Saturday by Ian McEwan


A day in the life of a neurosurgeon undergoing a mid life crisis. He crashes his car while driving through a cordoned off London, during an anti-war demonstration, into the car of a violent criminal with early signs of what seems to be Huntington’s disease.

The brilliant McEwan turns what should be an ordinary day into one filled with tension. The dinner scene where the criminal reappears in the neurosurgeon’s house and threatens his family is memorable.

McEwan is a master of atmosphere.

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