Book Reviews of Saturday

Saturday
Saturday
Author: Ian McEwan
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 199 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
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41 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Saturday on + 354 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.
reviewed Saturday on + 12 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Saturday on + 252 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Saturday on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
reviewed Saturday on + 141 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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."
reviewed Saturday on + 111 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Not my favorite book. It moved too slowly and with far too much detail and introspection for my taste.
reviewed Saturday on + 458 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is a book in which the main character (a neurosurgeon) spends alot of time thinking and pondering throughout this one day. He seems to overthink some things and it moves a bit slow. It is a book about decisions and their consequences. I liked this family of characters and it is a good read overall. It is on the 1,001 list, but not one I would put on my 1,001.
reviewed Saturday on + 1057 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
All 289 pages of this novel is set in a one day time frame...Saturday. This shows you how just one single incident can change everything. What started out to be a routine day of planned errands and events changes in the blink of an eye. Another great Ian McEwan novel.
reviewed Saturday on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Contrived and highly overrated. I'm not sure why McEwan is so obsessed with upper class British families, but it hardly a subject I can relate to, or one that wasn't already covered extensively by the past, oh, two hundred years of British literature. Set against the background of an ambiguous terrorist attack, a genetically inferior thug invades the home of a brilliant brain surgeon. When the thug is subsequently shot in the head the narrator selflessly saves his life. The message here: The social elite will always remain unscathed by the perpetual violence in the world. I cried crocodile tears.
reviewed Saturday on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I found this book to be well written. It was at times beautiful, especially as the author describes the relationship between the character and his family. I've never read anything so beautifully written as what I read about his relationship with his mother, for example.
reviewed Saturday on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I can't get through it. I have forced myself to read through 1/2 of it, and it's killing me. Sorry. I'm all for the introverted novel, where the action is in your hero's mind and all, but this one is just killer - I cannot relate to this character in any way at all.
reviewed Saturday on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book was a selection by my book group and it had mixed reviews. The more I thought about the book and we discussed the more I liked it. While the events cover a single day, it had reflections on the war on Iraq, the nature of family ties, the interconnectedness of seemingly unconnected people. I think it is a worthwhile read if you take it for what it is - the view of a day with impact beyond its initial appearance.
reviewed Saturday on
Helpful Score: 1
This was my first book by this author and I must say I was not impressed. I continued to read with the hopes that it would get better and never did. I felt the details of the one day in his life became tedious, I longed for something to happen for my interest to peak, however, no was my answer with ever turn of the page. You may ask why did I continue? Trusted friends told me I would become involved with the Doctor of the story if I just gave it a chance. I no longer trust these friends when it comes to a suggestion of a good read.
reviewed Saturday on + 307 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Detailed account of family life and drama told through one day's activities and connection with a wider circle including near plane crash, road rage, home invasion, and surgery.
reviewed Saturday on + 63 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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.
reviewed Saturday on + 63 more book reviews
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.
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.
reviewed Saturday on + 48 more book reviews
Minute by minute account of one day in the life of a neurosurgeon. I hated the first half of the first chapter. It gets much better after that. I especially enjoyed the play-by-play in the operating room. It's very technical, but put in terms even a layman can understand. It was sometimes easy to tell what might happen next, but there are still a few curveballs. I will definitely read more of this author's work!
reviewed Saturday on + 15 more book reviews
The book is beautifully written but sadly this does not over come its shortcomings. The ending is rather predictable, as I had it figured out about halfway through. I bought this after reading Atonement, and its a far cry from that book. It was on people's must read list,and won awards, but it wasn't my cup of tea.
reviewed Saturday on + 27 more book reviews
A really good book involving subtleties and psychology. Just on the border of being a thriller, but with more literary appeal.
reviewed Saturday on + 8 more book reviews
I did not enjoy this book, did not look forward to reading it, and it's a relief that it's finished. The thought that kept going through my mind the whole time I was reading it was the continued realization that I just did not care what happened to these characters -- past, present or future.

I was so bored with it that even the ending (which I was assured would be rewarding) was an anti-climax because it couldn't be any where near exciting enough to make up for the hours I'd spent in total boredom in Henry's random thoughts.
reviewed Saturday on + 3 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Saturday on + 13 more book reviews
I loved Atonement and couldn't wait to read this book which has great reviews from other sources (LA Times Book review, The Nation, etc.) But, I had to force myself to read most of it. It felt more like readinga writing exercise.........
reviewed Saturday on + 3 more book reviews
Not as good as I thought it would be, but it must have just been me. EVERYONE I talk to loved it!
reviewed Saturday on + 63 more book reviews
I found it hard to get into this book, but once I did it proved to be a good read.
reviewed Saturday on + 75 more book reviews
very interesting story of one day in the life of a neurosurgeon and his family. very well written. liked it much, much better than his other book (atonement).
reviewed Saturday on + 7 more book reviews
A slow start, but well worth the time spent.
reviewed Saturday on + 41 more book reviews
Not very interesting, boring in fact. You really don't care about the characters of what happens.
reviewed Saturday on + 7 more book reviews
This book will leave you on the side of your seat as the story unfolds.
reviewed Saturday on + 4 more book reviews
Very good.
reviewed Saturday on + 28 more book reviews
I loved this - heavy, contemplative, well written - I have known some who found it dull - but I don't agree.
reviewed Saturday on + 11 more book reviews
McEwan is one of my favorite writers, and I really enjoyed the book.
reviewed Saturday on + 4 more book reviews
Ian McEwan is a great writer. He can capture a place very well. This book got rave reviews. I feel Atonement is his better work.
reviewed Saturday on + 46 more book reviews
Well written, excellent story. Highly reccommend!
reviewed Saturday on + 13 more book reviews
Very thought-provoking and current!
reviewed Saturday on + 108 more book reviews
Wonderful writing although only covering one day in the whole book makes the pace a bit slow at times
reviewed Saturday on + 2 more book reviews
I read it, but thought it was mediocre.
reviewed Saturday on + 9 more book reviews
All the events happen within one day-Saturday.
reviewed Saturday on + 354 more book reviews
COULDN'T GET INTO THIS ONE,SO I'M GONNA SHARE IT WITH YALL.