The Light of Amsterdam

The Light of Amsterdam It is December in Belfast Christmas is approaching and three sets of people are about to make their way to Amsterdam Alan a university art teacher stands watching the grey sky blacken waiting for Ge

It is December in Belfast, Christmas is approaching and three sets of people are about to make their way to Amsterdam.Alan, a university art teacher stands watching the grey sky blacken waiting for George Best s funeral cortege to pass He will go to Amsterdam to see Bob Dylan in concert but also in the aftermath of his divorce, in the hope that the city which once welcomeIt is December in Belfast, Christmas is approaching and three sets of people are about to make their way to Amsterdam.Alan, a university art teacher stands watching the grey sky blacken waiting for George Best s funeral cortege to pass He will go to Amsterdam to see Bob Dylan in concert but also in the aftermath of his divorce, in the hope that the city which once welcomed him as a young man and seemed to promise a better future, will reignite those sustaining memories He doesn t yet know that his troubled teenage son Jack will accompany his pilgrimage.Karen is a single mother struggling to make ends meet by working in a care home and cleaning city centre offices She is determined to give her daughter the best wedding that she can But as she boards the plane with her daughter s hen party she will soon be shocked into questioning where her life of sacrifices has brought her.Meanwhile middle aged couple, Marion and Richard are taking a break from running their garden centre to celebrate Marion s birthday In Amsterdam, Marion s anxieties and insecurities about age, desire and motherhood come to the surface and lead her to make a decision that threatens to change the course of her marriage.As these people brush against each other in the squares, museums and parks of Amsterdam, their lives are transfigured as they encounter the complexities of love in a city that challenges what has gone before Tender and hu

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  1. Here is the entire plot of the book SPOILER ALERT Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst Angst BIG Angst More Angst Angst Angst muddled ending End SPOILER ALERT That said, it was, for the first two thirds of the book, a compelling read The prose is beautiful, almost poetic, the characters, though living breathing clich s are, at least, living and breathing, and the situation also familiar are portrayed with wi [...]


  2. The book is set in Amsterdam just before Christmas For me, the part of the book leading up to the various characters preparing to go to Amsterdam was just scene setting the book really begins once they arrive This section of the book portrayed the loveliness of the city, and many of the descriptions were beautifully written One of the 3 featured characters is involved in a hen party, and this custom is very unappealing to me I don t see the appeal of a group of women dressing in ridiculous costu [...]


  3. I liked this book, but I have mixed feelings about how it ended First, the ending seemed too abrupt Second, at first I was a little upset that the ending left so many questions unanswered But, as I thought about it, I became comfortable with that It s a pretty unsparing book not bleak in any way, but certainly the author spares his characters no uncomfortable feelings or painful decisions So I guess it s right that, in the end, the reader should not get easy answers either Finally, the way the [...]


  4. I got to page 32 This is the second time I ve been seduced by Park s amazing sounding plots the blurb for this one and The Poets Wives are ever so appealing but ended up unable to engage with them Here, not one of the characters caught my attention Park s writing is interesting, but a bit belabored there are words and images there than you really need to make the point e.g The solace he tried to take in his intellectual superiority was thinning in spiteful synchronicity with the thinning of his [...]


  5. David Park is a well established author of literary fiction from the North of Ireland, who deserves to be better known than he currently is at present For instance, he seems to lack an entry in , something which I may attempt to remedy in the near future The Light of Amsterdam is his 8th novel, published by Bloomsbury to generally good reviews It starts and finishes in Belfast, but the bulk of the events occur over a weekend in Amsterdam The Light of Amsterdam follows the interacting stories of [...]


  6. What an AMAZING writer Best novel I ve read in ages.David Parks must have been sitting in Belfast brewing this marvelous inner story for years It is so well crafted I didn t want to put it down Exactly my sort of book lots of inner workings to characters hopes, dreams, thoughts and fears Add to that a character just written for actor Robert Bathurst to play in movie version, and you have a winner all around Nice too that no one is a lithe 20 something hopping in and out of beds with other lithe [...]


  7. Hostile teenagers, selfish adult offspring, thankless parental responsibilities and marital disappointments any of this sound familiar If so, you will relate to this sympathetically drawn portrait of three people on a weekend trip with their families to Amsterdam Variously regretting the life choices they have made, they begin to see their creaky relationships in a new light, from the fresh perspective of this foreign city Reviewed on whichbook


  8. The Light of Amsterdam un romanzo che ho richiesto molto tempo fa su NetGalley, e adesso mi dispiace molto non averlo letto quando l ho ricevuto ovvero prima della pubblicazione perch mi sarebbe piaciuto fargli un po di pubblicit Certo, posso sempre rimediare orabertabookshelf 2


  9. This book started out nicely It was reminiscent of a Maeve Binchey novel where there are separate groups of people who keep running into each other In this book the three groups are all from Belfast taking a week end trip to Amsterdam First of all, that s just plain exciting Wouldn t it be great if you could travel to another country for the week end The three groups are a middle aged couple looking for oomph in their relationship, a woman joining her daughter on a hen party and an art professo [...]


  10. Three families one city the trip that will change their lives.If The Light of Amsterdam were made into a movie, that could be the poster But the actual result of the book is much subtle, which had its good and bad points.First, the families Alan is an art teacher in Belfast whose career has stalled and whose marriage is in trouble because he had a brief affair with a student and then confessed it to his wife, who has kicked him out and started seeing a hirsute home rehab specialist.Karen has sc [...]


