Saturday by Ian McEwan


8 Critic Reviews

...his symmetries seem to have gotten the better of him and his art comes perilously close to stifling life altogether.
-NY Times


In his triumphant new novel, Ian McEwan, the bestselling author of Atonement, 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 and grown-up children–plans to play a game of squash, visit his elderly mother, and cook dinner for his family. But after a minor traffic accident leads to an unsettling confrontation, Perowne must set aside his plans and summon a strength greater than he knew he had in order to preserve the life that is dear to him.

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About Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of more than ten books, including the novels The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize, and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award, as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He has also written screenplays, plays, television scripts, a children's book, and the libretto for an oratorio. He lives in London.
Published April 11, 2006 by Anchor. 306 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Saturday
All: 8 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 6


Jan 15 2005

An increasingly mellowed but no less gripping McEwan...portrays a single day in the life of a well-off upper-middle-class Londoner, blessed in every conceivable way.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by ZOE HELLER on Mar 20 2005

...his symmetries seem to have gotten the better of him and his art comes perilously close to stifling life altogether.

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The Independent

Reviewed by James Urquhart on Jan 30 2005

McEwan's superb novel amply demonstrates how good fiction, by dramatising unwieldy and fraught ideas in a deeply personal narrative, can fashion the world into gobbets sometimes more digestible than factual reportage.

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Reviewed by Jeff Gomez on Mar 22 2005

Even though the novel doesn’t quite collapse under the weight of its structure, it does sag a bit in the middle

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New York Magazine

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Reviewed by Keith Gessen on May 21 2005

There is a technical mastery to the constructions that borders on the clinical and mirrors the characters’ own lack of affect. If the people in McEwan’s novels occasionally wonder why they cannot feel, one occasionally wonders if it isn’t because McEwan never taught them how.

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Harvard Book Review

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Reviewed by Amelia Atlas

If McEwan's greatest strength in Saturday is the atmospheric sense of foreboding he manages to build so steadily, his efforts to propose a means of escape from this endless uncertainty prove less convincing

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January Magazine

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Reviewed by Edward Champion

What's interesting is that Saturday...may be the most plotless of his novels yet.

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Free Range Reading

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Reviewed by Mark Sampson on Apr 09 2010

It is true that, as a novelist, Ian McEwan generally errs on the side of pure clinical technique rather than unfettered artistic expression, and this aesthetic is in obvious display in Saturday.

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