by Ian McEwan | Other |
ISBN: 0385511809 Global Overview for this book
Registered by FuryIII on 4/30/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by FuryIII on Saturday, April 30, 2005
Ian McEwan writes beautiful prose, and that for me is nearly as much of a pleasure as the stories he tells. He has a wonderful way of delving into the minutiae of a moment and teasing it out so that one believes one has lived it.

[i]Saturday[/i] follows 24 hours in the life of neurosurgeon Henry Perowne in that unsteady time following September 11, 2001, and just prior to the start of the war in Iraq. McEwan makes good use of that uncertainty in telling Perowne's story, and few authors that I've read have accepted September 11th as an historical flashpoint as McEwan has done here in such a matter-of-fact way. As is generally the way with McEwan's stories, random discord enters the scene to really muck up the works, and the resolution is not terribly surprising, but is nonetheless satisfying.

Although Perowne's political musings occassionally become excessive and repetitious, the story generally moves with the fluidity of a day, and the discourses on the blues are instructive and enjoyable. And of course, I really enjoyed the brain surgery.

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