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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning [Kindle Edition]

Alan Sillitoe
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‘That rarest of all finds: a genuine no-punches-pulled, unromanticised working class novel. Mr Sillitoe is a born writer, who knows his milieu and describes it with vivid, loving precision.’ Daily Telegraph

‘His writing has real experience in it and an instinctive accuracy that never loses its touch. His book has a glow about it as though he had plugged it into some basic source of the working-class spirit.’ Guardian

‘Miles nearer the real thing than D.H.Lawrence's mystic, brooding working-men ever came.’ Sunday Express

‘Outspoken and vivid.’ Sunday Times

‘A refreshing originality.’ Times Literary Supplement

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This cult classic of working class life in post-war Nottingham follows the exploits of rebellious factory worker Arthur Seaton and is introduced by Richard Bradford.

Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting hooligan, he knows what he wants, and he's sharp enough to get it.

Before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women become the stuff of local gossip. But then one evening he meets a young girl and life begins to look less simple…

First published in 1958, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ achieved instant critical acclaim and helped to establish Alan Sillitoe as one of the greatest British writers of his generation. The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (29 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YBU2YK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Sillitoe - Saturday Night & Sunday Morning 26 Mar 2010
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Wonderful. Anyone who decries the current trend of youngsters to binge drink need only to read this novel to know what a false "current" issue it is, and that it's been going on for years and probably always will. Saturday Night & Sunday Morning is a fantastic working-class manifesto which anyone stuck in a drab repetitive job, yearning for the reckless release of the weekend, regardless of class, will be able to relate to. A Love on the Dole for the fifties, a vernacular and cultural masterpiece. It's fun, it's eventful, it's charmingly written, and its protagonist is shockingly likeable. His pell-mell rush at life is admirable and charming, despite his caddishness (it even seduces his girlfriend to be, a sort I would have thought would be rather put off!). This is very enjoyable stuff. One of the best British novels of the century certainly: there aren't that many novels that define what exactly it is like to live in a certain class at a certain age in a certain decade in this country, but this is one of them. Viva British fiction!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sillitoe's Landmark Debut Novel 28 April 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Alan Sillitoe's 1958 debut novel was a landmark in British fiction, providing a brilliantly realistic and visceral depiction of working class life in the North of England (Nottingham, to be precise). Of course, depictions of such UK life experiences had been common previously, in works by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jack London, Robert Tressell and Walter Greenwood (to name but a few), but Sillitoe's version was an outstanding tale covering life in post-WWII Britain - and, for me, is still unsurpassed, in terms of anything that I have read in this category. The novel was, of course, made into the equally groundbreaking 1960 film starring Albert Finney and directed by Karel Reisz.

