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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 masterful novel set within a singl...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781400076192
ISBN-10: 1400076196
Publication Date: 4/11/2006
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 210 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed Saturday on + 377 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: 3
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: 2
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 + 3 more book reviews
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.
sharonc9630 avatar reviewed Saturday on + 63 more book reviews
I read to page 61 of this book and just stopped reading. Sorry but it could not hold my interest. It was too detailed and went on and on about nothing in particular. I felt no suspense, no page-turner building ..nothing. I would not recommend this book.
lovescoffee avatar reviewed Saturday on + 50 more book reviews
Minute by minute account of one day in the life of a neurosurgeon. I hated the first half of the first chapter. It gets much better after that. I especially enjoyed the play-by-play in the operating room. It's very technical, but put in terms even a layman can understand. It was sometimes easy to tell what might happen next, but there are still a few curveballs. I will definitely read more of this author's work!


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