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.
Quite a book... this is not a page turner but what a great study into Harry's mind. An account of an extraordinary day in the lives of some highly intelligent people in ne family. I think McEwan has done an excellent job of examining what makes a mind formulate political conclusions. There is no wonder this book has received so many awards and was selected as One of the Best Books of the Year, by many. An excellent read.