SNASM charts the life and experiences of anti-hero and factory worker Arthur Seaton, as he struggles to come to terms with (or knuckle under) the authority figures in his life (father, foremen, police, army) and to resist the potential stultifying effects of being drawn into a long-term relationship (and even, heaven forbid, marriage) with any one of the loves of his life. Sillitoe's creation in Arthur ranks for me alongside other great post-WWII literary anti-heroes, such as J D Salinger's Holden Caulfield and Arthur Burgess' head droog Alex. Sillitoe's prose is a mix of raw, dialectical rants (frequently delivered by Arthur) and more studied, reflective passages, particularly where Arthur cogitates the meaning of his existence and his likely future. In telling his tale, Sillitoe is unflinching in his depiction of the prevailing political backdrop of the period, where women were expected to know their place and anyone from outside the closed community clique was viewed with suspicion, particularly if this involved a different skin colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Local analysis 14 Dec 2010
As a resident of Nottingham, having lived here for almost 50
years it was a pleasure to read this book. The local vocabulary
is spot on and although the author has somewhat got a little confused
with his local geography, it was still a very accurate account of
what took place in and around the Raleigh Cycle factory in the early to
mid fities.
I would strongly recommend readers to include this in their collection
since it is almost autobiographical with Sillitoe placing himself in
the principal character's persona. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 5 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
lads have been the same down the ages,this book reminds me of my earlier years in a time long gone
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4.0 out of 5 stars You should read it 10 Oct 2012
By Pepper TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I really enjoyed this novel and found it very easy to read. It shows a good insight into the working class in the post-war period. I found the protagonist likable and "real." I'd recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 22 Nov 2010
By TKr
Silitoe wrote two masterpieces, The Loneliness of the long Distance runner and Saturday Night and Sunday morning. Unfortunately none of his other later works matched this success. This book tells the story of a working class lad who lives sexually aggressive and dresses expensively as a form of rebellion against the live that has been mapped out for him. In the end he gives in and takes the quiet live with a boring girl. The rebellion is over and the system has swallowed him. Today, I find the working class part of the book actually rather offensive as the main character does not really have any dignity. His life is controlled by outside forces and he is a victim who does not even understand those forces. However, these days I find the book interesting from a different perspective. I do not see it so much as a book about class or specifically working class life. I see it more as a book that describes the universal experience of being a man in modern society. The man is seen as a provider whose path in life is pre-determined. The protagonist has affairs with the wives of his colleagues so the ultimatre iron ylies in the fact that the man as a provider actually bores his wife who then seeks pleasure elsewhere. But life is merciless and the young hero ends up the same way. For me, the book is really important for men who want to question their role in society.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J C E Hitchcock TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Alan Sillitoe was one of a number of young writers who emerged in the late fifties and sixties and who have become known as the "kitchen sink" school. (Other members of the group included the novelists Stan Barstow, John Braine, David Storey and Barry Hines and playwrights such as John Osborne and Shelagh Delaney). Their work was distinguished by a social-realist concentration on working-class life, often with a provincial setting.

"Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" from 1958 was Sillitoe's first novel, and probably the one for which he is best known today. (His other widely known work is the short story collection "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner", particularly the title story). It is set in the author's native Nottingham and tells the story of Arthur Seaton, a young worker in a bicycle factory. Although Sillitoe himself had worked in a factory and had given his hero his own initials, he always denied that the novel was autobiographical.

Reading this book, I was struck by the contrasts between it and another 1958 study of a young man from a working-class background, Colin MacInnes's "Absolute Beginners". MacInnes's nameless hero, a self-employed London photographer who lives in his own flat, is part of the new teenage subculture of the late fifties, a young man whose main interests are the latest trends in music and fashion. He is teetotal, more at home in coffee bars and nightclubs than in pubs. His self-description as an "absolute beginner" refers both to his youth and inexperience and to his desire for a world as different to that of his parents' generation as possible.

Arthur at 22 is only four years older than MacInnes's hero, but leads a much more traditional working-class life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday night Sunday morning
A good read have always liked the film , one of the reasons I bought the book would recommend it :)
Published 2 days ago by Silvafairy
5.0 out of 5 stars Pag Turner
It is every bit as good a read 2nd time round with excellent looks into Nottingham life in 1960s Enjoy1
Published 26 days ago by John James Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to the 50's
An interesting book I first read fifty years ago. How times have changed. Still an interesting read though.Worth trying for new readers.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. K. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars A novel of its time
It was fascinating to revisit the 1950s through reading this book. It gave a clear depiction of lifestyles and attitudes of the era - interesing to contrast these with contemporary... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marianne
4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
From a female perspective this is quite an uncomfortable book to read which I presume is part of the book's worthiness. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lesley McClure
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Alan Sillitoe have a chip on his shoulder?
"Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" is an authentic portrait of fifties, Midlands working class life and that's all I really need to say about it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
quick service.
value for money.
just the right number of pages for me to get through.
liked the cover design.
Published 5 months ago by Jacqui Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better books than this.
The trials of Arthur Seaton in 1950s Nottingham. Not a bad read but I have read better! Won't bother with the sequel.
Published 6 months ago by Pippa
5.0 out of 5 stars Working class Hero
One of the best books to explore working class life in the late 50s..Its based on a seemingly unpleasant character Arthur Seaton who lives hard & doesn"t much cars who he... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of a book!
Saw the film many years ago but the book is a much better read and so possibly "typical" of the time.
Published 13 months ago by kathleen bassett
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