Long ago I read a book by this author called The Cement Garden. While he was more than talented with mechanics and style, I found his content perverse and distasteful.
However, he is widely respected and so I thought it beneficial to give him another chance. I chose Amsterdam as my opportunity to get reacquainted with McEwan, mostly because it’s a very short read and I didn’t want to invest too much time with it.
Well, I was very pleased to see that The Cement Garden must have simply been the author pushing the limit and not necessarily his norm. I enjoyed Amsterdam, though I don’t think I would recommend it to the casual reader. The story, while not terribly captivating, was an interesting character study and, again, McEwan is very proficient with the written word. His style and structures are a joy to study.