Amsterdam Exposed: An American's Journey Into The Red Light District
Amsterdam Exposed tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an innocent exchange student who moves to Amsterdam hoping to write a book about the red light district and everything that follows. It’s an American abroad story, and also a love story; it’s an uplifting tragedy, full of humor from beginning to end; it’s an Amsterdam survival guide; a sympathetic look at a societal problem; a little piece of policy; a sweet farewell to a world just about gone; and, ultimately, as close as you can come to a free trip to Amsterdam without leaving your couch.
In sum, Amsterdam Exposed takes readers deep into the district on a journey never before possible, forever reshaping their understanding of one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and the women who work there. If you’ve ever spent time in Amsterdam, or dreamed of doing so, this book’s for you.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10
Plot: Wienir's memoir unfolds as a story within a story; a work as much about the craft of writing as it is about Amsterdam and the sex trade it examines. The work is reflective, questioning, and at times nostalgic.
Prose: The author crafts his story with elegent, well crafted prose that offers detailed observations and impactful use of figurative language.
Originality: Wienir's approach to his topic is strikingly original, as it incorporates the author's personal development in tandem with a compelling, journalistic exploration of prostitution and its many nuances.
Character Development: As a character within his own story, Wienir is authentic, self-aware, and shows willingness to have his perspectives challenged and to evolve. The prostitute Wienir befriends is also multilayered and genuinely conveyed.
Date Submitted: August 21, 2018