The Simple Things



l Saturday by Ian McEwan May Day is traditiona­lly a time for protest and this novel by Ian McEwan has protest at its heart. It follows Neurosurge­on Henry Perrowne one ordinary Saturday in

2003, the day of a peace march protesting the US invasion of Iraq. Questions to ponder

How does Henry’s career shape his life? Do you believe Henry’s

reasoning for not joining the peace march? Further reading

Saturday opens with a looming disaster that transpires to be nothing. In contrast, McEwan’s The Child in Time and Enduring Love open with a split second that changes life irrevocabl­y. Great if you like a dramatic opening.

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