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November 19, 2003
[Warning: this review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.]
While McEwan's brilliant "Atonement" moves along at a snail's pace, "
The story is about two friends and a politician who all loved
So then, for reasons I still don't understand,
The entire problem with this novel is that it's too short. There's simply not enough of a build-up to provide adequate reason for why two lifelong friends would decide to bump each other off. Granted they had difficulties, a couple of rows (as they say in
Maybe it's because this book is British, but I know in
To get on my soapbox for a minute, I think what would have really helped this book were some flashbacks. Don't just TELL us how much Clive,
McEwan's writing is competent as always, but having read "
"Atonement" was like a haunting, beautiful melody that sticks with you long afterwords (with its slow build-up I always think of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" you know, that song they used in "Platoon") while "Amsterdam" is a quick little pop song that went in one ear and out the other (like a Britney Spears song). It's too short, too underdeveloped to make it worth the purchase price.