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.
Interesting, and entertaining, filled with facts and history but far too many recipes from the middle ages... its about 40% spectacular and 60% LONG. The narrator is excellent, I think the narrator did one of the Ender's Game series - very well done. I recommend it if you have a lot of time on your hands - or a passion for 3rd century fermented fish sauce recipes.
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