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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
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Mar 28, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

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 loves shopping. He's a supreme individualist and sounds rather like Johnny Rotten talking in 1977. Great setting and great on social mores - and nice to see all that dialect.
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