Saturday, a novel, by Ian McEwan
Posted by austinburns on May 4, 2006
The book was very interesting. The main character is a neurosurgeon who is spending his day off, a Saturday, doing various errands. But the book isn't about any of these errands. It is more about a forty-odd man coming to terms with a post 9/11 world. It's set in 2003, right before the war in Iraq. There's hundreds of thousands of protesters in the streets of London, and all of these things come together in the end. The novel is also about cause and effect and about how one little decision can change the outcome of a lifetime.
I started reading the book after Slate's podcasts were advertising a book club podcast that was about to get going. Their first book didn't interest me, but I remember almost buying this book when it came out. Now it's in paperback and it's lovely.
I agree with the reviewer who advises you to read the last 100 pages in one sitting. This is necessary. The last 100 pages fly by and they are well worth it.
Highly recommended reading.