Saturday

Saturday

by IanMcEwan (Author)

Synopsis

Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind and proud father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world - the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city and his happy family life are under threat. Later, Perowne makes his way to his weekly squash game through London streets filled with hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors. A minor car accident brings him into a confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive, young man, on the edge of violence. To Perowne's professional eye, there appears to be something profoundly wrong with him. Towards the end of a day rich in incident and filled with Perowne's celebrations of life's pleasures, his family gathers for a reunion. But with the sudden appearance of Baxter, Perowne's earlier fears seem about to be realised.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 17 Dec 2005

ISBN 10: 0099469685
ISBN 13: 9780099469681
Book Overview: Re-jacketed in stunning new series style, Saturday is a gripping novel centering around the London anti-war protest in 2003 from the Booker prize-winning Sunday Times-bestselling Ian McEwan.
Prizes: Winner of BookScan Gold Awards 2007 and James Tait Black Memorial Book Prizes: Fiction 2006. Runner-up for Reading Group Book of the Year 2007.

Media Reviews
Dazzling... Profound and urgent * Observer *
The supreme novelist of his generation * Sunday Times *
He remains at the top of his game - assured, accomplished and ambitious * Daily Telegraph *
A book of great maturity, beautifully alive to the fragility of happiness and all forms of violence... Everyone should read Saturday * Financial Times *
An exemplary novel... It is undoubtedly McEwan's best * Mail on Sunday *
A rich book, sensuous and thoughtful... McEwan has found in Saturday the right form to showcase his dazzling talents * The Times *
Richly laden. McEwan pulls out all the stops. A rich book, sensuous and thoughtful. McEwan has found in Saturday the right form to showcase his dazzling talents * Sunday Telegraph *
A book of great moral maturity, beautifully alive to the fragility of happiness and all forms of violence... Everyone should read Saturday... Artistically, morally and politically, he excels * The Times *
It's the good writing and the truthful and convincing way of rendering consciousness that makes Saturday so engrossing * Colm Toibin *
Saturday is wonderfully involving and affecting on every page. Everybody with any interest in contemporary literature will want to read it at once * Evening Standard *
Author Bio
Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.