Saturday

Saturday 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 Fro

  • Title: Saturday
  • Author: Ian McEwan
  • ISBN: 9780099469681
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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 unforeseAn 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.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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    1. Hello everybody,I'm Henry Perowne and welcome to a day in my life a Saturday to be precise. I'm a good natured sort of chap, if I were famous I'd probably be saddled with the tag of "thinking women's crumpet", but personally I take myself much to seriously to acknowledge that kind of thing. I'm a successful neurosurgeon who enjoys long, descriptive and adjective laden games of squash with my erudite and debonair colleagues. Today, for once in my incredibly lucky and wealthy life, I had a spot of [...]

    2. Godawful."Saturday" was ponderous, labored, rhetorically thick and therefore perhaps to my mind pretentious, or do I mean pompous? It was like a big bloated beer gut, but a beer gut bloated - indeed, rendered distended, turgid, and tumescent - by the finest chardonnays, Gewurztraminers, and Sauvignon Blancs, sipped (quaffed?) while listening to Bach Partitas. It was bereft of conciseness, brevity, midgetude, terseness, laconism, abbreviation, and pith, its rather meaningless, hollow sentences cu [...]

    3. Jonathan sits before his reliable laptop, gathering his thoughts on how to begin a review of Ian McEwan's Saturday. He has already made up his mind as to how he shall write this review, a mediocre attempt at emulating Mr McEwan's third-person, present-tense style, will suffice. Yet he struggles with the concept of how best to begin the review. Shall he mention the plot, the themes or the beautiful writing? He knows at this point that he will refer to why he talks as an omniscient narrator for th [...]

    4. *******Note : SPOILERS ALL OVER THE PLACE!! This review is for people who have read Saturday or people who will never read Saturday!********Reading Saturday is like running a weird obstacle race. At first it’s all manicured lawns and rhododendrons, and then it’s hideous piles of donkey droppings, and that’s how it goes – daffodils, donkey droppings, vistas of beauty, donkey droppings. And I’m not sure that was the intended effect. What a weird novel – here we have one of the stupides [...]

    5. This wasn’t my favorite Ian McEwan. Admittedly there were very valid points in some of the negative reviews. But I’m partial regarding to McEwan--his mesmerizing prose, particularly his superb interpretation of music (e.g. jazz/blues in this book and modern classical in Amsterdam) woke up all my senses.

    6. I would not qualify "Saturday" as McEwan's best work. I think the argument begins and ends with "Atonement" in terms of sheer literary achievement. But "Saturday" is McEwan's most immediate work; the one that feels most like a significant and honest byproduct of both the time and place from which it emerged and the man from whose mind materialized. To be clear, I adore "Atonement" and, for all its heart-wrenching and visceral exploration of obsession and paranoia, I love "Enduring Love"."Saturda [...]

    7. For me, one-star ratings are very rare. & this is, without a doubt, one of the worst books ever! The titular day is a bland array of stupid events that fill up a stupid life. The neurosurgeon atop his manse contemplates the plague of humanity living right below him (commoners, proletarians, drug addicts) all the while believing that his own existence is worthwhile as he parades around all the perks of being rich in a modern-day luxurious London. I detested this neo-bourgeoisie panorama too t [...]

    8. I loved this book! This is not a book for you if you’re looking for entertainment only, or light reading. This is a book full of layers, metaphors, parallels, & issues to think about. The thing that most reached out & grabbed me was the idea of a man going about his daily life (whether you find his daily life mundane or overly privileged or whatever), when unexpected events occur & change everything. That’s always sort of a scary theme for me! On the surface it’s the story of H [...]

    9. I found this book: Saturday by Ian McEwan.Then I read it.Things happened, some exciting and some less so, nothing of super consequence. I finished the book. I put it away and forgot about it.I then went on to another book.That's my reading experience and that's the arc of Saturday. It's a "day in the life of" short story dragged out into novel length. Granted there's plenty packed into that day and it's admirably juggled by McEwan.The main character is accosted. He happens to be a doctor and tha [...]

    10. Short version: GOD IT WAS BORING.Long version: You know the anecdote that a succesful novelist could publish his shopping list and people would buy it? That's the case with Saturday. A chronicle of 24 hours from the life of neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, the novel is full of his ruminations, reminiscences, all described in painful, tedious detail. McEwan fails to build an actual plot; instead you'll be sure to hear every single event, no matter how irrelevant and drawn out (there's an 18 page descr [...]

