The Light of Amsterdam

What a find! I’d never heard of David Park when I spotted The Light of Amsterdam on the shelf. He is a well awarded Irish writer with 7 books to his credit. It’s December and Amsterdam is at it’s light-twinkling best, all wrapped up for Christmas and looking as charming as any city can in winter. This is the story of 3 people who come to the city for various reasons. Recently divorced Alan plans to attend a most anticipated Bob Dylan concert with his teenage son in tow, single Mum Karen tags along for her daughter’s bachelorette party, and Marion, a middle aged woman who’s husband Richard has surprised her with a birthday weekend away. These 3 individual stories are connected right off when they all end up on the same flight to Amsterdam. As the story progresses we learn about the anxieties, fears, insecurities, and everyday lives of these 3 people. It is fascinating! At times Park’s writing is so bang on. He’s brilliant. His descriptions are so astute… Alan’s moody, distant, unco-operative teenage son, the atmosphere of the senior’s home where Karen works, and Marion’s insecurities as she approaches middle age. I guarantee that somewhere in this book you will say he’s hit the nail on the head. At times I kept thinking to myself “you’ve got that right”. Book clubs would love this book!  Check it out, in fact buy it (it’s not expensive). You won’t regret it. I loved it! Spread the word.

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