Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
✉ We had a family trip to Venice in September and our return flight to Stansted with Ryanair was supposed to leave at 9.40pm. It didn’t and it was impossible to discover the reasons for the delay ...Thalia Myers ... ALAMY ... ✉ My husband and I would like to stay three nights in Amsterdam in April or May to see the Vermeer exhibition and the Keukenhof gardens.
The exhibit at the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam was designed to be a more nuanced look at Dutch wartime experiences, but it has been accused of downplaying the heroism of some and the sins of others ... .
So Boris Johnson enters his next competition ... But these memoirs are a strange cultural concept ... The perils of new media ... [See also ... Why do some artists catch the eye and the imagination in a way that others, apparently as gifted, don’t? The question is pertinent ahead of a new exhibition of Johannes Vermeer’s work at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Ranging from festive markets to art shows, these outdoor events are some of the unique attractions featured in the #DubaiDestinations winter campaign ...Winter markets ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... Previously exhibited at the prestigious AmsterdamLightFestival, these landmark exhibits will be seen for the first time ever in Dubai at the event running till January 29.
the most comprehensive exhibition of Johannes Vermeer’s work opens at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam... A further treat is to go to the artist’s home town of Delft where there will be an exhibition about the artist’s life at Museum Prinsenhoff. Amsterdam is served by DFDS ferries from Newcastle. The main exhibition runs until 4 June.
... board at the free Chess Museum.Visit Westerkerk, Amsterdam’s biggest church, Rembrandt’s burial place and venue of free noon carillon bell concerts every Tuesday.NEMOScience Museum has Amsterdam’s ‘highest public square’ with views, interactive exhibitions and paddling pools.