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.
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.
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.
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.
Although I am not myself a retired surgeon, this review from a user of Amazon.com encompasses how I felt about the book: "With [his main character,] Perwone[, the author] depicts an accurate portrayl of an upper class surgeon in contempory England. As a retired surgeon, I find his ability to capture the cognitive process of a neurosurgeon amazing for a layman. He brings chills to mind as past decisions are remembered. Slow to develop, but stunning in abruptness of the climax and resolution. A superb novel with balanced political perspectives. Will linger in your mind for some time."