The book club book this month was Saturday by Ian McEwan. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve only read one other Ian McEwan book, Atonement, but I enjoyed that too.
Saturday is about a brain surgeon, Henry Perowne. Perowne and his family live in London. Saturday follows him through one Saturday of his life. I couldn’t help liking Perowne and in a way I think I identified with him. McEwan is able to capture how nothing in life is black and white, whether it be the war in Iraq or the man with whom Perowne has a minor car accident.
McEwan’s ability to make you see and feel the place and the people is another reason that I enjoyed Saturday so much. I liked his descriptions of London, of his house, of the music his son plays, of his wife, of his daughter’s poetry and especially of his visit to his mother who no longer knows him. They were all astoundingly real to me.
I understand that McEwan’s early books where very macabre. I doubt that I would like them. Saturday and Atonement are, on the other hand, warm and loving. They are the kind of books that stay with you and make an impression on your life.