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Saturday
Saturday
Author: Ian McEwan
From the pen of a master -- the #1 bestselling, Booker Prize--winning author of Atonement -- comes an astonishing novel that captures the fine balance of happiness and the unforeseen threats that can destroy it. A brilliant, thrilling page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. — Saturday is a masterful novel set within a singl...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400076192
ISBN-10: 1400076196
Publication Date: 4/11/2006
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 204 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Saturday on + 373 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
A beautiful, full-circle story that begins looking out into the nighttime London sky on a Saturday morning, and ends looking out into the nighttime London sky on a Sunday. During Perowne's Saturday, a minor incident snowballs into a horrible confrontation. The climax scene is probably the most awkward scene I've ever read (subject matter, not writing). It made me very uncomfortable.

I think McEwan delved a bit into existentialism when writing this - one choice can lead to disasterous, or wonderful, results. Highly recommended for those who enjoy more literary fiction.
reviewed Saturday on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
The story of one eventful day in a man's life. Well written with many interesting descriptions and characters. The book starts out a little slow, but ends strong.
reviewed Saturday on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The author follows a neurosurgeon through one ordinary Saturday, which gradually turns nightmarish.
It starts out slow but takes a hold of the reader as the events start to unfold.
Ian McEwan is an excellent writer in my opinion.
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Helpful Score: 3
This novel follows an ordinary man through a Saturday whose high promise gradually turns nightmarish. Henry Perowne - a neurosurgeon, urbane, privileged, deeply in love with his wife & grown children - plans to play a game of squash, visit his elderly mother & cook dinner for the family. But a minor traffic accident leads to an unsettling confrontation.
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Helpful Score: 2
I didn't hate this book, but I didn't much care for it either. It all seemed very far fetched and unbelievable and the terrorism tie-in didn't quite work in my opinion. I know this book is very popular. Perhaps I missed something.
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reviewed Saturday on + 289 more book reviews
I have unwittingly read a higher proportion of Ian McEwan's work than expected for a writer that I don't count as one of my favorites. Saturday, a novel about an unusual day in the life of a London neurosurgeon, was easy to digest. There's a sense of the uneasiness of the post-9/11 world as Henry Perowne starts his day; it boils over as a minor automobile accident starts a more personal chain of events. McEwan brings poetry to his descriptions of neurosurgery, consciousness, and the mind, which reverberates through the protagonist's family and professional lives as well as the events of the day. Henry is a character that one can like, which helps this neatly structured novel move along. I enjoyed this pick from the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
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A very though provoking book. I found it to be a bit slow in spots but overall very engrossing -- especially the last 100 pages or so.
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I read to page 61 of this book and just stopped reading. Sorry but it could not hold my interest. It was too detailed and went on and on about nothing in particular. I felt no suspense, no page-turner building ..nothing. I would not recommend this book.


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