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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Paperback – 1 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007205023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007205028
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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."
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

"Very outspoken and vivid."
SUNDAY TIMES

"A refreshing originality."
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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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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Set in 1950's Britain, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning portrays the working class life of Arthur Seaton, a 21 year old, Nottingham factory worker . The reader should have an instant dislike to Arthur, he's a womaniser, lazy, and a liar. But like many of the "Angry Young Men" of the time, Arthur has a certain charm about him which makes it very easy for you to forgive his hedonistic lifestyle, even though it is clear to see the negative effects it has on everyone around him. Sillitoe spits the book into two: Saturday night, when the reader experiences Arthur's drinking, adultery and fighting, and Sunday morning, as the action of Saturday night catches up to Arthur. Sillitoe embodies in his lead protagonist, the serious effects that the Second World War had on a generation, giving an actuate portrayal of the mood of the young in post war Britain. Selfish, superficial and mercenary on the surface, Sillitoe skilfully adds extra dimensions to the character of Arthur through the quality of his writing, Arthur can be both a bastard and a philosopher at the same time. All in all, this is a interesting read into what life was like for a working class youth scared by the Second World War, although on the surface it's a brilliant fable about what can happen if you experience the excesses of life too much .
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When Alan Sillitoe's hard-hitting chunk of working-class life in Post-War Nottingham opens with its antihero Albert Seaton reeling drunk in the local pub the scene is set for the rest of the novel: a saga of fists, fags and philandering. Young Seaton - truculent, selfish and immoral - works as a lathe operator in a local factory during the day and at nights is enjoying the favours of a colleague's wife while her husband is on the late shift. In a life empty of purpose other than easy gratification he continues to play around with married women, fake illness during National Service, drink himself stupid with his hard-earned money and to go fishing when he wants to decompress. It is a tale of a man without vision because there is no vision available other than that dictated by society - rigid, conservative and conventional - which has no appeal to him.
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.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2012
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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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