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Announcing: October Brunch - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Sillitoe)

From: rachel
Sent on: Monday, August 16, 2010 2:15 PM
Hello Brainy Readers!

For those of you not able to join us for September's "Alice" Anniversary Brunch...I thought I'd send the link for October's book in case you need some extra time to get reading. Hope to see many of you there! (This book and November's selection were chosen hopefully for some good points of comparison - they were written only a few years apart by authors in a similar circle).

When: Sunday, October 17,[masked]:30 PM

Back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Recently-deceased Alan Sillitoe's 1958 first novel is described as "a rousing and uproarious novel of the life, loves, and misadventures of a working-class rogue, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" marked the arrival of one of the most cherished authors in the twenty-first century.

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. Before long, however, his devil may care life-style gets him into some serious trouble, and Arthur's life takes a turn that not even he could have imagined."

A selection from the "1001 Books to Read Before You Die"

?Brilliant. . .[Sillitoe] has assured himself a place in the history of the English novel.??The New Yorker

?That rarest of all finds: a genuine no-punches-pulled, unromanticised working class novel. Mr. Sillitoe is a born writer, who knows his milieu and describes it with vivid, loving precision.??Daily Telegraph

?Sillitoe's account of the rebellious young factory-fodder hero Arthur Seaton was timely when first published. . . . It is timeless now.??The Guardian

?One of the best English writers of the day.? ?The New York Times Book Review

?A master storyteller.? ?The Observer

?Outspoken and vivid.??Sunday Times, London

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