July 4, 2005

Amsterdam
Ian McEwan

Dutch Treat – A very smart, very clever book; not unlike a David Mamet examination of how grown men behave among other grown men, but written with wit and understatement rather than fuck-you aggressiveness. “How prosperous, how influential, how they had flourished under a government they had despised for almost seventeen years,” McEwan writes of his main characters – a tabloid newspaper publisher and a composer of classical symphonies – as each stumbles forward certain of their correctness. The story starts strong and ends surprisingly, yet, in retrospect, inevitably – which is, of course, the most satisfactory ending.

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