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Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

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Molly Lane ha muerto a los cuarenta y seis años de edad. Era una mujer muy libre, muy seductora, y en su entierro se encuentran presentes los cuatro hombres más importantes de su vida: Clive Linley, músico famoso; Vernon Halliday, periodista y director de uno de los grandes periódicos del país; George Lane, su poderoso y multimillonario marido, y Julian Garmony, un notorio político de derechas, actual ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y candidato a primer ministro. Clive y Vernon son amigos desde los lejanos y felices años sesenta, y ambos fueron amantes de Molly cuando todos ellos eran jóvenes, idealistas y pobres. George, el marido, entró mucho más tarde en la vida de la fascinante mujer y jamás pudo poseerla del todo, excepto en el terrible período final, de descenso a los infiernos de la pérdida de memoria y la desintegración mental, en el que se convirtió en su implacable cuidador y carcelero. Y con respecto a Garmony, representante de la derecha más pura y dura y de todo lo que Vernon, Clive y Molly odiaron durante toda su vida, ni el periodista ni el músico pueden explicarse qué era lo que Molly veía en él, qué extraña relación les unía. Pero lo descubrirán pocos días más tarde cuando George, el marido, le ofrece a Vernon unas espectaculares fotos del futuro primer ministro vestido con unas excitantes ropas de mujer. Fotos tomadas precisamente por Molly y que serán el disparo de salida de esta feroz, cínica, mordiente fábula moral.
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Fecha de lanzamiento22 jun 2012
ISBN9788433933799
Amsterdam
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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan (Aldershot, Reino Unido,1948) ha publicado en Anagrama dos libros de relatos, Primer amor, últimos ritos (Premio Somerset Maugham) y Entre las sábanas, y las novelas El placer del viajero, Niños en el tiempo (Premio Whitbread y Premio Femina), El inocente, Los perros negros, En las nubes, Amor perdurable, Amsterdam (Premio Booker), Expiación (que ha obtenido, entre otros premios, el People’s Booker), Sábado (Premio James Tait Black), Chesil Beach (National Book Award), Solar (Premio Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse), Operación Dulce, La ley del menor, Cáscara de nuez, Máquinas como yo y La cucaracha.  Foto © Maria Teresa Slanzi.

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  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    An unusual story of unsympathetic characters in an unlikely storyline, but is quite satisfying nonetheless.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Beautiful, charming Molly has just died after what seemed like a short illness (perhaps alzheimers). Previous lovers are at her funeral along with her husband, George. Clive Linley is Britain's most successful and famous composer. His best friend, Vernon Halliday is the editor of a major newspaper. Julian Garmony is the Foreign Secretary and his politics are repulsive to both Clive and Vernon. A while after the funeral, George summons Vernon and shows him some very revealing and embarrassing pictures of Julian Garmony. Vernon must make the decision to either publish these photos or not. Clive advises not upsetting Vernon's feelings that the man needs to be brought down for the sake of the country. Tension between the two friends follow as both struggle with the issue. While on a hiking trip, Clive happens to come upon a man assaulting a woman but he turns and walks the other way. As time progresses, Vernon realizes that Clive has seen a serial rapist and did nothing. Due to Molly's impairment, Clive had once asked Vernon to assist him in a suicide if his life became such that he was not in control. Vernon at first was repulsed by the idea. Amsterdam has recently been in the news for having doctors that would help with anyone wanting to kill themselves.As time progresses and the friendship dies, both Vernon and Clive make plans to get revenge on the other in Amsterdam. This isn't a long book but one that has an interesting plot and twist. All of the characters seems very self-absorbed and not particularly likeable, but still are interesting.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    A pithy little black comedy, well-plotted and engaging.I found this an enjoyable read from first page to last, hence am really surprised by the patchy ratings it has received. Perhaps people expect something a little "weightier" from a Booker Prize winner. Admittedly, I baulked from awarding more stars for what is little more than a very well-written but fairly frivolous romp, so perhaps I kind of, sort of agree.Very impressed by the two Ian McEwan novels I've read so far!
