Saturday by Ian McEwan

Saturday

Ian McEwan

A day in the life of one man, his family, colleagues, friends and foes. But this is no ordinary day, this is the day that millions flocked to London to protest against war, the day that Henry is forced to face a personal dilemma. Ian McEwan's characters are so strong and convincingly real that I didn't feel I was observing Henry's life but actually living it with him. I enjoyed this book immensely.


Extract

Standing here, as immune to the cold as a marble statue, gazing towards Charlotte Street, towards a foreshortened jumble of facades, scaffolding and pitched roofs, Henry thinks the city is a success, a brilliant invention, a biological masterpiece - millions teeming around the accumulated and layered achievements of the centuries, as though around a coral reef, sleeping, working, entertaining themselves, harmonious for the most part, nearly everyone wanting it to work. And the Perownes' own corner, a triumph of congruent proportion; the perfect square laid out by John Adam enclosing a perfect circle of garden - an eighteenth century dream bathed and embraced by modernity, by street light from above, and from below by fibre-optic cables, and cool fresh water coursing down pipes, and sewage borne away in an instant of forgetting.
An habitual observer of his own moods, he wonders about this sustained, distorting euphoria.

Parallels
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  • London by Edward Rutherford

Books with similar mood

Long Black Veil

Jennifer Finney Boylan

The People's Train

Thomas Keneally

The Tango Singer

Tomas Eloy Martinez

Waiting for the Night-Rowers

Roger Moulson

Amaryllis Night and Day

Russell Hoban

Tail of the Blue Bird

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Lanny

Max Porter

Little

Edward Carey

Salamander

Thomas Wharton

The Tiger's Wife

Tea Obreht

Black Mamba Boy

Nadifa Mohamed

The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden

Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie

Heads We Win

Amy Gdala

The Resurrectionists

Michael Collins

I Am Forbidden

Anouk Markovits

Piranisi

Susanna Clarke

Murmur

Will Eaves

Holy Fire

Bruce Sterling

Answering Back

Carol Ann Duffy

My Name is Mary Sutter

Robin Oliviera

Austerlitz

W G Sebald

Ancestor Stones

Aminatta Forna

The Forgetting Time

Sharon Guskin

The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu

The Age of Magic

Ben Okri

The Gospel of Us

Owen Sheers

Transatlantic

Colum McCann

City of the Beasts

Isabel Allende

Quicksilver

Christie Dickason

The Years of Rice and Salt

Kim Stanley Robinson

Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Shani Mootoo

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

Holophin

Luke Kennard

And the Land Lay Still

James Robertson

Elizabeth Costello

J M Coetzee

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees

Alberto Manguel

From the Mouth of the Whale

Sjon -

Foreign Bodies

Cynthia Ozick

Balthasar's Odyssey

Amin Maalouf

101 Poems by 101 Women

Germaine Greer (editor)

After Such Kindness

Gaynor Arnold

Gold

Chris Cleave

The Calligrapher's Secret

Rafik Schami

Ocean Sea

Alessandro Baricco

The Breakage

Glyn Maxwell

The Chimes

Anna Smaill

The Taste of Apple Seeds

Katharina Hagena

Bee Journal

Sean Borodale