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by Alan Sillitoe

Depicts the escapades of an independent English workingman who embraces life at its fullest
Download Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Heritage of Literature) epub
ISBN: 0582348978
ISBN13: 978-0582348974
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Literary
Author: Alan Sillitoe
Language: English
Publisher: Prentice Hall Press (December 1968)
Pages: 244 pages
ePUB size: 1200 kb
FB2 size: 1858 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 914
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Arthur Seaton is twenty-two. It is the mid-1950's and he has worked at the bicycle factory since he was fifteen. He now is a lathe operator, working on a piecework basis, bringing in £14 per week. Outside the factory, it's a life of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. What does that mean? Author Alan Sillitoe explains:

"For it was Saturday night, the best and bingiest glad-time of the week, one of the fifty-two holidays in the slow-turning Big Wheel of the year, a violent preamble to a prostrate Sabbath. Piled-up passions were exploded on Saturday night, and the effect of a week's monotonous graft in the factory was swilled out of your system in a burst of goodwill. You followed the motto of `be drunk and be happy,' kept your crafty arms around female waists, and felt the beer going beneficially down into the elastic capacity of your guts."

Arthur drinks and he brawls. He is a sharp-dresser and a skirt-chaser. In the first part of the book, he limits his carousing to married women -- that minimizes attachments and responsibilities, though it does run the risk of retribution from the cuckolds. Arthur has the gift of gab, and he is one of the glibbest liars and story-tellers in fiction. He is surprisingly introspective, but steadfastly independent; nothing raises his hackles more quickly than being stereotyped: "I'm me and nobody else; and whatever people think I am or say I am, that's what I'm not, because they don't know a bloody thing about me." All in all, he is one of the more engaging and memorable characters I have encountered in my recent reading.

SATURDAY NIGHTS AND SUNDAY MORNINGS is a classic novel of the factory worker. While it is set in the 1950's in Nottingham, England, it portrays a working-class life that had a much broader reach for much of the latter half of the twentieth century; aspects of the life of Arthur Seaton and his family and friends certainly were familiar to me from my blue-collar years circa 1970. In many respects, Arthur Seaton surely is a young Alan Sillitoe. Sillitoe grew up in Nottingham and his father worked at the Raleigh Bicycle factory, as did a young Alan between the ages of fourteen and eighteen.

The novel is studded with slang ("bingiest", "batchy", "bogger", "swaddie") and vernacular dialogue, but it is easy enough to follow. The prose is pared down and informal. The book brims with life and it celebrates life, even in a gritty, grimy factory town. I did not always agree with the working man philosophy voiced in the book, and sometimes I found Arthur Seaton hard to understand, but then I often did not understand the characters and philosophy of D.H. Lawrence, who Sillitoe vaguely reminds me of.

SATURDAY NIGHTS AND SUNDAY MORNINGS was Sillitoe's first published work. His second was "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner". More than three dozen other books followed, none of which came close to garnering as much critical acclaim as the first two. I am rather surprised that there is only one other Amazon review of this Vintage edition of SATURDAY NIGHTS. The novel does not deserve to fade into oblivion. Four-and-a-half stars.
Remember reading this book in my teens and I was impressed by it.As I read it 40 years later I was disappointed with the self centred characters and the general malaise around their lives.Growing up in this generation seemed a lot brighter.
Alan Sillitoe's main character Arthur is a young man working at a bicycle plant in industrial post WWII England. His life is essentially drifting between meaningless piecework and weekends of heavy drinking and pursuing other men's wives. We first meet Arthur as he is blind drunk and falling down a flight of stairs in a pub. The novel captures a period in England that seems bleak except when contrasted with what had come just before and in comparison to the deprivations of the war period the people in Sillitoe's story are enjoying a relative level of prosperity.
Arthur is the classic angry young man who is going through life trying to avoid commitments with all his being. The second part of the novel has him beginning to accept that he is ultimately hooked.
I enjoyed the book very much and it's depictions of English life in a specific place and time were spot on.
good gritty yorkshire story
I was blown away by this novel. I'd say it was a life-changer. Probably one of the best debut novels in history, along with Wilde's DORIAN GRAY. Read this, ya hear?!
Phenomenal ! A must read:
Awesome book, great condition!
I say without hesitation: this is one of the best books I ever read and has now become one of my favorites. By the same author as "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner," and is sort of an expansion of that same main character. It's written in a mixed 1st/3rd person style, and it's highly entertaining, as well as a great statement on life in general. I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you like British novels of the 40s & 50s, then this is right up your alleyway.