Monday, January 24, 2005


You can't miss the hype surrounding Ian McEwan's new novel Saturday. If Mark Lawson's review of the book is anything to go by, it is going to find its way on to Medical Humanities reading lists faster than you can say cerebellum. The protagonist, Henry Perowne, is a neurosurgeon who 'doesn't believe in literature', yet, Lawson says, McEwan sets up opportunities to 'ridicule on every page the view of its hero that fiction is useless to the modern world'. Hmm... think I'm going to have to shell out for the hardback on this one. More reviews are posted on Ian McEwan's website where you can also see the different covers under which it is published (British, American and Canadian) and muse on the perceived cultural differences that prompted them.

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