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."
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AMSTERDAM, July 6 (Reuters) - CelebrityDutch crime reporter Peter R ... "He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life," AmsterdamMayorFemke Halsema said in a televised news conference ... Dutch broadcaster RTL said De Vries had just left its studio in downtown Amsterdam when one of five shots hit him in the head.
Peter R de Vries was shot in central Amsterdam after making one of his regular appearances on a current affairs television show ... “He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said in a televised news conference ... Nabil B.’s previous lawyer was shot and killed on an Amsterdam street in September 2019.
A well-known Dutch crime reporter was shot in the head on Tuesday night after leaving a TV studio in the centre of Amsterdam, the police said ...Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, called De Vries “a national hero for all of us”, at a news conference, describing the attack as a “brutish, cowardly crime”.
de Vries is reportedly clinging to life after getting shot on an Amsterdam street on Tuesday ... “He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam MayorFemke Halsema said in a televised news conference.
Last night, at around 7.30 p.m., the investigative crime journalist Peter R De Vries was shot five times on a busy street in central Amsterdam after leaving a television studio where he was recording a talk-show. The horror on the face of the Amsterdam mayor was visible at a hastily-organised 11 p.m.
He remains in critical condition in an Amsterdam hospital. . “He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life," Amsterdam MayorFemke Halsema said in a televised news conference ... de Vries in central Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM — ... de Vries is for all of us a national hero, an unusually courageous journalist, tirelessly seeking justice,” AmsterdamMayorFemke Halsema said at a hastily convened news conference at the city’s police headquarters ... A third suspect was detained in Amsterdam, he said.
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