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on 27 March 2006
The "day in the life" format of Saturday, and the way the protagonist, Perowne, wanders around his home city, provoke comparisons with Ulysees, by James Joyce. Both novels are self-consciously literary; and nothing much happens in either, but in an elegant way. For me, the book comes close to greatness when McEwan focuses on Perowne as a study of an educated western man's state of mind early in the 21st century. But other characters, and events surrounding the criminal, Baxter, are less convincing.
Upside: intriguing study of a thoughtful modern Brit.
Downside: don't read this if you like a good story or get irritated by pretentious fiction.
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