Saturday by Ian McEwan

I read Atonement over three years ago and at that time, I was taken aback at the beauty of Ian McEwan’s language and book structure. It remains one of my favorite books so I decided to give one of McEwan’s other books a try. Saturday retains McEwan’s amazing use of language in the richest and most accurate descriptions. Every sentence is finely crafted and words are paired in ways unimaginable. The book blends medical-speak with a main character cast as an reflective surgeon and politics amid the background of the city’s war protests. The novel gets increasingly more political as it goes on, weighing the options of going to war in Iraq. There are some interesting insights and comparisons of politics but the topic gets a bit tiring partially because the the book is all the extension of one day told in around 300 pages. The plot isn’t particularly exciting; there a few interesting situations including a car crash and gangster run-in, though. Overall, this isn’t as well crafted a work as Atonement because the structure of telling the story of one day makes the novel drag. But McEwan continues to impress on the language front. He certainly is one of the best writers of the modern day. I encourage you to pick up any of his books, if only to revel in the turns of phrase and pointed descriptions.

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