My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Man Booker Prize Winner Amsterdam is a short work by Ian McEwan, a book fewer than 200 pages and the whole book could be read in one sitting. But that is not advisable from me, for this book.
The plot revolves around two character or in better words, “character studies” of two friends– a composer, Clive and a newspaper editor, Vernon and there shared dead lover, Molly. Actually, Molly is just a starting point that bounds them to the third character, Julian Garmony, a right-wing politician tipped to become the next prime minister, who also share mutual ex-lover as of them. It’s a sharp contemporary piece which cleverly tries to emphasize on humor but somewhat fails to do so.
Though the plot might seem interesting and simple but the construction of the plot is a bit absurd. As the plot advances, it is clear that the author seems confused between studying a character or telling a tale morality. If he’s trying to do both, neither of them goes hand-in-hand with his words. The plot becomes unfocused and boring to a reader in that state, and Ian McEwan leaves a reader with a fast-twisted ending, some thought to be given about one’s own morality and a below par plot.
I am not satisfied with this particular work but that does not mean I am going to give up on his other works. I have heard a lot about his other work such as Atonement and I am thinking of giving it a try. What about you? Have you read any work of Ian McEwan?