Saturday

Saturday

Book - 2005
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"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."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed. in the United States of America.
ISBN: 9780385511803
0385511809
Call Number: MCEWAN
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: London (England) -- Fiction.
Road rage -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Fiction.
World politics -- Fiction.
Family reunions -- Fiction.
Middle-aged men -- Fiction.
Traffic accidents -- Fiction.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Protest movements -- Fiction.
Neurosurgeons -- Fiction.

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Pisinga
Aug 07, 2016

Started to read. 40 pages - there is only one thing, more or less, that had happened - - the main character is waken in the middle of the night and put his night robe. Couldn't go further for reading. Too many "letters" for not too much happenings.

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jr3083
Mar 08, 2016

Reminiscent of Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway' this book follows one day in the life of a London neurosurgeon who thinks he has witnessed a terrorist incident only to find that terror reaches him in a completely different way. McEwan captures brilliantly our post 9/11 anxiety. Very good.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

A London neurosurgeon who has everything going for him wakes up to a Saturday like no other, and realizes by the end of the day that he has crossed the bar into middle age.

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ktallent
Dec 12, 2014

I've been binge reading McEwan this fall. While doing so I've discovered a bit of a pattern in his novels. Successful rationalist professionals, central London, outside agitators (Baxter in Saturday) (Jed Perry in Enduring Love) and heart pumping scenes of emotional cat and mouse. McEwan may not mix it up but he is certainly a master at what he does. He does upper class anxiety and tension better than almost anybody.

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Cecilturtle
Apr 21, 2014

This is another outstanding novel by McEwan. In just a few swift strikes, taking mundane and severe events, the author is able to show us the complex roles a man can have, as he stands alone, in a family, in a social and professional realm, in an urban setting and as a citizen of the world. Using these concentric circle, McEwan weaves in our moral, global responsibilities and our local and inner actions which all define who we are and how we are connected to all human beings despite our not realizing it. I found it absolutely brilliant!

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lukasevansherman
Dec 18, 2013

Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes will probably have to duke it out for greatest living British author (suck it Amis). They both seem like pretty modest guys who write @ a steady pace and produced a high quality of work rather than one big masterpiece. Along with "Atonement," this is McEwan's signature novel, the story of a neurosurgeon in the course of one day, set in London shortly before the Iraq War. I always like McEwan without, you know, like liking him. And, of course, any book set on one day is bound to have the shadow of "Ulysses" hanging over it.

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stewh
Sep 26, 2013

Short compelling novel. Very personal feel, very wide perspective. I enjoyed it a lot.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

As successful, happily married neurosurgeon Henry Perowne negotiates his way through the crowds protesting the invasion of Iraq (he's on his way to a squash game), he gets drawn into a confrontation with Baxter, a small-time thug, whom he embarrasses in the course of defusing the situation. That same evening, Baxter visits the Perowne home to exact revenge for what he sees as his public humiliation, resulting in a scene so tense you'll be able to feel it. Though the events of this novel take place during the course of a single Saturday, Henry is a compassionate man who considers the world around him, so discourses on surgery, terrorism, art, and gratitude are all part of this "wise and poignant portrait of the way we live now" (Publishers Weekly).

Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2013.

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joelibrarybook
Sep 15, 2012

A fast read. rather wordy for a novel that has a short time frame. I guess the prose was descriptive but I kept finding myself doing lots of skimming over the surface.

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jalyth
Mar 10, 2011

I couldn't finish this book. I was that bored by it.

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lms Jul 17, 2009

A neurologist spends time reflecting post Sept 11 in London on his career as a Brain Surgeon, his relationships and life. Rare and authentic

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srumfeldt
Aug 05, 2008

I would like to read this book again for the philosophy and the poetry. Details about the operations reveal the fact that McEwan has been researching his subject. The author is probably as well a painter because his descriptions are done from one who has studied his subjects.

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