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Amsterdam

Mc Ewan, Ian

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ISBN 10: 0224051709 / ISBN 13: 9780224051705
Editorial: Jonathan Cape, Great Britain, 1998
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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A true UK first edition/ first printing, numbered 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 on the copyright page. A great copy of this Booker Prize-winning novel, a black comedy in which three old (male) friends gather at the funeral of the charismatic Molly Lane. Jealousies and ancient rivalries unexpectedly resurface. And there is a new and irresistible desire for revenge. Not price-clipped. No Booker Prize blurb on the front of the jacket. A really nice copy. We protect all our books with a removable plastic cover, and send them with care. N° de ref. de la librería 001018

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Detalles bibliográficos

Título: Amsterdam

Editorial: Jonathan Cape, Great Britain

Año de publicación: 1998

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: First Edition

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On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge. Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life. A contemporary morality tale that is as profound as it is witty, this short novel is perhaps the most purely enjoyable fiction Ian McEwan has ever written. And why Amsterdam? What happens there to Clive and Vernon is the most delicious shock in a novel brimming with surprises. (1998-10-28)

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When good-time, fortysomething Molly Lane dies of an unspecified degenerative illness, her many friends and numerous lovers are led to think about their own mortality. Vernon Halliday, editor of the up-market newspaper The Judge, persuades his old friend Clive Linley, a self-indulgent composer of some reputation, to enter into a euthanasia pact with him. Should either of them succumb to such an illness, the other will effect his death. From this point onwards we are in little doubt as to the novel's outcome--it's only a matter of who will kill whom. In the meantime, compromising photographs of Molly's most distinguished lover, foreign secretary Julian Garmony, have found their way into the hands of the press, and as rumours circulate he teeters on the edge of disgrace. However, this is McEwan, so it is no surprise to find that the rather unsavoury Garmony comes out on top. McEwan is master of the writer's craft, and while this is the sort of novel that wins prizes, his characters remain curiously soulless amidst the twists and turns of plot. --Lisa Jardine

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