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Vernon is a newspaper editor desperate to improve his paper's circulation. Clive is a classical composer working on what he is convinced will be the masterpiece of the new millennium. The two men have quite a few things in common, including driving ambition, a long mutual friendship, a history with a woman named Molly (whose funeral starts off the novel), and the fact that they're both about to be faced with an ethical dilemma.I can't say this is my favorite of the McEwan novels I've read (which, so far, includes Solar, The Comfort of Strangers, Enduring Love and On Chesil Beach). Compared to most of them, it feels pretty slight, and the ending, while entertaining in a pleasantly tragicomic way, is both easy to guess and difficult to believe. But I do like McEwan's writing, which as usual pulled me effortlessly along. And while his characterization may not be particularly deep here, comparatively speaking, I don't think he's capable of doing characterization badly, even if his characters are often bad (or at least unlikeable). So, even if it's not his best, I did find it enjoyable. "Not McEwan's best," after all, still leaves quite a lot of room for quality.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    Not a super big fan of Amsterdam, but I do love McEwan in general. The ending was slightly dissatisfying and at times I felt that it was a chore rather than a pleasure to read. A chore in that I lost interest pretty quickly.so/so.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    This is the second book by Ian McEwan that I have read and the second one that I have been disappointed with. Makes me wonder whether or not it was a very poor year when this won the Booker prize.Firstly the book is beautifully writen and it is obvious that the author has done his homework but is really little more than a novella and the writer's knowledge rather deadened the plot for me rather than add to it.Molly Lane dies of some (thankfully) unspecified disease and two old lovers and friends meet outside the crematorium and make a pact which will change their lives. Yet in truth it seems that these two lovers are the ones with the disease, that being self-obsession and an ignorance to the feelings and needs of society around them. Vernon Halliday wants to ruin the Foreign Secretary and increase the sales of his broadsheet newspaper with little thought to how it will affect others while Clive Linley is so interested in finishing his symphony and achieve greatness that he overlooks an attempted rape. But in truth I found little to like about any of the books characters (although I did have a sneaking admiration for Garmony's wife). Perhaps the present revelations about the News International 'phone-hacking' saga so much in the news over here clouded my judgment although this is something we will never know for sure. All in all I found this book fell a little 'flat' with no real spark to the story but others obviously think differently
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    It is ridiculous how enamored I have become of borrowing e-books. Going online to pick out a book, then you get an e-mail, and going back online to download the book. Then it is in my e-reader for 21 days, that’s if I get it from the eNYPL. This book was on my list of books to read and so when I saw it on the eNYPL website I requested it.Ian McEwan has a way of creating characters that makes them live in my head, whether I love them hate them or feel indifferent about them. He also throws out tidbits of thought and ideas that at the time seem insignificant but later on you have an ‘AHA’ moment. All the little threads are drawn together. When I realized what was going to happen in Amsterdam, it was a laugh out loud moment.Listed as a morality tale the dilemma is presented, and the characters actions are shown good, bad or otherwise with no judging, just a here it is, make your own judgments. This is the third Ian McEwan book I have read, so you can guess I am a fan of his work and would recommend this book.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    This book was exciting and engaging and wonderfully descriptive almost all the way through. It was the ending that let it down. It was rushed and worse than that....I saw it coming thanks to the image on the cover of my edition. If the ending had been written longer, with more feeling, I could have really loved this book. It describes the friendship of two well-to-do London men. Both in high positions in their fields, and both formerly in love with a recently deceased woman. The two men both find themselves with a moral dilema and can only pick fault with the way the other friend acted. Their bitterness an anger with each other reaches fairly high stakes and the high drama takes place in the Amsterdam of the title.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    A story that develops like clockwork written in an impeccable style, funny with several surprise turns. The end is somewhat disappointing at first but then the aftermath takes you by surprise again. Great read.