Saville Paperback – 25 Jun 1998
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"If you haven't read David Storey's 1976 winner Saville read it at once, it is the best of all the Bookers" (Observer)
"A tremendous novel" (The Economist)
""Saville" is a splendid novel, replete with virtues beyond its appeal to those otherwise undiscriminating readers who demand stories about nice people." (Peter S. Prescott Newsweek)
"Mesmerically readable... A revelation" (The Times)
"A marvellousl evocation of place and character... This is a book made more than usually remarkable by its intensity of feeling" (Daily Telegraph)
About the Author
David Storey was born in 1933 in Wakefield, and studied at the Slade School of Art. His eight previous novels have won many prizes, including the Macmillan Fiction Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Faber Memorial Prize and, in 1976, the Booker prize for Saville. He is also the author of fifteen plays. He now lives in London.
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Set during World War II and after, the novel concentrates on daily life as a young boy deals as well as he can with the circumstances of life, even when he has to live with a neighbor for several months because his mother is hospitalized and his father works at night. Always limiting his descriptions to what the main character would observe at various stages of his life, Storey conveys Colin's world realistically, from his embarrassment at having a bath in front of the neighbor woman he stays with to his feeling that "everyone had moved away. At school he was suddenly cut off."
Colin's friends range from Batty and Stringer, two young delinquents who have a "hut" in the woods, to Michael Reagan, a violinist, fat Ian Bletchley, and Stafford, a wealthy boy who befriends him in school. Through them Storey is able to create a realistic novel which also shows what happens to these other, equally typical characters as the post-war years progress. At school Colin is subjected to snobbism, sadistic punishment, and emotional abuse by teachers who seem to regret their own lack of success and their awareness that the class structures of which they have been a part are breaking down.Read more ›
But before that cup-tie against Wigan, the packed Trinity ground became a film set. We were all unpaid extras as Richard Harris and members of the Trinity second team filmed some actions Sequences for "This Sporting Life". I show no disrespect for Richard Harris by recalling that the sequence required a whole string of takes, necessitated by the fact that the star kept dropping the ball! I have seen the film several times, but I have not yet managed to spot my short-trousered legs behind the sticks at the Belle Vue end. They are there, somewhere.Read more ›
The achievement of the novel is its wholly believable portrayal of a family where generations are separated by their experiences and expectations, and the characters throughout are believable and sympathetic, especially the protagonist, whose frustrations - which might seem somewhat frivolous and existential - are made painfully clear and real. The Booker Prize it won in 1976 was presumably reward for this skill. It describes the sense of being let down and misunderstood by one's community yet unable to ever really escape its values and judgments - a feeling many people who 'climb' from working class backgrounds must have felt at some point - better than any novel I've ever read.
The limitation, however, is that it can be a horrible slog at times. This is a long novel and much of it is dedicated to repetitive and not very interesting (partly because they're so often miserable) childhood experiences of school and family life. We become as frustrated with Saville's conservative and old-fashioned, small-minded though fundamentally decent parents as he does. Also, partly because its so unfashionable nowadays, it is hard for the reader to take all this working class kitchen sink drama seriously. At the more po-faced moments, you are reminded of Monty Python's portrayal of cloth capped Northerners competing about how grim their childhoods were.Read more ›
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A classic. Give it some time. A fully deserved Booker Prize winner.Published 15 months ago by Regulus
Like so many great novels, the heart of this tale is the quest for identity. Although focussing primarily on one Saville, Colin, who wins a scholarship to Grammar School but... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Goddard
Colin Saville's first day at grammar school - when he makes the transition from successful miners son, the first to pass the eleven plus, to being small again and subject to... Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2011 by Scholastica
The evocation of time, place and character is strong, but the alienation of the eponymous hero is reflected in a narrative that only really describes the outside of everything. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2011 by moby-dick
Others have mentioned the synopsis of this novel, I just wanted to comment on how I believe many will relate to the constraints of family loyalties coupled with a need to spread... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2009 by Kevin