seems a natural progression then that he
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This book is very easy to read, the main characters are well developed and interesting, contemporary themes are explored in depth, many perspectives are shared; this book has a lot to offer.

Relationships are put under the microscope, moral dilemmas abound. I applaud this author as he deftly introduces the subjects of assisted suicides, voluntary euthanasia, depression, terminal illness and suicide by “accident” into this narrative. Steven Amsterdam has cleverly created
Craig Allen
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evan is a young nurse that works in the department that helps terminal patients end their lives (it's been legalized in this story) but of course, there's lots of other stuff going on, too. His father committed suicide when he was a child. His wacky mother, dealing with her own illness, is in and out of a nursing facility. His love life is...complicated. His job is controversial, and he keeps it secret from many in his life. I thought this was a pretty good book and found the topic of assisted s ...more
Giselle A Nguyen
3.5 stars

Had been looking forward to this one for ages and while it didn't quite live up to my expectations, it was beautifully written and I found myself caring deeply for the characters. It was also nice to see the representation of a non-normative relationship. Amsterdam explores the complexities of euthanasia with skill and sensitivity, and his experience as a professional nurse shines through – the attention to detail is tremendous. The ending was a bit of an anticlimax, but ove
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished at last. I didn't like Evan very much, nor his mum Viv (but not enough to feel too sorry for Evan) but, aside from a few descriptions of things that make me further convinced that I was right not to pursue any sort of career that would daily put me in contact with illness and injury, the read was good enough to keep me going.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was one of the easiest reviews to write for many reasons, but mainly because the novel impresses the reader with ease. From the very first sentence you are hooked and can't wait to get to the end to see how it evolved. Steven Amsterdam is not only a good writer, he’s a Melbourne palliative care nurse, which gives Evan’s voice an
Unley Libraries
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rated 3.91/5

This multilayered story, topical at present, focusses on Evan, a nurse working at a facility where assisted dying for terminal patients occurs. There is Viv, his mother who causes Evan much anguish and Evan’s other life with his two gay friends. The water becomes muddied when Evan becomes involved with the “Jasper” organisation.
This book is well written, the assisted deaths scenes are intimate and loving. The novel raises
Jane Hunt
A well-written book on a sensitive subject. Death is often considered a taboo topic and assisted suicide has both moral and legal ramifications.
Evan the main character is complex. He has seen death in both his personal and professional life and finds that his work life impinges on his own life. Full of poignant moments, some dark humour and full of informed facts and opinions on 'assisted suicide.' A fascinating book but not surprisingly I couldn't recommend it as an entertaining read.
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Renita D'Silva
Funny, irreverent, beautiful.
Vikki Patis
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The right to die. An emotive subject, and one that some people seem to struggle with. I fully support a person's right to die at a time and using a method of their choosing. I find our current practice of desperately trying to keep people alive quite, to be frank, barbaric. Quality of life should be the main consideration when discussing euthanasia.

Our narrator, Evan, is thrown into a role as an assistant. He fumbles his way through the first assisted suicide, leading the reader to c
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Hachette Australia for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Evan is a nurse whose job involves assisting terminally ill patients to end their own lives. After he is forced to make an unexpected choice during an assist, his future in the profession becomes uncertain, leading to a succession of situations that test his resolve.

This isn’t the first novel featuring assisted dying (or euthanasia or suicide or whatever you want to call it) I’ve
Review originally posted on my blog:

I was drawn to this book by the subject matter, assisted suicide is something that I feel very passionate about so the chance to read a novel about the very subject was one I couldn’t resist.

This novel is brilliant – to take such a serious subject and treat it as such and yet have such a delicious dark humour around it is incredible.

Evan’s private life was a perfect balance to his career too. His mother has a degenerative cond
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"That means death wins?"
"Every single game."
I pulled away from her. "So why do we play?"

2.5 stars.

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am really struggling with how to rate this book! It was good overall, not quite what I was expecting either. I was really excited to read this book and it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Needless to say, the book was powerful and I grew fond of some of the main
Jirinka (sony08)

I have finished this book three days ago and I still don’t really know what I think. I know I enjoyed it, but it’s the subject that has my head spinning.

Euthanasia is a brave subject for any author and I feel that this book does it justice by covering all emotional and physical sides to assisted death. Evan moves in to the department as an assistant and realises quickly that he in his eyes there is not such think as a silent witness. When he makes a snap decision to lend a helping hand
Carol Peace
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Evan is a nurse and finds himself faced with assisted death, he isn't absolutely sure what to make of it and although he isn't ashamed of his job he does find himself not quite telling the truth to his friends. He gets frustrated with the rules and regulations though and finds the job isn't for him but it seems that it keeps reappearing in his life. His home life isn't the best and I thought this added to his discomfort. Evan is gay and does have a relationship with two friends but he doesn't fe ...more
Robert Scragg
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really intrigued to see how a subject like this would be handled. It's quite an emotive one, but the way the author tackled it really struck a chord with me. Evan's narration is superb - a great combination of dry sense of humour, funny observational stuff, but still having a real sense of compassion when he goes about his job.

The book takes us from his first "assist", through a series of challenges he faces - moral and ethical, pushing the boundaries of what's right. You also have the pa
Maddy Cordell
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
This is a book with an extremely emotive subject - assisted suicide. How many of us haven't watched someone suffering and thought, what if they didn't have to suffer? Animals are not left to suffer but people are. On the flip side, in the wrong hands this could be extremely dangerous. This is a book written very well, by someone with a good insight into the issues. It also deals with the characters in a realistic and sympatheti
Colette Lamberth
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is one of those books that stays with you and I'm pretty sure when I hear assisted suicide mentioned in future it will come to mind. It had me asking questions of myself and if I'm honest not really having answers. I didn't personally find it funny but I do have a rather off beat sense of humour. I have to say I approve of the ending even though it had me on the verge of tears. A well written book on an emotive subject and I enjoyed it more than I had expected to.

I rece
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this unflinching examination of the moral dilemmas involved in assisted suicide, the difficulty of emotional detachment for the witness is poignantly portrayed, whilst the grim intimate details of this emotive subject are offset by the wry laconic narrative voice and engaging dialogue. I found this to be a moving and surprisingly enjoyable read and would definitely recommend it, as long as you are not feeling suicidal!

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Is a writer living in Melbourne. He was born and raised by lifelong New Yorkers in Manhattan.

He wrote his first story about a hamster whose family was starving. A lilac bush in bloom saved everyone.

Steven Amsterdam has edited travel guides, designed book jackets, is a psychiatric nurse. Is a palliative care nurse.