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Saturday by Ian McEwan
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May 28, 2011

it was ok

This is the first book of McEwan's that I have read and unfortunately I have to admit to being rather disappointed in it over all.
Don't get me wrong McEwan writes beautifully crafted and well researched, perhaps overly so, prose and initially this captivated me and made me forgive the sloth-like pace of the story but in the end this began to rather grate on me.

The Perowne family were just too perfect, too successful they ended up seeming smug and patronising and I had great difficulty caring too much what happened to any of them. The idea that a madman, even a mentally sick one, could be dissuaded from committing a heinous crime by reciting poetry to him was frankly laughable.

In the end I felt that the story went nowhere and was just too contrived. You could just imagine the author placing his own wishes and desires onto his imaginary children as if somehow his own dissatisfied him and had not lived up to his ideals.
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Reading Progress

May 28, 2011 – Shelved
May 31, 2011 – Started Reading
June 1, 2011 –
page 71
25.18%
June 2, 2011 –
page 121
42.91%
June 3, 2011 –
page 145
51.42%
June 3, 2011 –
page 175
62.06%
June 4, 2011 –
page 194
68.79%
June 5, 2011 –
page 237
84.04%
June 6, 2011 –
page 258
91.49%
June 7, 2011 –
page 263
93.26%
June 8, 2011 – Finished Reading

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