Audiobook CD - 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: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p2005.
ISBN: 9781419340444
Call Number: MCEWAN
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (11 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: London (England) -- Fiction.
Road rage -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Fiction.
World politics -- Fiction.
Family reunions -- Fiction.
Middle-aged men -- Fiction.
Compact discs, Book.
Traffic accidents -- Fiction.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Protest movements -- Fiction.
Neurosurgeons -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Crossley, Steven


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Jul 31, 2014

Henry Perowne seems to be in the middle of just about everything in his life: he’s middle aged, in between children (his kids are grown & there are no grandchildren yet), he’s between generations (his & his wife’s parents and his kids), he lives in the middle of London, etc. Also, the world is in the middle, caught between 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war. It’s a time of pivot and change, it seems.
And change it does. In the course of a day, Henry has to face many of his thoughts & ideas after a confrontation puts his family into jeopardy.
The book takes place in Henry’s minds, with all its minutia and wandering thoughts, its worries, prejudices, ideas. It’s a fascinating look at one man’s inner life, thoughts and reasoning. Henry Perowne is his own man and yet he’s every one of us, too.
Ian McEwan's writing is wonderful. I'll be reading more of his books.

Mar 16, 2012

To each his own. I didn't care for this one at all. 3 of 10 for me.

Jul 08, 2011

Descriptive writing to the point of frustration and utter boredom. I could not finish this book after 2/3 of the way.

VanessaM Sep 11, 2009

One of my top 3 favorite Ian McEwan books! On the longlist for the Man Booker prize, this is can't stop listening edge-of-your seat suspense. Often I would arrive at my destination and not be able to get out of the car.

Some of the coincidences are a little unlikely, but the conclusion is not to be missed. Great for a road trip.


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