Saturday night and sunday morning book

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BBC - Inside Out - East Midlands - Alan Sillitoe - 50 years of Nottingham life

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Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

Look Inside. Mar 02, ISBN At twenty-two years of age, Arthur Seaton is a hard-drinking lathe operator in a bicycle factory. Sharp, rowdy, and attractive, he is a lover of life in the raw, and his enormous vitality comes pouring through, at a family party, at the county fair, and in several pubs he haunts on Saturday nights, where more often than not he leaves with a woman on his arm. Alan Sillitoe was born in , the son of a tannery worker. He left school at age fourteen to work in a factory.

It was adapted by Sillitoe into a film starring Albert Finney , directed by Karel Reisz , and in was adapted by David Brett as a play for the Nottingham Playhouse , with Ian McKellen playing one of his first leading roles. The novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is split into two unequal parts: the bulk of the book, Saturday Night, and the much smaller second part, Sunday Morning. Saturday Night begins in a working man's club in Nottingham. Arthur Seaton is 21 years old, and enjoying a night out with Brenda, the wife of a colleague at work. Challenged to a drinking contest, Arthur defeats "Loudmouth" before falling down the stairs drunk. Brenda takes him home with her and they spend the night together.

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Fifty years later we celebrate the life and work of its author, Alan Sillitoe. Alan Sillitoe is a living legend and his books about working class life in Nottingham still strike a chord. One or two of them might have published it if I had re-written certain things and discussed it with them, but I was never ever going to do that," says Sillitoe. Eventually Sillitoe did find someone willing to publish it - and the rest, as they say, is history. He moved to Mallorca on a military pension where he started writing encouraged by the poet Robert Graves. Struck down by TB he was pensioned out of the Air Force and left home for sunnier climes in Spain where he had time to write and indulge his passion for literature.

H arper's fiftieth anniversary edition of Sillitoe's working-class classic doesn't add much value in terms of new editorial apparatus. But then it doesn't need to: Sillitoe's account of the rebellious young factory-fodder hero Arthur Seaton was timely when first published four years after the London premiere of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger ; it is timeless now. Unlike Osborne and fellow "angries", Sillitoe doesn't even pay the establishment the compliment of dramatising its decline. Arthur - a bright, cocky lathe-worker given to fighting, fucking and fishing first, meditating on the system that keeps him in his place second - lives wholly in the rowdy bosom of his extended Nottinghamshire family. Modern readers are unlikely to be shocked by his unsentimental affair with the married sisters Brenda and Winnie. But Sillitoe's writing, with its sharp tang of cold mornings and warm pubs, has a cumulative lyricism which makes you feel Arthur's pangs as achingly as he does.

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  1. Hlo925 says:

    The novel opens in the midst of a rowdy Saturday night, "the best and bingiest glad-time of the week" for 22 year old Arthur Seaton, a factory worker in post-war Nottingham.

  2. Athena M. says:

    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is the first novel by British author Alan Sillitoe and won the and Sunday Morning is split into two unequal parts: the bulk of the book, Saturday Night, and the much smaller second part, Sunday Morning.

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