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3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the ending?, 22 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Amsterdam (Hardcover)
This book is a really enjoyable read right up until the last few pages. Dealing with the choices made in life and the consequences of them, McEwan's characters are horribly realistic and familiar - and therefore not particularly endearing. Full of conceit and self-dillusionment, Clive and Vernon become less and less attractive as the book goes on, to the point where by the end we don't particularly care what happens to them. But even if they do not deserve a good ending, surely the reader does. Without saying what happens, it is fair to say the novel descends into farce and the reader is cheated of the ending, the quality of writing in the rest of the book promoised. Overall, it is highly debateable whether the undoubtable high standard of the first part of the book is worth the let-down at the end. Read this....but only if you've nothing else lying around.
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