    11. 2. Saturday, Ian McEwanThe book, published in February 2005 by Jonathan Cape in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States, was critically and commercially successful. Critics noted McEwan's elegant prose, careful dissection of daily life, and interwoven themes. It won the 2005 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. It has been translated into eight languages.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دسامبر سال 2010 میلادیعنوان: شنبه؛ نویسنده: ایان ( [...]

    12. Warning: also contains major spoilers for Night TrainMany of the other reviewers say they're annoyed with Saturday on the grounds that the main character's life is too implausibly perfect - a successful neurosurgeon with a beautiful wife, two talented children, a lovely home, etc etc. He's even a pretty decent squash player. So how can Henry possibly fill the Everyman role he's apparently meant to inhabit? Well, it seems to me that McEwan is making a sensible point here. Compared to most people [...]

    13. Ok. I usually force myself to finish each novel I start. (with the two exceptions so far being Catch 22 and Atlas Shrugged) I do this (1) to at least get my moneys worth, and (2) because I know somewhere in there, there must be a part worth waiting for. This book fell into the (2) catagory. It was an impossible bore throughout most of the novel, with one interesting fight in an alley due to a fender bender. until you hit the last 50 pages. For me, hitting those last chapters was like breaking th [...]

    14. There’s something mesmerizing about Ian McEwan’s writing which results in my having a peculiar kind of blind spot when it comes to his stories. No matter how ordinary they are; no matter how unremarkable they appear at first sight, or how construed they clearly are, I am helplessly drawn into the universe of his prose. There’s some kind of stylistic vortex that just sucks me in.As in many of his novels, the plot hinges on one event, though in this novel it might be two: first, the protagon [...]

    15. Henry Perowne is a busy 48-year-old London neurosurgeon. Saturday, in 2003, two years after the 9/11 attacks and as the invasion of Iraq ears, is a single day in his life. We peek in at every thought that crosses this fellow’s mind over the course and react with him to the events that occur, such as seeing a flaming plane cross the London sky, getting mugged by a trio of toughs, losing a squash match to his buddy. Ian McEwan - from his site - Photo Credit: Annalena McAfee Saturday is no one’ [...]

    16. McEwan is one of my favourite authors and that is why this review is so painful for me, trust me. I put a lot of effort to like this book and understand it, to read between the lines, find a hidden meaning. But I failed to comprehend it. It’s meaningless and it frustrates me that I don’t know what message McEwan was trying to send. Saturday is set in 2003, two years after the 9/11 attacks and in the middle of Iraq invasion. It presents a single day in narrator’s life. Harry has a well-paid [...]

    17. Saturday, a day in the life of a neurosurgeon, is my first experience with Ian McEwan, and I'm afraid it didn't go well for me. The tedious writing style with umpteen unnecessary subject matters thrown in pretty much put me off. There are a couple of OH NO! moments though, and I did want to find out how the good doctor handled his (view spoiler)[revengeful (hide spoiler)] last surgery of the day, so 3 Stars it is and a hopeful move forward to Atonement bc I happen to own that novel too.

    18. Rare is the author who can write a compelling story in clear prose. Rarer still is the author who can create fine and distinct layers of meaning while maintaining that clear narrative. Ian McEwan is one of those authors. In the tradition of "Mrs. Dalloway," "Saturday" traces the ordinary activities of an ordinary man, neurologist Henry Preowne. Against the backdrop of a huge anti-war march in London, Henry goes about his daily activities -- a squash game, checking in on his patients at the hospi [...]

    19. Sabato è un romanzo che conferma la grande capacità di McEwan come narratore, un racconto che mi è rimasto dentro e che mi ha scosso, colpendomi in maniera profonda. Fin dall'inizio ci si rende conto che quello descritto non è un sabato qualunque nella vita del nostro protagonista e man mano che si va avanti, in un crescendo di tensione e di avvenimenti dalle tinte sempre più drammatiche, è chiaro che quella raccontata è una storia che va oltre la semplice cronaca di un giorno molto sfort [...]

