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Saturday Paperback – April 11, 2006
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“Dazzling. . . . Powerful. . . . McEwan has shown how we . . . live today.” –The New York Times
“Finely wrought and shimmering with intelligence.” –The New York Times Book Review
“McEwan is supremely gifted. . . . Saturday is a tightly wound tour de force.” –The Washington Post Book World
“This extraordinary book is not a political novel. It is a novel about consciousness that illuminates the sources of politics.” –The Nation
“Saturday is an exemplary novel, engrossing and sustained. It is undoubtedly McEwan’s best.” –The Spectator
“Read the last 100 pages at one sitting–the pace and the thrill allow it. . . . Exhilarating.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Virtuosic. . . . Brilliantly macabre and suspenseful. . . . [A] fine novel.” –The Wall Street Journal
“McEwan is in the first tier of novelists writing in English today. . . . He has achieved a complete mastery of his craft.” –The New York Observer
“This is McEwan at the height of his powers. . . . More audacious than Atonement.” –The Baltimore Sun
“In Saturday, the marvelously gifted Ian McEwan turns a single day into nearly twenty-four hours emblematic of an entire era.” –Chicago Tribune
“One of the most powerful pieces of post—9/11 fiction yet published.” –The New York Times
“Complex, suspenseful. . . . This novel . . . reinforces Ian McEwan’s status as the supreme novelist of his generation.” –The Sunday Times (London)
“Engrossing. . . . A thoughtful, measured and mature look at our world today. . . . [McEwan’s] skill at weaving together suspense, psychological depth and beautiful prose makes him among Britain’s best.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A major event. . . . Saturday proceeds serenely into very different territory where the most secure existence is ringed by sinister possibilities.” –Time
“Thoroughly fascinating. . . . For sheer intelligence and skill, it’s hard to beat Ian McEwan’s Saturday.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Impeccable. . . . Beautifully crafted. . . . Fluid, richly textured. . . . Engrossing.” –Entertainment Weekly
“Read this book. . . . On the level of the sentence, McEwan is smart, witty and insightful. . . . His writing astounds. . . . Saturday is almost too good to bear.” –The Times-Picayune
“Utterly enthralling. . . . Stunningly orderly and harmonious.” –The Seattle Times
“Magnificently imagined.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“A brilliant work. . . . Astoundingly enjoyable.” –O, The Oprah Magazine
“McEwan’s special achievement . . . is not only to give his narrative . . . near-hallucinatory clarity and verisimilitude, but also to make you realize that the world of his novel is our world. It’s a book of poignant insight into the temper of the times. . . . And it’s something rare and precious: a wise book.” –San Jose Mercury News
“Hypnotic. . . . Exquisitely detailed, rich and suspenseful, literate and surprisingly explosive.” –The Miami Herald
“McEwan’s sentences are perfect, and his novels are always powerful and intelligent.” –People
“Sober yet scintillating. . . . Lucidly shows us that civilization and culture and the life of the mind, fragile as they seemingly are, nonetheless have a resilience that can outlast barbarism.” –Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly
“A magnificent new novel that captures both the comforts and the anxieties of the world we live in right now.” –Vogue
“The distinctive achievement of McEwan’s work has been to marry literary seriousness and ambition with a pace and momentum more commonly associated with genre fiction. He is the master clockmaker of novelists, piecing together cogs and wheels of his plots with unerring meticulousness.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Marvelous. . . . A magical book. . . . McEwan shows again the quiet brilliance of his prose and his insights.” –Detroit Free Press
“Captivating. . . . The prose is so precise and evocative the reader can ‘see’ the scenes unfolding. . . . [McEwan] is at the top of his game.” –The Denver Post
From the Inside Flap
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 single day in February 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man -- a successful neurosurgeon, happily married to a newspaper lawyer, and enjoying good relations with his children. Henry wakes to the comfort of his large home in central London on this, his day off. He is as at ease here as he is in the operating room. Outside the hospital, the world is not so easy or predictable. There is an impending war against Iraq, and a general darkening and gathering pessimism since the New York and Washington attacks two years before.
On this particular Saturday morning, Perowne's day moves through the ordinary to the extraordinary. After an unusual sighting in the early morning sky, he makes his way to his regular squash game with his anaesthetist, trying to avoid the hundreds of thousands of marchers filling the streets of London, protesting against the war. A minor accident in his car brings him into a confrontation with a small-time thug. To Perowne's professional eye, something appears to be profoundly wrong with this young man, who in turn believes the surgeon has humiliated him -- with savage consequences that will lead Henry Perowne to deploy all his skills to keep his family alive.
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It should be noted that I wouldn't have chosen to read this book just for fun; instead, it was picked for a book club I participate in. Within the first page you can tell it's going to be rough.
The characters are lifeless, one dimensional portrayals of what is pawned off as modern day life. Each paragraph is exquisite torture as you're left wondering when the hell McEwan will pause to take a breath. Saying the book picks up about halfway through is accurate, but you have to consider that relatively- like an old guy with a cane moves faster than a snail.
Even the musings on Iraq and 9/11 aren't remotely interesting, as you could get an equally insightful view from any drunk man at a bar in New York City.
Any fleeting moments of poignancy are drowned in a shimmering sea of excruciating detail that reads like McEwan wants you to recognize how smart he is.
Good God. All in all, this is a hellish novel that has permanently turned me off of my desire to read Atonement. I wish I could get back the hours spent slogging through this novel.
This book was hard to get into. The plot didn't really pick up for me until about page 87 or so, when he has the confrontation. Before that, I was dragging to get through the book. I'm also not sure if I like the main character as he seems very proud of himself and seems to think he knows everything. There weren't really any characters that I truly enjoyed reading about.
I gave the book three stars simply because the writing is so great. The author is inside Perowne's head and does a great job of outlining the weird tangents that a person can get on in their thoughts after hearing a certain word or just experiencing a certain trigger. While this is a tough book to read because the action is not really fast and the character jumps topics a lot, the writing is really great because this a hard type of novel to write. The plot has points that are really interesting and that fly, but for the most part this was just tough to read.
upstanding neurosurgeon's basic humanity