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    I read this book on a Sunday afternoon in utter bliss by a roaring fire under my fur throw. I have been wanting to read Ian McEwan for a while and the marketing people did a good job on me with this one. I was drawn in by the eerily atmospheric front cover of duelling men from a bygone age and the flyleaf tempter of the story to come - a racy woman with several lovers and a funeral - perfect for this racy woman and the month of death and decay. It's a short novel so time investment is minimal and I am glad of that as for a Sunday afternoon piece of light entertainment it did a job. However, somehow I felt a little short-changed by the whole thing considering I am after all reading a Booker prize winner. There was no gasp or moment of revelation for me - knowing what we know of the world and how it works in the media and politics these days nothing came as a surprise - maybe we were a little more naive back in the late 90's about such things when the book was written. The motivation for the two main protagonists Clive and Vernon in bringing the novel to it's climax was for me far-fetched and pretty thin. Certainly a scathing commentary on the viler aspects of human nature that live within each of us during our working lives but at the end of the day - we already know that politicians and the press are a back-stabbing loathsome bunch and that the middle and so called upper middle classes of society are so full of themselves and their own importance that to them anything outside of their sphere of mememe world is irrelevant - so nothing new here and not tackled in this novel in anyway that shakes my perspective on the way it is. That said there were passages in the book which resonated with me and I wanted to carry on reading so in that it did the job of entertaining me for a while although I doubt I will be giving it much after thought as I have done with other books I have read.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    A quick read, this novel has some of the best passages I've seen from McEwan. He's just brilliant. It's essentially a tale of greed and self destruction. None of the characters are likable whatsoever. Although the book is may years old, I did find the moral discussions around Garmony so be extremely timely. I highly recommend this book, but do not expect anything lighthearted, humorous, or endearing.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Brilliant -- funny and sharp.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Reading this, I was reminded of P. F. Sloan’s song, Eve of Destruction, for that was the outlook of Vernon Halliday, editor of a failing newspaper, The Judge, charged with the responsibility of bringing the tabloid out of its growing place of obscurity. The book begins with Vernon and his friend Clive Linley, talking together at their friend Molly Lane’s funeral. Molly had been a powerful figure in the world of Vogue. She was a free and modern spirit who chose to live by her own rules. She and her husband occupied separate apartments, so she could practice her own kind of individuality, which meant living with abandon, disregarding housekeeping, being a bit unfaithful, but, nevertheless, always appearing well groomed in public and in the company of whatever male companion was of the moment. Clive was a world renowned composer commissioned to write a symphony for the coming millennial celebration, although it was still years in the future. Molly’s husband George was a financier, aware of and accepting of, her somewhat wanton lifestyle. Neither Clive nor Vernon could fathom what she saw in him. They both disliked him intensely. Molly only moved into her husband’s apartments, when she became ill, quickly deteriorated and could no longer care for herself. Her husband George was a controlling figure of means, with many investments, including a stake in Vernon’s newspaper. He strictly monitored and controlled visitors and access to his wife as she lay dying, in opposition to what Molly probably would have wanted. Clive and Vernon were very resentful. As two of her former lovers, they were never able to give her a proper good-bye, although they had remained great friends even after her marriage. Following the funeral, both Clive and Vernon were at loose ends, wondering about the fragility of their own health. Clive decided that he didn’t want to die frail and helpless the way Molly did. He asked Vernon to make a pact with him to help him end his life if his time was approaching, so he didn’t die as ignobly as he perceived the death of his friend Molly to be. Vernon agreed so long as Clive would do the same for him. This agreement, or unofficial contract of sorts, proved to be the seed that was a major turning point in both of their lives.Present at the funeral also, was another close friend, Foreign Secretary, Julian Garmony, a rather pompous, self-serving politician who was also disliked by Vernon and Clive. Politically, he was anathema to Vernon who believed he would be the death knell for Britain.When George phoned Vernon asking him to meet with him, he sounded like it was quite urgent. Although it was an uncharacteristic invitation to a former lover, Vernon consented to see him. George proceeded to shares risqué photos with him that could bring down the Foreign Secretary. Vernon was enthralled. This was quite possibly the tool he needed to save his country, his newspaper and his own ego. Thus the worm turned, and the plot was truly set in motion. Although the book was written almost two