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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  615 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Saville centers around Colin, a young boy growing up in the fictional Yorkshire mining village of Saxton during the Second World War and the postwar years.

This is the story of a miner's son, and his growth from the 1930s on, his rise in the world by way of grammar school and college. At first there is triumph in this, not least for the father who had spurred him on, but la
Paperback, 597 pages
Published June 1st 1978 by Avon Books (first published 1976)
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Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel epitomizes one of my favorite quotes:

"Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." ― Boris Pasternak

Reading this book really is an extraordinary experience! I found much of it to be very comforting, very homey. I found other parts to be quite disturbing. This novel affected me in ways that I'm still trying to sort out. I suspect this is a story that I'll continue to think about, to try to c
Ravi Gangwani
What I really liked about this 1976 Booker Prize winning novel is its Coetzeeshness.
The childhood descriptions were as par compared to 'Boyhood' of Sir JM Coetzee and writing style was slow and moving. This book is all about Coal Minor's son Colin Saville and pictures from his life, right from his birth to bitter adulthood, vacillating in angry formulas of life. But the areas where this book scores are dark, rummaging and going-no-where kind of a life. The meaningless of his family for him, the
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Saville is filled with coal mining history and follows the life of the main character caught up in the middle of it. Detailed and emotional, it's a really unforgettable story.
Alex Rendall
Mar 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booker-prize
This review has been hard to write, because this book has been extremely difficult to read. This is a personal thing on my part, because I have always found novels that describe childhood in school to be difficult, mainly because my latter years in school were not always pleasant. Saville talks about school life in spades, and a difficult school life at that. It tells the tale of Colin Saville, son of a coal miner in a 1930s Northern British mining village, who wins a scholarship to the prestigi ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A reflection on Saville by David Storey

Saville won the Booker Prize in 1976. In such a vast novel it is inevitable that the pace will occasionally quicken and slacken, but a book like this can be read over weeks, almost dipped into as the passing phases of Colin’s life unfold. David Story was born in Wakefield, and so was I. It could be argued that his most famous and perhaps still most successful work is “This Sporting Life”, a portrait of a Rugby League player who achieves local fame and then
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Книга - почти бесстрастный рассказ о жизни в небольшой шахтёрской деревушке. Автор настолько хорошо описывает ситуацию, что в книгу погружаешься с головой. Да, это я живу на той улице, за стеной от одного из упомянутых семейств. Очевидно, что жизнь шахтёров нельзя назвать лёгкой, а заработок - хотя бы достаточным. Родители Колина Сэвила заставляют его учиться изо всех сил, ибо это его единственный шанс вырваться из этого окружения. Тут всё понятно и всей душой болеешь за мальчишку. Это, условно, ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is a book that is going to stay with me for awhile. I enjoyed the minutiae of Saville, but I also found the tone to be just so well handled. It is a tone of bleakness, frank existence, and of struggle.

Struggle to get out of a place, struggle to make others see a place as you see it, struggle to seek approval, struggle to give approval, struggle to please. This was what really struck me most, was the parent-child dynamics being played out. Michael Reagan and his violin, Batty going to jail (
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you grew up in a low-income family; particularly if you've been exposed to a more comfortable way of life (tertiary education or more well-off mates), then this book will surely strike a chord with you. Powerful stuff.
Peter Jansen
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although somewhat bleak this book stayed with me and really gripped me. It really puts you in the shoes of the main character.
There was a very strange feel to this book. It felt very removed from that which it was narrating, the sense of alienation which the main character, Colin, feels by the end, being a part of the reader-experience throughout.

That isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. I did, actually. I rather got into reading it. It gave a view into a world that I didn't know, but that became increasingly familiar throughout. It was a world that I could imagine my Grandparents being aware of, something they would have
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David Storey was an English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and a former professional rugby league player. Storey was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1933, and studied at the Slade School of Art. His first two novels were both published in 1960, a few months apart: This Sporting Life, which won the Macmillan Fiction Award and was adapted for an award-winning 1963 film, and Flight ...more
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