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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan…

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958)

by Alan Sillitoe

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"Our Arthur is surprisingly likable despite his self-centeredness"
read more: http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.gr/2016/11/saturday-night-and-sunday-morning-ala... ( )
  mongoosenamedt | Nov 23, 2016 |
This is sort of the British equivalent of the depressing Irish novels. I like those Irish books better. Obviously somewhat biographical this short novel takes a couple of years in the life of young 21yo Arthur Seaton. The majority of the book contains Part 1 Saturday Night and tells of Arthur's life as a man about the neighbourhood. He works in a bicycle factory; is good at his job and gets paid well, spending his money on classy clothes. He's a drunk and a ladies man. Most of the action takes place on Saturday nights when he goes pubbing, gets blindingly drunk, has affairs with married women, gets beat up by their husbands and gets into general mischief in the "yard" where he lives being a prankster and having a temper for revenge. Part 2: Sunday Night has Arthur realising at 24yo that carefree days are over, he's working on marrying a woman a few years younger than himself and coming to terms with routines of life when settling down. I felt a certain charm for the book as it reminds me of my heritage, with my father growing up in the same era not far away and hearing war stories from my Gran. None of the characters are likeable as they have internal moral codes they make up as they go along, but family is always strong. A small redeeming factor about the characters. This is a slow read as it plods along with certain episodes happening now and then but there is no real plot, action or climax. Just a slice of life in a 1950s council tenement street full of working class people. Not a thrilling story though I do find a bit of allure from it and will read the author again. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jul 10, 2016 |
“If you went through life refusing all the bait dangled in front of you, that would be no life at all. No changes would be made and you would have nothing to fight against. Life would be dull as ditchwater.”

This is Alan Sillitoe's first book and probably the most well known. Written in 1958 against the backdrop of the Cold War it tells the tale of the mundane nature of working-class life in a Northern English town, Nottingham, and features an anti-hero Arthur Seaton. Arthur works in a bicycle factory doing back breaking piecework at a lathe Monday to Friday. He is 22,still lives at home,earns a decent wage and looks forward to the weekend when he goes binge drinking(no its not a new phenomenon surprise surprise) and having affairs with two married sisters. He is a well drawn character and despite being described by his own brother Fred as 'not a very nice bloke' you still end up rooting for him right to the very end. Arthur is constantly fighting against authority whether that be father,foreman, the Police and the Army but is not so daft to realise that ultimately cannot win. By having affairs with married women his is also battling against the perceived norms of courtship and hence ultimately marriage until he is beaten up by the soldier husband of one of his conquests. Yet he also enjoys fishing suggesting he is also able to appreciate the quieter elements of life.

Despite this being set at the end of the 1950's, when youth was coming to the fore after WWII with new suits hung in the bedroom ready to wear at the weekend, Arthur is in many respects just like his father and grandfather before him. Thus this becomes a comment on the class system within Britain, Arthur seems reasonably smart yet has only received a rudimentary education and is stuck in a monotonous job with seemingly little chance of advancement.

The prose is beautifully written with occasional streams of colloquialisms mainly from Arthur giving it a real authentic feel but despite giving his initials to his hero and after having himself worked in a factory the author has also insisted this was not autobiographical. Writers like Dickens have written about the realities of working class life in Britain but this marked the start of a new age of literary realism and should be more widely read. ( )
1 vote PilgrimJess | Jan 7, 2015 |
There's a guy, he's pretty self centred, has a good job as a piece worker, that allows him to have both money and some time for himself. He's attracted two women, and has a possible girlfriend on the side. It all comes apart and he has to reconstruct his life. It gives a wonderful impression of how working class life could be in England, in the 60's. It's very well written, and should be read by everyone. Copyright in 1958, it was a hit, and an eye-opener for the middle class world. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 25, 2014 |
autumn-2013, published-1958, nottingham, play-dramatisation, fradio, radio-4, britain-england, debut
Read from September 02 to 09, 2013

"Don't let the bastards get you down"

The Theme tune

BBC BLURB: 'Angry young man' Arthur Seaton rages against the boredom of his factory machinist job and home life with 'dead from the neck up' parents.

Determined to avoid a similar slide into domestic drudgery, Arthur is a risk-taking womaniser, enduring each tedious week in the knowledge that the weekend's thrills are to come. But Arthur takes a risk too far, inflicting life-shattering consequences on those around him.

Sound Design: David Chilton Spot Effects: Alison McKenzie Production Manager: Sarah Tombling Director: Carl Prekopp

Producer: Lucinda Mason Brown A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

Arthur Seaton Joe Dempsie
Aunt Ada Shirley Anne Field
Brenda Natalie Grady
Winnie Sarah Smart
Harold Seaton Philip Fox
Vera Seaton Julia Hills
Fred Seaton Ashley Cook
Barman Ashley Cook
Margaret Seaton Victoria Brazier
Soldier Victoria Brazier
Mrs Bull Rachel Atkins
Robboe Stephen Critchlow
Loudmouth Stephen Critchlow
Jack Graeme Hawley
Policeman Graeme Hawley
Em’ler Lorna Jones
Undertaker Man Sean Baker
Bus Conductor Paul Stonehouse
Billy Felix Lailey

Fantastic Production this, with a music-of-the-times as a backdrop.

Arthur Seaton is a solipsistic wide-boy just a smidgeon short of full-blown sociopath and masterly crafted by Sillitoe.

3* The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
4* Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
3* Collected Stories
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Working all week at the lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare at the weekends. A hard-drinking, hard-working rebel, he knows exactly what he wants, and how to get it. But then one evening he meets a young girl in a pub, and life begins to look less simple.… (more)

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