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“Brilliant. . . . [Sillitoe] has assured himself a place in the history of the English novel.”—The New Yorker 
“That rarest of all finds: a genuine no-punches-pulled, unromanticised working class novel. Mr. Sillitoe is a born writer, who knows his milieu and describes it with vivid, loving precision.”—Daily Telegraph
“Sillitoe's account of the rebellious young factory-fodder hero Arthur Seaton was timely when first published. . . . It is timeless now.”—The Guardian

“One of the best English writers of the day.” —The New York Times Book Review
“There are few writers around who can rival Sillitoe when it comes to the complicated business of noticing things.” —Literary Review
“A master storyteller.” —The Observer
“Miles nearer the real thing than D.H. Lawrence's mystic, brooding working-men ever came.”—Sunday Express
“Outspoken and vivid.”—Sunday Times, London

About the Author

Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928, the son of a tannery worker. He left school at age fourteen to work in a factory. He was one of the working-class novelists who revitalized British fiction in the 1950s. His first novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was followed with the bestselling collection The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. He adapted both works for the screen in the early 1960s. He is the author of more than 40 works of prose, poetry, and drama.

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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage International
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307389650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307389657
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2013
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Arthur Seaton is twenty-two. It is the mid-1950's and he has worked at the bicycle factory since he was fifteen. He now is a lathe operator, working on a piecework basis, bringing in £14 per week. Outside the factory, it's a life of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. What does that mean? Author Alan Sillitoe explains:

"For it was Saturday night, the best and bingiest glad-time of the week, one of the fifty-two holidays in the slow-turning Big Wheel of the year, a violent preamble to a prostrate Sabbath. Piled-up passions were exploded on Saturday night, and the effect of a week's monotonous graft in the factory was swilled out of your system in a burst of goodwill. You followed the motto of `be drunk and be happy,' kept your crafty arms around female waists, and felt the beer going beneficially down into the elastic capacity of your guts."

Arthur drinks and he brawls. He is a sharp-dresser and a skirt-chaser. In the first part of the book, he limits his carousing to married women -- that minimizes attachments and responsibilities, though it does run the risk of retribution from the cuckolds. Arthur has the gift of gab, and he is one of the glibbest liars and story-tellers in fiction. He is surprisingly introspective, but steadfastly independent; nothing raises his hackles more quickly than being stereotyped: "I'm me and nobody else; and whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody thing about me." All in all, he is one of the more engaging and memorable characters I have encountered in my recent reading.

SATURDAY NIGHTS AND SUNDAY MORNINGS is a classic novel of the factory worker.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on May 24, 2010
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Alan Sillitoe's main character Arthur is a young man working at a bicycle plant in industrial post WWII England. His life is essentially drifting between meaningless piecework and weekends of heavy drinking and pursuing other men's wives. We first meet Arthur as he is blind drunk and falling down a flight of stairs in a pub. The novel captures a period in England that seems bleak except when contrasted with what had come just before and in comparison to the deprivations of the war period the people in Sillitoe's story are enjoying a relative level of prosperity.
Arthur is the classic angry young man who is going through life trying to avoid commitments with all his being. The second part of the novel has him beginning to accept that he is ultimately hooked.
I enjoyed the book very much and it's depictions of English life in a specific place and time were spot on.
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Social History in novel form. Short but sweet. Worth reading for those interested in British social history.
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