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Well-crafted...but so what?,
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This review is from: Amsterdam: A Novel (Paperback)
Amsterdam is a quick read and you won't be angry that you wasted your time; however, you might be angry it won the Booker Prize. Briefly, McEwan tells his (rather uncomplicated and rather unamazing) story very well, very precisely, never wasting a word. However, at the end, the reader can only ask a quick question: Who cares? Ian McEwan is a superb craftsman, there's no doubt about it...but the problem is, with Amsterdam, it's ALL craft and nothing more. You'll feel, once your done, that you've been staring at a piece of furniture for hours, because this book is, ultimately, incredibly forgettable and unimportant. Surely, there must have been a better book the year this won the Booker???