By Ian McEwan
On a cold February day, outdated buddies meet within the throng outdoor a crematorium to pay their final respects to Molly Lane. either Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday were Molly's enthusiasts within the days earlier than they reached their present eminence. Clive is Britain's such a lot profitable sleek composer; Vernon is editor of the standard broadsheet The Judge. attractive, feisty Molly had had different enthusiasts, too, significantly Julian Garmony, international secretary, a infamous right-winger tipped to be the following best minister.
In the times that keep on with Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with outcomes neither has foreseen. every one will make a disastrous ethical choice, their friendship should be established to its limits, and Julian Garmony can be combating for his political lifestyles.
In Amsterdam, a modern morality story that's as profound because it is witty, we now have Ian McEwan at his wisest and such a lot wickedly disarming. And why Amsterdam? What occurs there to Clive and Vernon is the main scrumptious climax of a unique brimming with surprises.
Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize
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Someone. It was at times like this that he used to phone and ask her over, when he was too restless to sit at the piano for long and too excited by new ideas to leave it alone. If she was free, she would come over and make tea, or mix exotic drinks, and sit in that worn-out old armchair in the corner. Either they talked or she made her requests and listened with eyes closed. Her tastes were surprisingly austere for such a party-loving sort. Bach, Stravinsky, very occasionally Mozart. But she was no longer a girl by then, no longer his lover.
Her face in it. The end. All he wanted now was the warmth, the silence of his studio, the piano, the unfinished score, and to reach the end. He heard Vernon say in parting, “Fine. Rewrite the standfirst and run it. ” Then he said to Clive, “Bloody Israelis. ” But instead they took another turn about the lawn, for they were there, after all, to bury Molly. With a visible effort of concentration, Vernon resisted the anxieties of his office. “She was a lovely girl. ” In 1978 a group of friends rented a large house in Scotland for Christmas.
He could not know it then, but the moment before she entered his room was the last occasion he would be alone until he left the building at nine-thirty that evening. iii Molly used to say that what she loved most about Clive’s house was that he had lived in it so long. In 1970, when most of his contemporaries were still in rented rooms and several years away from buying their first damp basement flats, Clive inherited from a rich and childless uncle a gigantic stuccoed villa with a purpose-built two-story artist’s studio on the third and fourth floors whose vast arched windows faced north over a mess of pitched roofs.