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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (The Seaton Novels)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,620 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published by Signet (first published 1958)
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Tfitoby
Aug 05, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit
"Don't let the bastards get you down" - Arthur Seaton
“For it was Saturday night, the best and bingiest glad-time of the week, one of the fifty-two holidays in the slow-turning Big Wheel of the year, a violent preamble to a prostrate Sabbath. Piled up passions were exploded on Saturday night, and the effect of a week's monotonous graft in the factory was swilled out of your system in a burst of goodwill. You followed the motto of 'be drunk and be happy,' kept your crafty arms around female waist
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Vit Babenco
Aug 20, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“For it was Saturday night, the best and bingiest glad-time of the week, one of the fifty-two holidays in the slow-turning Big Wheel of the year, a violent preamble to a prostrate Sabbath. Piled-up passions were exploded on Saturday night, and the effect of a week’s monotonous graft in the factory was swilled out of your system in a burst of goodwill. You followed the motto of ‘be drunk and be happy’, kept your crafty arms around female waists, and felt the beer going beneficially down into the ...more
·Karen·
Jul 30, 2010 ·Karen· rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reckless, brash Arthur Seaton could see off any of today's binge-drinking chancers, it takes seven gins and eleven pints to floor him, but he still gets up for more. At twenty two he's the king of his little world, refusing to let anyone impose their laws on him. 'Don't let the bastards get you down' is his motto, and the 'bastards' are anyone who tries to stop him doing exactly what he wants. At some stage or other his life begins to spin out of control, he is on a helter-skelter that will deli ...more
Jakey Gee
Mar 28, 2012 Jakey Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, and I can see why it was so subversive and necessary (extra-marital shagging, boozing, deeply unpatriotic about the war and about National Service, etc) - but really not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a 'kitchen sink' socialist piece about hardship and hope, in the spirit of Love on the Dole. It isn't: it's almost proto-Thatcherite or proto-punk, even. Arthur ain't no socialist: he hates paying taxes, hates unions (as well as employers), wants to blow stuff up and lov ...more
Riley
Aug 07, 2011 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good chronicle of the despair of young working-class England after World War II, but it is also ultimately surprisingly optimistic. Here was one passages I highlighted as emblematic of the main character's bitterness:

"What did they take up for? Bloody fools, but one of these days they'd be wrong. They think they've settled our hashes with their insurance cards and television sets, but I'll be one of them to turn round on 'em and let them see how wrong they are. When I'm on my fift
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John
Jan 16, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1958 my edition is the 50th anniversary one. It is set in the years immediately following the second world war, in a working class community which has now largely disappeared. Its central character is Arthur, a 20 year old Lothario who works and plays hard. There's lots to dislike about him: he is a cheat, with a cuckoo's preference for the marital nests of others. But he is a real professional who seduces the reader along with the rest. He should get caught of course?...

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Joe Stamber
Apr 06, 2011 Joe Stamber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2000s
Wonderful illustration of northern working class life in the 1950s, as we follow the adventures of a young man who spends his days working in a factory and his free time drinking, living it up, or recovering. AS writes with dark humour in this gritty tale. It's worth looking beyond modern fiction to discover treasures like this.
Jared
Feb 18, 2008 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Black and Tan swillin' blokes is where it's at! gin-soaked abortions and falling down the stairs at the Publick? Yes, please!
McNatty
Jul 15, 2013 McNatty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sillitoe captures the life of a 24 year old perfectly here. Living day by day, working to pay for his drinks on Friday night, hanging out with his mates and chasing birds. Its easy come easy go for Arthur and I remember feeling like that. Arthur is bullet proof and goes against all the rules and conventions of the day. He's not angry he just doesn't want to be told what to do and doesn't want to be cornered. I think Sillitoe has a real knack of writing about the working class and I remember feel ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Vuonna 1958 ilmestynyt Alan Sillitoen esikoisteos "Lauantai-illasta sunnuntaiaamuun" (Otava, 1962) kuvaa 24-vuotiaan Arthur Seatonin elämää ja ajatusmaailmaa Nottinghamissa. Hän työskentelee päivät tehtaassa ja viettää yöt ryypäten tai varattujen naisten vuoteissa.

Nuori ja vihainen mies ei usko sen enempää politiikkoihin, luokkayhteiskuntaan, armeijaan kuin ammattiyhdistysliikkeeseenkään, vaikka työväenluokkaan kuuluukin - hän ei oikeastaan yhtään mihinkään muuhun kuin itseensä. Joku toinen Good
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Melanie  Hilliard

Some great phrases that speak to the truisms of the working man's life: "For it was Saturday night, the best and bingiest glad-time of the week, one of the fifty-two holidays in the slow-turning Big Wheel of the year, a violent preamble to a prostrate Sabbath. Piled up passions were exploded on Saturday night, and the effect of a week's monotonous graft in the factory was swilled out of your system in a burst of goodwill. You followed the motto of 'be drunk and be happy,' kept your crafty arms a
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Terri
This is a hard one to rate. It definitely evokes a time and a place. Arthur is frustrating, and appealing--despite his many shortcomings. Sometimes he's infuriating. Reading this book, I was reminded of Rabbit Run, which I hated. This book isn't nearly as sour as that one. Now and then Sillitoe includes a beautiful, perfect little description. In the thick of the book, I felt like the story got slightly mired and slightly repetitive--like maybe 20 pages could have been sliced off somewhere in th ...more
Michelle
Apr 01, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I think this book was originally written as two books: Saturday Night AND Sunday Morning.

