Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday MorningFor 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 Everybody wants to live easily and magnificently but the possibilities of every man are quite different So everyone gets pleasures that one just can afford and pays for them subsequently The rowdy gang of singers who sat at the scattered tables saw Arthur walk unsteadily to the head of the stairs, and though they must all have known that he was dead drunk, and seen the danger he would soon be in, no one attempted to talk to him and lead him back to his seat With eleven pints of beer and seven small gins playing hide and seek inside his stomach, he fell from the top most stair to the bottom A simple man needs simple delights and in this case, a catch as catch can principle works best Live today like there s no tomorrow and pay afterwards But when the time to pay off arrives one may find oneself in a pretty tight corner. Not one of my favourites from the Boxall 1000 list although it is certainly well written Set in Nottingham in the 50 s and early 60 s it tells the story of a young factory worker Arthur Seaton Unfortunately I didn t like Arthur as a character and found it difficult to empathise with him I will say though that by the end of the novel you do feel that you ve come to know Arthur, his thoughts and take on life intimately.A bleak novel in some respects. Don t let the bastards get you down Arthur SeatonFor 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 gutsAnd so begins Alan Sillitoe s Angry Young Man debut novel about Arthur, a young factory worker in the north of England It s a warts and all, kitchen sink drama type of novel unflinching in its depiction of a time and place that at once is quite alien to yet completely the same as working class England in the 21st century Arthur drinks, Arthur smokes, Arthur fights, Arthur fucks, Arthur rails against society, without Arthur there could be no Alfie or Trainspotting, not to mention the fact that novels such as this are priceless in terms of their value as documents recording social history.It s hard to like Arthur, but that s how he would want it His tale is one you ve probably read before young man living in the moment gradually realising it s time to grow up, but sixty years ago this was a new way of teling the story Not as easy a read as you would expect from 192 pages it nevertheless paints a fascinating picture and leave you appreciating every brush stroke.Alan Sillitoe died in 2010, for an excellent article on his influence on literature and his legacy see this article from The Economist. Reckless, brash Arthur Seaton could see off any of today s binge drinking chancers, it takes seven gins and eleven pints to floor him, but he still gets up for At twenty two he s the king of his little world, refusing to let anyone impose their laws on him Don t let the bastards get you down is his motto, and the bastards are anyone who tries to stop him doing exactly what he wants At some stage or other his life begins to spin out of control, he is on a helter skelter that will deliver him swiftly into the arms of retribution, but this almost seems to be no than a blip, a minimal shift in his ambitions, his attitude remains combative, recalcitrant, incorrigible The Angry Young Man The question remains why does he bristle with this over weening sense of his right to take, take, take He is conceived as a figure representative of those who have been short changed for so long, come to take what s their due The world owes him. Interesting, and I can see why it was so subversive and necessary extra marital shagging, boozing, deeply unpatriotic about the war and about National Service, etc but really not what I expected I thought it was going to be a kitchen sink socialist piece about hardship and hope, in the spirit of Love on the Dole It isn t it s almost proto Thatcherite or proto punk, even Arthur ain t no socialist he hates paying taxes, hates unions as well as employers , wants to blow stuff up and loves shopping He s a supreme individualist and sounds rather like Johnny Rotten talking in 1977 Great setting and great on social s and nice to see all that dialect. First published in 1958 my edition is the 50th anniversary one It is set in the years immediately following the second world war, in a working class community which has now largely disappeared Its central character is Arthur, a 20 year old Lothario who works and plays hard There s lots to dislike about him he is a cheat, with a cuckoo s preference for the marital nests of others But he is a real professional who seduces the reader along with the rest He should get caught of course I enjoyed the glimpses back at a vanished world when the smoke really did get in your eyes We ve still got cheats of course but they seem different now. To Arthur Seaton, Key Worker On A Lathe In A Nottingham Cycle Factory, Life Is One Long Battle With Authority You Don T Need To Give Arthur Than One Chance To Do The Government Or Trick The ForemanAnd When The Day S Work Is Over, Arthur Is Off To The Pubs, Raring For Adventure He Is A Warrior Of The Bottle And The Bedroom His Slogan Is If It S Going, It S For Me For His Aim Is To Cheat The World Before It Can Cheat Him And Never Is The Battle Fiercely Joined Than On Saturday NightBut Sunday Morning Is The Time Of Reckoning, The Time For Facing Up To Life The Time, Too, You Run The Risk Of Getting Hooked Arthur Is No Exception 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 widely read. Alternatively misogyny, the novel No, okay, although the main character is a dick, this book read really quickly and I found myself quite enjoying it Despite the portrayal and treatment of women, that is. Not really something I enjoyed reading I disliked Arthur and the plot line wasn t too spectacular in my opinion

Alan Sillitoe was an English writer, one of the Angry Young Men of the 1950s although he, in common with most of the other writers to whom the label was applied, had never welcomed it.For see

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  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  • Alan Sillitoe
  • English
  • 19 August 2017
  • 9780452269095

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