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A rousing and uproarious novel of the life, loves, and misadventures of a working-class rogue, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning marked the arrival of one of the most cherished authors in the twenty-first century.


At twenty-two years of age, Arthur Seaton is a hard-drinking lathe operator in a bicycle factory. Sharp, rowdy, and attractive, he is a lover of life in the raw, and his enormous vitality comes pouring through, at a family party, at the county fair, and in several pubs he haunts on Saturday nights, where more often than not he leaves with a woman on his arm. Before long, however, his devil may care life-style gets him into some serious trouble, and Arthur's life takes a turn that not even he could have imagined. 

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Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928, the son of a tannery worker. He left school at age fourteen to work in a factory. He was one of the working-class novelists who revitalized British fiction in the 1950s. His first novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was followed with the bestselling collection The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. He adapted both works for the screen in the early 1960s. He is the author of more than 40 works of prose, poetry, and drama. 

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jennifer morrow, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by jennifer morrow)
This book, along with John Osborne's play Look Back In Anger, really represents the Angry Young Man movement from Britain's late 50's. Even with it's misogynistic traits leftover from the previous generations, The Angry Young Man was a new breed who refused to follow orders if they didn't suit his mood and he lashed out at anyone who tried to civilize him. Today, we would call this person a jerk, but 50 years ago it was individuality.
Saturday such a well-written book and still holds surprises for the modern reader. Yes, Arthur is a pint-swilling troublemaker who not only gets married Brenda into "trouble", but sneaks around with her sister when Brenda is too busy to see him. He gets into drunken brawls and lies to just about everyone. He also takes pride in his work and loves his family. Sillitoe writes a complex character who vents, apologizes, looks forward to his future but is frightened of it too.
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