Monday, March 27, 2006

Book I liked

by "the famous norteamerican woman's writer"

IAN McEWAN Saturday.
"Saturday is a very brainy book. Not just in the sense of being highly intelligent but also in its frequent prisings apart of the human skull to inspect what lies whitin. For its neurosurgeon-hero, Henry Perowne the interior of the cranium is familiary territory. Routinely, he scrutinises its hemispheres , lobes and fisures as he excises tumors , extracts blood clots, clears blockages. Years of operating on this soft mass of nerve tissue, "mere wet stuff", haven't numbed his awe at the marvels it can perform. Aesthetic appreciation persits, too. As he cuts away the tentorium, where the membrane sheating the brain gathers and parts , he sees it as "a pale delicate structure of beauty, like the little whirl of a veiled dancer". But chiefly it is the challenging practicalities of his job- obstacles overcome by skill and stamina- that give him satisfaction ".