Saturday

by Ian McEwan | Other |
ISBN: 0385511809 Global Overview for this book
Registered by liz-z of Parma Heights, Ohio USA on 4/28/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by liz-z from Parma Heights, Ohio USA on Saturday, April 28, 2007
One of the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

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As McEwan writers, “When anything can happen, everything matters.” Saturday magnifies a pivotal moment in history and a day in a man’s life as secure foundations crack and uncertainty rushes in. While critics cited different overriding themes, Saturday explores ideas of fate and purpose, life’s fragility, revelation, and terror at all levels of society. McEwan, an enduring talent in Britain combines “literary seriousness” with a “momentum more commonly associated with genre fiction.” The result is an intricate, captivating novel defined by a “serene tension” that erupts into a dark reality despite its hero’s optimism (New York Times Book Review).

McEwan brilliantly builds many layers of reality from small details. Henry-a sympathetic, if conflicted, character-knows he can examine people’s brains, but not understand their minds. His ruminations on surgery, lovemaking, music, war (he’s pro-war), and literature (he’s clueless) rise to a crescendo as he slowly questions his own motives and actions. In dazzling, authoritative prose, McEwan depicts this growing anxiety with a calmness that is soon violated.

Journal Entry 2 by liz-z from Parma Heights, Ohio USA on Monday, April 30, 2007
I really enjoyed this book. The slow build up had me enthralled. Most of all I was touched by the love that Henry has for his wife.

Journal Entry 3 by liz-z at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 31, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (5/31/2007 UTC) at Bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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I really enjoyed this book and I hope the next reader will as well.

Journal Entry 4 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Saturday, June 16, 2007
Glad to have a copy of this. I also have Atonement on Mt. TBR. I've heard so much about this author.

Journal Entry 5 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I probably shouldn't have read this so soon after reading Atonement, which was a far superior book. Still, I felt this book had something important to say about a moment in time between 9/11 and the start of the Iraq war. The protagonist is incredibly privileged, so much so that reading about him is sort of annoying. He's a brain surgeon, married to a beautiful, successful lawyer in a loving and perfect marriage, with two perfect, talented children: a poet daughter and jazz musician son. Yet, the slow build up of the day in his life and the reflection on the way in which world events color the personal lives of everyone was a powerful message. Recommended for McEwan fans. Those new to his writing should read Atonement instead.

Journal Entry 6 by msjoanna at Columbia, Missouri USA on Friday, June 26, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (6/26/2015 UTC) at Columbia, Missouri USA

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Journal Entry 7 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Friday, July 03, 2015
Arrived in the mail yesterday. Thank you!

Journal Entry 8 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Monday, November 07, 2016
I thought I had read this but I see no journal entry. I might get to it before someone in bookstogive's book box requests it. We'll see.

Journal Entry 9 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Monday, December 25, 2017
One day in the life of surgeon Henry Perowne. Comfortably settled in London, he is nevertheless beset by fears about the state of the world. It is 2003.

We follow Henry as he goes through his day, up to the dramatic good night.

I read this some time ago and cannot remember details, only that I liked it and it was quick and easy to read.

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