Sunday Morning was mind-blowingly fabulous. Saturday Night makes you appreciate the finally coherenet thoughts of the main character in Sunday Morning. Maybe there's a metaphor at work about being brought into the light of reason or being enlightened?

Anyways, if you can struggle through the first 200 pages or so, the last 40 pages are incredibly rewarding.

Psh...it only took me what...over 2 years to finish r
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Owain Lewis
Nov 06, 2012 Owain Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cracker. A bona fide work of blue-collar existentialism, full of unrefined rebellion and working class whit. I generally don't go for this kind of stuff - English novels about the working classes always make me feel a tad claustrophobic and/or depressed - but this had a real and palpable energy to it. Yes, it does have the slightly ragged feel of a first novel but that's part of what makes it great.
Kate England
Had to read this for my English course, not a bad book, although I couldn't make myself care enough about the characters to get really involved. Worth a read and I would be interested in reading the follow-up book, 'Birthday'.
Nick
Dec 23, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written with provactive but unromanticised language throughout and bleak realism.

Easily one of my favourite characters, Arthur Seaton, is the embodiment of the 50s Teddy boy: angry, frustrated, laddish, nihilistic, hedonistic.
Sandra
Mar 26, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
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. A thoroughly absorbing tale and an opportunity to revisit a time when I was observing and aiming to absorb such attitudes.
Laura Nelson
Feb 13, 2011 Laura Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-classic
This book made me want to drink a lot while reading it.
Tash Berbank
Feb 10, 2015 Tash Berbank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Peter
Dec 31, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If you went through life refusing all the bait dangled in front of you, that would be no life at all. No changes would be made and you would have nothing to fight against. Life would be dull as ditchwater.”

This is Alan Sillitoe's first book and probably the most well known. Written in 1958 against the backdrop of the Cold War it tells the tale of the mundane nature of working-class life in a Northern English town, Nottingham, and features an anti-hero Arthur Seaton. Arthur works in a bicycle f
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Nicola Mansfield
This is sort of the British equivalent of the depressing Irish novels. I like those Irish books better. Obviously somewhat biographical this short novel takes a couple of years in the life of young 21yo Arthur Seaton. The majority of the book contains Part 1 Saturday Night and tells of Arthur's life as a man about the neighbourhood. He works in a bicycle factory; is good at his job and gets paid well, spending his money on classy clothes. He's a drunk and a ladies man. Most of the action takes p ...more
Mandy
Jul 23, 2011 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. It’s the story of young Nottingham factory worker Arthur Seaton, who works hard and plays hard and is determined not to be beaten down by “the system”. But when he gets involved with a married woman his life is complicated in ways he could never have envisaged, and his hedonistic lifestyle is curtailed. It’s a vivid and authentic portrayal of 19 ...more
Rita
Oct 21, 2010 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book reflects at all accurately the inner workings of a 23-year-old English factory worker, then I consider it a must read.
I can't judge the accuracy, but it convinces me.

The middle parts started getting to me; this guy really is hooked on getting away with whatever he can, and as the incidents pile up I found it hard to keep reading, it seems so realistic in showing some pretty negative human tendencies. His living conditions and upbringing are a world away from mine.

So I feel I became
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Jade Moore
Mar 08, 2014 Jade Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a resident of the city of Nottingham, I really loved reading this book and being familiar with the places that the main character,Arthur, travels to. As a general thing, I like to read a book before watching any film version of it, but with this, I had seen the film a while ago, due to media/film studies. So I had the film in mind as I read, but the book gave me more out of it. Overall I enjoyed the character of Arthur, his outlook on working life, women, marriage etc. He is very memorable ...more
Simon
May 01, 2016 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whatever happened to these people? The unskilled young man on the make. The world was full of them when I was a boy but now they're gone. A reminder that the world may have changed as significantly during our lifetimes as it did before we were around. (I was born about a month after it was published). Yet strangely still relevant.

A cracking read and like all Nottingham writers Sillitoe gives us a detailed tour of the city and surrounds. You could draw maps from these novels.
Jo
Arthur Seaton works in a factory, goes out drinking at the weekend and sleeps with other men's wives. It's postwar Britain and the working classes have a better life than they did before; work is plentiful, the money is good and the unions look after them. This is a working class novel about working class lives and written in the Nottinghamshire dialect. Inspired by Sillitoe's own experiences, this is a slice of real life masquerading as fiction.
Emma
Apr 18, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering the somewhat chauvinistic perspective carried throughout the book by the main character, Arthur, it was more Sillitoe's style of writing that appealed to me throughout the book as opposed to the storyline itself. Great read.. no beating around the bush in this one! My first Sillitoe novel to date, and I intend on increasing that number.
Josh
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was an interesting look at the 1950's English working class. In the beginning, during Arthur's drunken escapades, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the book, but as Saturday Night carried on, I began to bore. Sunday Morning was a relief. The story concludes on a hopeful note which left me with a smile.
Fianna Dalton
Dec 18, 2014 Fianna Dalton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-list
wow Artic Monkeys 'Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not' is based on 'Saturday night and sunday morning'. this is a nice dimension to my favourite AM album, awesome book too. It's the best thing I've read in the Angry young men genre! ...more
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Alan Sillitoe was an English writer, one of the "Angry Young Men" of the 1950s (although he, in common with most of the other writers to whom the label was applied, had never welcomed it).
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“I'm me and nobody else; and whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody thing about me.” 29 likes
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