decades ago, it still seems relevant in today’s world. Corrupt politicians, media bigwigs and influentially wealthy people, in abundance, are still alive and well, operating in the theater of the absurd, pulling our strings with abandon. The reader will witness a display of hypocrisy and betrayal, vengeance and retribution, justice and injustice as ethical and moral concerns are raised, abused and ignored. The choices made by the self-absorbed characters were, thus, very self-serving, putting all decisions concerning themselves, their needs and egos, above all else. Their belief in their own magnificence was often beyond the pale, lacking in judgment, and, therefore, brought about outcomes which often backfired from their original intent. I wondered in the end if the moral of the story could be that it was a “comedy of errors”.This is a tale with a sinister sense of justice and humor. Most of the characters seem preoccupied with achieving power for themselves at the expense of others. They are preoccupied with thoughts of death and dying. They cheat, lie, and frame each other with moral turpitude. Although the tale takes place several years before the twenty-first century begins, the time and place could be juxtaposed to any large city and country of influence today, for our world leaders, newsmen and women, corporate heads and unions, and men and women of power and influence, are still serving the needs of shallow people, and themselves. I wondered when I finished the book and returned my thoughts to the current day, have we simply lost our moral compass?There were no wasted words in this less than 200 page, simply told tale, and yet, the pathos of the characters came through loud and clear. In my mind, I pictured actors and actresses playing their roles. A rather benignly defined seemingly lesser character arises in the end, holding all the cards. He alone, essentially, engineered the perfect crime, called all the shots, and emerged victorious, as the last man standing.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    The story is OK, but I really hated the ending. Maybe because I'm Dutch, and it really paints a cynical picture of the Netherlands, but I just can't stomach the view of human beings in general emanating from this book.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    I have to say I finished Amsterdam before I realised I'd started it! It's quite a quick read and I found McEwan's style of writing easy to follow. However, for me, there is something missing from the book and I'm not quite sure what. I found the characters a little thin and not very likeable and the story just plodded along. However, it won the Booker award so who am I to argue?The story centres around old friends, Clive and Vernon, who were at one time both lovers of a recently deceased woman (although not at the same time I hasten to add, or maybe they were? I wasn't really paying attention at one point). The book begins where we see them at her funeral where her husband and another former lover are in attendance. Molly had a lot of lovers it seems. The other characters are, whilst important, mainly peripheral to the story as McEwan focusses on the deteriorating friendship of Clive and Vernon. I don't really want to say much more about the story as I would run the risk of giving some serious spoilers.Ego is the key to this story I think. All the characters portrayed here aren't very likeable, sympathetic or nice. They have big egos and are extremely self-centred. I suppose that is the way it's meant to be, however, I just couldn't connect and for that reason always felt a bit detached from it. That said, I finished it, read it in good time and didn't actually hate the book so it gets 3 stars from me.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Not at all what I expected.
    The book is very easy to read. I wish I knew more about music, because there's so much about composing and listening and such that I'm sure it adds layers to the story that I do not catch.
    If the bookw as not so acclaimed, I might have dismissed it as popfiction fluff, but there really is a lot here for discussion and contemplation.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    A bit predictable with a bunch of unlikeables. An amazingly beautiful and charismatic woman dies of an unnamed disease that is so quick that she becomes almost immediately helpless and dependent on her pathetic, martyr husband. At her funeral her lovers sigh and remember her perfect moments - oh yes, and all through the novel as well. But alas, she has left behind some photos that are damning and can be used to totally thwart the evil and right-wing foreign secretary (who of course was also her lover)and can destroy his career. And so on and so forth. Not really that interesting, at least to me, and too neat of an ending for my taste.

    Loved the film Atonement based on McEwan's book, so will read more of his work.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    I've enjoyed previous McEwan books I've read, so when this one floated to the top of one of my many to-be-read piles I seized on it.

    At the London funeral of Molly Lane, four men interact, these being her publisher husband George and three of her lovers: Vernon, who edits a national broadsheet newspaper, a "quality" which he's trying to make more tab