The prose simple and approachable while simultaneously beautiful and elegant. This isn't a 'car chase with a big twist' - book.
The way Saturday comes across is 'matter of fact-ly' benevolent and non-judgmental. This perspective was entirely refreshing to me. I'd like the McEwan to write a day of my life - he seem like he's be able to find the kind of time to explore and examine a life that we may not be able to find for ourselves. It really is quite an amazing, luxurious point of view I simply loved.
It does have a very feminine sensibility. I can't really put my finger on it, but the tone of the whole book is very soft and feminine. It is a departure for me - when I think about it the other books I love, they tend to be very masculine and unforgiving. That being said, I would still include it among my favorite books - easily making into my Top Ten list.
You have to like a meditative, introspective literary narrator but this book is eloquent, with many perfect moments to it. True, the reader's attempt at women's voices is pretty bad, but I forgave that because I was so caught up in the book.
...a better narrator. She is at least more articulate and and has a much better trained falsetto! The novel however is shere genius and I think that fact is missed by the other commentators here because of the insipid mulings of the narrrator. This novel is clever, poignant and sinks deeply into the post-modern angst where genuine love in a family can still exist. The humor is delightful. I have read few scenes with a more contained wit than when Daisy reads "her" poem to Baxter- the bad guy but also the sick guy. And with genuine human compassion in the midst of thier own crisis Henry sees beyond the immediate danger into the uncontrollable suffering of Baxter's source of pain and crisis. Then with a deft mixing of this carefully crafted matrix McEwen draws the story line and the lives of these real people into a sharp focus about where we as a society are today both out there in the crowd and in the privacy of our homes and loved ones.
Oh my goodness - I found this book excruciating to listen to. I managed to endure about 4 hours of part one, and then simply could not continue.
I really enjoyed the beginning, thinking that here was a author who was really skilled at colorful descriptive writing. Soon, however, it became apparent, that this book has the feel of an assignment given to an english major. The assignment would have been, "write a novel with minimal plot, but maximal descriptive elements. Every step, breath, character, bird, car, twig, even a fight, are detailed in minute detail, using laborious, excessive language.
This author is obviously trying to impress readers with his mastery of the English Language, which is unquestionably good, but makes for a terrible novel.
i have read (listened) to several hundred books on audible and i am always looking for a new author. i first started with his reading of on chesil beach and was blown away and immediatly downloaded saturday, which was just extraordinary. how fortunate we are to have someone of his talent. he's in a class by himself.
I thought it was me. But after reading all these reviews I realize my taste in books is still intact. I'm giving this book a low rating based on about an hour and a half of listening to its incredible nothingness. Thanks to all for saving me some valuable time.
"Seinfeld" was called the sitcom about nothing. This is a novel about nothing. Sherlock Holmes could not find a plot in this awful hodgepodge.
I finished this novel while hoping that there was something redemptive on the way. It was not to be. If you enjoy watching paint dry, then this is a book for you.
I can't imagine this book being read any better
I have listened to hundreds of audio books. This is my favorite of all and the only novel I've ever listened twice. Capturing the various thoughts of a person's everyday thoughts, feelings and ideas so well and yet so subtlety was very impressive and is what makes this book a masterpiece, in my opinion. My favorite audio book and possibly my favorite of any book I have ever read.
I was reading the book for a class on 21st Century British Lit. Had I not been reading this for a class, I may not have made it to the end. It took a very long time for anything at all to happen and when it finally did... Well, you will see... if you make it that far. There's a dragging quality, lots of day dreaming and set up for later occurrences. Not as much a question of time well spent as just the fact that it takes a really long time to finally feel like you are into the plot.
There are lots of changes I would have made to make it a little more believable. However, I would be giving away the story and since there's not much that happens I would like to leave a little suspense for future readers.
The narration is very slow and has lots of pauses. I had downloaded on my Mac and for some reason this recording would not allow me to speed up the narration.
I really see no need for a follow up book.
I really enjoyed this book! All of the action takes place in 24 hours and the prose is quite beautiful.