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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
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Jan 05, 2009

bookshelves: 2008-audio-books, 2008-general-fiction
Read in December, 2008

Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan. Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield, produced by Publishing Mills, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a book with a dead woman, Molly Lane as the catalyst-at least her funeral is. Her husband, George, who took care of her at the end when she was helpless, did not want a memorial service, but just had people come to the crematorium to say a last goodbye to Molly. He did this in part because she had had several lovers, and at least three of them were present. They disliked each other and her husband as well. This is a book that is a parity of the polite society of people who actually hate each other but pretend to be friends. And, in the end, two of them go to Amsterdam with a plan in mind-not the same plan. It’s not his best book, even though it appears on the 1001 books to read. I like McEwan and most of his books. This one was more of a parody I think.


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