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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

By Alan Sillitoe

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| Paperback | 9780007205028

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With a new introduction by Richard Bradford. Alan Sillitoe's classic novel of the 1950s, reissued to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its original publication. Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. Continue

With a new introduction by Richard Bradford. Alan Sillitoe's classic novel of the 1950s, reissued to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its original publication. Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting young rebel, he knows what he wants, and he's sharp enough to get it. Before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women is local gossip. But then one evening he meets a young girl in a pub, and Arthur's life begins to look less simple...First published in 1958, 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' achieved instant critical acclaim and helped to establish Alan Sillitoe as one of the greatest British writers of his generation. The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated.

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    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 ...(continue)

    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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    Bettie said on Sep 9, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Atmosfere tipicamente british ..

    .. fatte di nebbia, polvere, smog, fumo e birra per un affresco tutto sommato godibile ..

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    Minestrone said on Jun 11, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Credo di non essere adatta a questo libro. Pur cogliendone, con la coda dell'occhio, il valore, non sono riuscita ad apprezzarlo veramente.

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    Lui in Persona/La cicogna folle said on Apr 7, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    'la vita passava come una zagaglia nell'azzurro; dietro c'erano le incerte memorie del passato, davanti un'ancora più incerta coscienza della morte, e il presente era punteggiato d'incontri con brenda in certe belle serate quando le strade erano cald ...(continue)

    'la vita passava come una zagaglia nell'azzurro; dietro c'erano le incerte memorie del passato, davanti un'ancora più incerta coscienza della morte, e il presente era punteggiato d'incontri con brenda in certe belle serate quando le strade erano calde e piene di vita e nuvole luminose di luna passavano veloci sopra i tetti. facevano l'amore in salotto o in camera e sentivano quell'oceano suburbano addormentarsi intorno alla loro minuscola barchetta d'intoccabile speranza e felicità.'

    alan sillitoe, un ken loach della letteratura e membro degli 'angry young men' dei fifties, inizia a 14 anni a lavorare al tornio in una fabbrica di bici proprio come il protagonista di questa sua opera prima. arthur seaton, ribelle di una nottingham grigia della working class, mi ha ricordato invece l'aldino fancazzista del 'tirar mattina' di umberto simonetta nella sua anch'essa grigia milano anni'60. peccato per la mancanza di sviluppo dei personaggi di contorno e per il finale un po' tirato per i capelli, in cui il sabato sera, metafora della giovinezza dove tutto sembra concesso e la vita appare infinita, lascia spazio alla domenica mattina, la presunta raggiunta maturità o meglio un poco convinto approdo dettato più dalle convenzioni e dalla convenienza. con tanti saluti al ribellismo...

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    marcomaffei12 said on Oct 9, 2012 | Add your feedback

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