Neurosurgeon Henry Perowne enjoys life immensely and considers himself fortunate to love the woman he's married to. As he makes his way through an immense London crowd of Iraq protestors, he has a minor automobile accident. His trained eye immediately senses something neurologically wrong with Baxter, the other driver. So when the confrontational Baxter visits the Perowne home later that evening and events take a tragic turn, it is Henry who must employ his skills to save Baxter.
McEwan has been hailed as "one of the most gifted literary storytellers alive" by The New Republic, and Saturday is further proof of that claim.
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"Dazzling." (The New York Times)
"A wise and poignant portrait of the way we live now." (Publishers Weekly)
"McEwan is as provocative, transporting, and brilliant as ever as he considers both our vulnerability and our strength, particularly our ability to create sanctuary in a violent world." (Booklist)
Saturday is a total disaster for anyone looking for good literature. While the audiobook production is first rate, the substance isn't there: the narrative is just that, the author flashing a fancy vocabulary while describing characters and their actions. As a result, the characters are totally one dimensional - I think it is almost an hour in before there is even dialogue. Characters come alive by their actions, words and thoughts (e.g., Lonesome Dove, Vernon God Little), not by pure description.
It seemed as though the work was trying to imitate "To the Lighthouse" and the introspection of the author, but the character here is a boring middle-aged man with no particular insights of any significance. DON'T waste your money.
Disappointing... kept waiting for the story to begin.... guess this is a day in the life... but did not bring the reader in enough to care for the characters that were described in an interesting fashion...
Usually love McEwan...not this time!
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