    20. I hated this book. He's a great writer but this was pure bullshit. The best doctor in London married to the best lawyer in London, their kids a world class guitarist and a world class poet, the grandfather a world class poet too and even the goddamn grandmother was a channel swimmer. Isn't there one damn slacker in the whole group? Just one fat daughter who dated a criminal amputee and worked at the 7-11? please? I believed this book for a fast 2.5 seconds. Every punch is pulled. I wanted the cr [...]

    21. No spoilers here. This book explores the events of Henry Perowne's Saturday, which I can kind of see as a metaphor for a person's life. You start out with nothing but potential, events happen, and each day ends with its own sort of oblivion - sleep. As with Atonement, McEwan's prose in this book was simply delicious. At the end of this review are some of my favorite passages that I just needed to type out for my own memory's sake.But I also think that reading Atonement first spoiled me. I was ex [...]

    22. I guess it speaks volumes that many days have passed since I finished Saturday and I really didn’t have too much to say about it. It was very well written—the story pulled me swiftly along until the end (once I finally committed to starting the novel). I liked the main character, Henry, well enough. Saturday made me realize what privileged lives we lead in the developed world. What passes for a bad day for Henry (minor car accident, bad squash game, visit to his mother with dementia, disagre [...]

    23. Saturday is a compelling and gripping novel, sometimes quite dark but certainly worth it for its historical references and emotional family stories.

    24. A day in the life of a neurosurgeon? Sounds interesting enough. A day in the life of a neurosurgeon, which just happens to be the day when a curious chain of events culminates in the aforementioned neurosurgeon performing an emergency operation upon the man who threatened to slit the throat of his wife and rape his daughter? Does that sound better, or just trashier?This book works thanks to the detail. I'm not sure if it's McEwan (I must reread Atonement and read some of his other books; Endurin [...]

    25. I took this book out of desperation. There seems to be so little good fiction out there at the moment. I wish I hadn’t. I began to hope that Saturday would become Sunday very quickly as I started to read. I think McEwan gets by on his literary accolades alone. Apparently he won the Booker Prize for Amsterdam in 1998. He has also written 8 other novels. I would dare another publisher to take him on under a pseudonym – and to succeed.McEwan, as always, dwells on the damage and darkness of life [...]

    26. (Quasi) sempre alti e bassi con McEwan.C’è poco da fare: il suo stile elegante è uno dei punti di forza. Solo che ci mette davvero poco a diventare lezioso e indolente. Me lo immagino, il buon Ian, lì nella sua villetta di Oxford coi gomiti appoggiati sulla scrivania di legno pregiato e un bicchiere di scotch a portata di mano - le Variazioni Goldberg in sottofondo - mentre immagina storie di professionisti dallo status sociale invidiabile e dalle abitudini costose che si muovono in vestagl [...]

    27. Atonement was a great novel, a pretty good movie as well. But Saturday is tighter, a more personal novel, more focused and perhaps more human. I originally got interested in this book as it was compared to Proust and I wanted to get the gist without slogging through thousands of pages to get that done. The action is almost entirely in Perowne's head, which really gave me a glimpse into McEwan himself. I suppose I think it's impossible to get outside one's own thoughts, I think that might be part [...]

    28. Found this at the neighborhood Salvation Army thrift store, and since I’d read several glowing reviews when it came out in ’05, I decided to take the plunge and read a contemporary novel by one of literature’s big names. Right off the bat I can’t recall when a novel has ever filled me with more resentment that Ian McEwan’s Saturday did. Some other reviewer referred to its “medical porn” (the protagonist is a brain surgeon) but the real porn has to do with wealth and cultural entitl [...]

    29. as usual expertly written - so why 2 stars? Because it is stupidly unbelievable - the hero is not only a great brain surgeon but an excellent squash player and a good cook, with a beautiful wife who loves him, a son who is a marvellous bass player (tutored by Jack Bruce!), and a daughter who is not only a good poet (and just out of her teenage years), but an award winning one too. The parents too are distinguished. There are maybe families like this around but I've never met them or known anyone [...]

    30. I was inundated with information of no use to me because I don't know anything about:1. Neurosurgery, including the tools used and the technical/Latin names of brain parts2. Blues Guitar, including technique, songs and performers3. Modern Art, including the names of painters as if I'm familiar enough with them to understand a metaphorThere were also scattered instances where I had to re-read sentences because McEwan used what looked to me to be a noun's possessive form, but was in reality a cont [...]

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