By Ian McEwan
On a cold February day, outdated pals meet within the throng outdoors a crematorium to pay their final respects to Molly Lane.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 winning glossy composer; Vernon is editor of the standard broadsheet The Judge. attractive, feisty Molly had had different fanatics, too, particularly Julian Garmony, international secretary, a infamous right-winger tipped to be the subsequent best minister.
In the times that stick to Molly's funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact with outcomes neither has foreseen. each one will make a disastrous ethical choice, their friendship might be demonstrated to its limits, and Julian Garmony could be struggling with for his political existence.
In Amsterdam, a modern morality story that's as profound because it is witty, we've 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 singular brimming with surprises.
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You said all that in your leader, Vernon. ” Vernon was wondering whether he might just bring himself to let Frank go. What was he doing wearing an earring? “Quite right, Frank,” Vernon said cordially. “We’re in Europe. The Americans want us in Europe. The special relationship is history. The deal has no significance. The coverage stays on the inside pages. ” They listened to the sports editor, whose pages Vernon had recently doubled at the expense of arts and books. Then it was the turn of Lettice O’Hara, the features editor.
It’s too weak. I want a picture that tells a story. Dirty hands time, remember? ” “They’ll strike, like last time. ” “Fine. Your choice, Tony. ” “I’ll ask someone from the picture desk to pop up and—” “Don’t bother. ” “Mr. Halliday? Are you Mr. ” The talking group came to a halt, and a thin, balding man in a black suit whose jacket was tightly but toned pushed his way forward and tapped Vernon on the elbow with an envelope, which he put into Vernon’s hands. Then the man planted his feet well apart and read in a declamatory monotone from a sheet of paper that he held in front of him with two hands.
What had attracted her? Garmony was a strange-looking fellow: large head, with wavy black hair that was all his own, a terrible pallor, thin unsensual lips. He had made a life in the political marketplace with an unexceptional stall of xenophobic and punitive opinions. Vernon’s explanation had always been simple: high-ranking bastard, hot in the sack. But she could have found that anywhere. There must also have been the hidden talent that had got him to where he was and even now was driving him to challenge the PM for his job.
Amsterdam: A Novel by Ian McEwan