Friday, November 7, 2008
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan - Jackie's Review
‘Amsterdam’ by Ian McEwan won the Booker prize in 1998. It begins at Molly’s funeral, which is attended by her husband George, and three of her previous lovers: Vernon, Clive, and Julian. In the days after her funeral Clive and Vernon make a pact that binds them together forever.
I read it in one sitting, but this was more due to the fact it was such a short book, rather than because it was any good. It was fairly well written, but the characters failed to engage me. I found many sections quite dull, and started to wish the book would end, so I wouldn’t have to endure them any more. I’m sure there was a lot of humour and irony in there, but it’s not that not the sort of thing that I find amusing.
The ending was a big disappointment. I could see it coming a mile off - even the cover illustration seems to give it away! The whole plot just seemed a bit child-like in it’s simplicity.
Overall, I was yet again disappointed by a Booker winner.
Originally posted here.