Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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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
From the Back Cover
Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting young rebel of a man, he knows what he wants and he's sharp enough to get it. And before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women is local gossip. But then one evening he meets a young girl in a pub, and Arthur's life begins to look less simple.
Allan Sillitoe's classic novel of the 1950's is a story of timeless significance. The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated.
"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."
"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."
"Miles nearer the real thing than D.H.Lawrence's mystic, brooding working-men ever came."
"Very outspoken and vivid."
"A refreshing originality."
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Top Customer Reviews
With its ribbons of sooty terraces and zinc baths Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is grimly realistic if somewhat anachronistic. Interesting as English social history it has that distinctly fifties feel when the suppressed anger and resentment against the continuation of inflexible class divisions after the War felt by working-class communities with their backs to the wall was beginning to be expressed in literature, theatre and film.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brimming with an honesty and energy which must have been a breath of mind-blowing fresh air when it first appeared in 1958, and not in the slightest dated now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandra Davies
One of the greatest novels of working class life ever, Alan Sillitoe’s best novel packs as much of a punch today as it did when first published in 1958. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda Jenkinson
This is a well-written book. The protagonist is amusing, has some strange ideas but is interesting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bluebell
Although there are very few mentions, ‘Saturday Night And Sunday Morning’ contains (a casual approach to) violence; sexism – including violent intentions towards suffragettes for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anonymous
Out of date, which would be fine if it inspired in any way. But it's about an unpleasant unattractive character getting up to no good in 50s Nottingham. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric A Schuss
after the book one must see the film,both superb in their own brilliant way.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an excellent read for people who, like me are long past their sell by date. It brought back memories of the days when young men and women were 'courting' . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Banodoc