Monday, July 7, 2008

Saturday - Ian McEwan

saturday
ian mcewan
c. 2005
304 pages
completed 7/3/2008

*may contain spoilers*

This has been my favorite new read so far this year. I loved this book. Which leads me to wonder why it would be one of the books removed from the 1001 list.

I'm so glad I decided to give McEwan the benefit of the doubt after reading The Cement Garden. Glad this went the way of Atonement instead.

This book was filled with beautiful language. So much so that for a few seconds after I was done, I wanted to be a poet (but then I remembered my not so stellar relationship with poetry). Henry's day was so simple and easy, a Saturday to be filled with nothing but life's pleasures, yet one minor inconvenience changed not only his day, but in someway probably his life, forever.

I don't know what else to say. This book basically ran through Henry's thought process of his extra-ordinary Saturday. And I loved it.

5/5

3 comments:

Katherine said...

I'm embarrassed to say this, but I've never read anything by McEwan. However, Atonement is on my nightstand as I write--here's to hoping I can get to it soon!

Michelle said...

I'm choosing to ignore the new additions and subtractions to the 1001 list. Why mess with a good thing, eh? I have a love/hate relationship with Ian McEwan. Even the books I couldn't stand when I finished (Comfort of Strangers) I still loved because of McEwan's wonderful voice. Haven't gotten around to Saturday as yet.

Veronica said...

Katherine,

Atonement is one of my favorite books, and I thought the movie was a really good adaptation.

Michelle,

I agree with the love/hate relationship. I think his books are just really hit or miss.