  11. How does a painter paint light Why would you admire a painting by Vermeer and despise The Night Watch by Rembrandt, visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam It s December, Christmas approaching and three different families set off for a weekend to the Dutch capital Problems at home, whether in the US or in Ireland, are layered, just as a painting and the main characters may discover a new perspective, new inspiration and light A father struggles with his recent divorce and getting along with his te [...]


  12. I really wanted to read this book because it s about people going to Amsterdam Amsterdam is my city and I love her There are three main characters in the book Alan, Karen and Marion Alan is an art teacher and goes to Amsterdam to see Bob Dylan in concert and he takes his son with him Karen is single mom who works in a care home She goes to Amsterdam because of her daughter s hen party Marion is a middle aged woman who s going to visit Amsterdam with her husband These are all ordinary people with [...]


  13. Although not particularly well known, David Park should be The Light of Amsterdam is a simple story of three main characters from Northern Ireland who spend a weekend in Amsterdam He describes his characters beautifully and his dialogue rings true His writing draws you into the stories and you re left wanting at the unresolved ending The exchanges between father and estranged teenage son, mother and daughter on the latter s hen weekend, and a couple who have haven t talked enough and are trying [...]


  14. David who you may ask but I can honestly tell you that David Park should be ,in some not so distant future, a worthy winner of a booker or orange prize Park takes ordinary peopleople like you and me living with hopes and aspirations, worries and problems, and weaves a wonderful and colourful story.The prose and style of writing is magnificent, you will be seduced and amazed from the very first page All that you need to know about The Light of Amsterdam is that it is a story of three couples who [...]


  15. Amsterdam is one of those magical cities that everyone I know has loved when they ve visited Sadly, I ve never been, so this novel about the city peaked my interest I loved the concept for The Light of Amsterdam by award winning Irish author David Park, so I knew I had to read it and share it with you This is a literary work in the finest storytelling tradition Read the rest of my review at popcornreads p 5095.


  16. This man should be better known As usual, Park explores impaired masculinity the parent child relationship and the insecure heart In this tale of intertwining characters, I particularly enjoyed the exploration of a mother daughter relationship Once again, Park, through the character of the mother, looks at the hunger for fulfilment that an uneducated life can bring This is daring writing, in many ways.


  17. I lived the beautiful description of Amsterdam The story of the three different family groups experiencing their trip to that beautiful city was strange The book seemed to just end with no conclusion.








  18. My full review here booksaremyfavouriteandbest.worYou re going to read lots about The Light of Amsterdam by David Park In fact, they might even engrave the 2013 Man Booker Prize now.The first thing I read about this book was that it was destined to become an international literary bestseller Wow such expectation It s like the release of Franzen s Freedom over again Anyway, I took comfort in the fact that The Light of Amsterdam was attracting the right kind of attention, not just that of publicis [...]


  19. This is a not altogether nice look at the inner lives of the three featured characters There s Alan, who cheated on his wife and now finds himself having to entertain his sixteen year old son during a weekend in Amsterdam Karen is a single mother who s sacrificed a lot to give her daughter everything she wanted only to be faced with what she considers the ultimate betrayal by that daughter Marion is a middle aged woman with doubts about her husband s loyalty who decides to take rather drastic an [...]


  20. Soooo I have no idea what was going on with the ending of this, like we went from normal to wtf is happeninghello in like a page.Weird ending aside this was an ok book, not amazing nor something I d read again but it wasn t terrible.Out of the three main characters I liked Marion the most as she seemed the most sane, although she was also slightly off it.Alan was a bland and gloomy many and I wanted to slap his son Jack Yes being a teenager isn t exactly easy but jeez kid cheer up would you You [...]


  21. Question What do a these three people have in common a university art teacher who is not performing well at work, with a failed marriage and a young son that he can t connect with a woman who is insecure in her marriage, coming to terms with the nagging feeling that her husband might be having an affair with a much younger girl the single mother of a bride to be who has denied herself all the luxuries in life to pay for her selfish daughter s weddingAnswer Not much Except that they all hail from [...]


  22. Disclaimer I won this in a giveaway However, that doesn t persuade me to like a book or not because it was free.If you like flowery, poetic prose this is a book to read I find that style of writing harder and this took me much longer to read than what I m used to because of it The plot moved a little slower too because of it I kept at it, though, because I was interested in learning about the characters Mr Park focuses on three different characters from Ireland who all happen to be on the same [...]


  23. I saw this book in the Waterstone s in Amsterdam where you can purchase chocolate cream eggs and salad cream alongside your books in English and I bought it on our return because I wanted our family trip to last longerAn Irish author and an Amsterdam setting are a specially good combination for me, although at first I thought that perhaps this was going to be like those stories where a foreign woman starts up a caf in Tuscany and meets a local fairy prince Far from it First of all, this is a sto [...]


  24. It is December in Belfast, Christmas is approaching and three sets of people are about to make their way to Amsterdam.Alan, a university art teacher stands watching the grey sky blacken waiting for George Best s funeral cortege to pass He will go to Amsterdam to see Bob Dylan in concert but also in the aftermath of his divorce, in the hope that the city which once welcomed him as a young man and seemed to promise a better future, will reignite those sustaining memories He doesn t yet know that h [...]


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