March 25, 2006

When Saturday comes

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4 out of 5 stars

Saturday - Ian McEwan: McEwan pulls another one out of pretty much the top drawer here. Saturday, as the title implies, covers one (rather long) day in the life of Henry Perowne, renowned neurosurgeon. It is the day of the big anti-war demo and this offers an interesting back drop to proceedings as Henry deals with the traffic and the attitude of his daughter Daisy, an aspiring poet, towards Iraq. The story focuses on interactions (somewhat, but not entirely, incredible) between Perowne and a thug he happens to encounter and the effects on his family. Baxter (the thug) features in a number of compellingly intense scenarios but too much detail would give things away.

Overall this latest offering is genuinely very good and is brilliantly written but just doesn't quite fully convince – the family arrangements and personal interactions seem odd at times and the no doubt accurate medical detail is overdone and too clever by half.

Well worth a read though.


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