McEwan narrative merges the personal with the global

Saturday, by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape, €14.

5th February, 2005

Saturday, by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape, €14.

Ian McEwan's latest novel takes its name from a day of anti-war protest marches: Saturday, February 15, 2003. It centres on neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, who must physically and morally negotiate his way through the war debate that has taken over central London in order to bring about a long-awaited family reunion.

This is a characteristic McEwan narrative, a deceptively simple tale which skilfully weaves the fictional and the historical into...

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