I finally finished this book, and as I expected it was really worth the wordiness. The book is a story revolving around a family, in particular the father, and his day - Saturday. The entirety of the book is set in one day. It touches on many things, medical, societal, but mainly political (Westerners point of view post 9/11). I found my thoughts about it arranged in neat bullet points in my head, and thus my review shall follow suit.
- McEwan's style is the epitome of writing finesse. Poetic is an understatement.
- Politically sound.
- A wonderful insight on individuality and culture
- Gripping, especially at the end. I finished the last third of the book all in one go, I couldn't put it down.
- Biased, but in a logical non offensive way. The main figure is clearly brainwashed but recognizes it.
- Has lots of details about neurosurgery (the lead's profession), which I found very interesting.
- I found it a bit dated (released in 2006). Lots of issues discussed were about Saddam, Iraq, Cheney etc.
- Maybe for some readers, McEwan's style of writing might be tedious. He tends to start very very slow and detailed, and leaves the climax at the very end.
I definitely recommend it.
Amazon link: Saturday