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Author: Ian McEwan
From the pen of a master — the #1 bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Atonement — comes an astonishing novel that captures the fine balance of happiness and the unforeseen threats that can destroy it. A brilliant, thrilling page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. — Saturday is a maste...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385511803
ISBN-10: 0385511809
Publication Date: 3/22/2005
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 186 ratings
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed Saturday on + 378 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
A beautiful, full-circle story that begins looking out into the nighttime London sky on a Saturday morning, and ends looking out into the nighttime London sky on a Sunday. During Perowne's Saturday, a minor incident snowballs into a horrible confrontation. The climax scene is probably the most awkward scene I've ever read (subject matter, not writing). It made me very uncomfortable.

I think McEwan delved a bit into existentialism when writing this - one choice can lead to disasterous, or wonderful, results. Highly recommended for those who enjoy more literary fiction.
reviewed Saturday on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
The story of one eventful day in a man's life. Well written with many interesting descriptions and characters. The book starts out a little slow, but ends strong.
MarchiaLuigi avatar reviewed Saturday on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The author follows a neurosurgeon through one ordinary Saturday, which gradually turns nightmarish.
It starts out slow but takes a hold of the reader as the events start to unfold.
Ian McEwan is an excellent writer in my opinion.
reviewed Saturday on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This novel follows an ordinary man through a Saturday whose high promise gradually turns nightmarish. Henry Perowne - a neurosurgeon, urbane, privileged, deeply in love with his wife & grown children - plans to play a game of squash, visit his elderly mother & cook dinner for the family. But a minor traffic accident leads to an unsettling confrontation.
reviewed Saturday on + 47 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Quite a book... this is not a page turner but what a great study into Harry's mind. An account of an extraordinary day in the lives of some highly intelligent people in ne family. I think McEwan has done an excellent job of examining what makes a mind formulate political conclusions. There is no wonder this book has received so many awards and was selected as One of the Best Books of the Year, by many. An excellent read.
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reviewed Saturday on + 7 more book reviews
A slow start, but well worth the time spent.
reviewed Saturday on + 46 more book reviews
Not very interesting, boring in fact. You really don't care about the characters of what happens.
reviewed Saturday on + 4 more book reviews
Very good.
reviewed Saturday on + 76 more book reviews
very interesting story of one day in the life of a neurosurgeon and his family. very well written. liked it much, much better than his other book (atonement).
reviewed Saturday on + 63 more book reviews
I found it hard to get into this book, but once I did it proved to be a good read.
reviewed Saturday on + 11 more book reviews
McEwan is one of my favorite writers, and I really enjoyed the book.
reviewed Saturday on + 267 more book reviews
Perhaps I misunderstood the premise behind this novel. It took until page 237 to actually have any action or excitement. All it talked about - ad nauseum - was one man's day off. Minute by minute by minute...his activities, his family, his entertainment, etc. Dull, dull, DULL!!! Cannot recommend this to anyone. D.
Paul-RLT avatar reviewed Saturday on + 176 more book reviews
When reading the first 50 pages or so, one is impressed by the author's mastery of English and his technical knowledge of neurosurgery. However, continued reading becomes tedious because the plot is very slow to develop. Then, when action finally takes place, it is not particularly believable.

Overall, I would rate "Atonement" and "The Comfort of Strangers" as better novels by this author.
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A very though provoking book. I found it to be a bit slow in spots but overall very engrossing -- especially the last 100 pages or so.