“You Gradgrind”: The Role of Literature in Saturday
Dan Fang questions McEwan’s stance on literature in Saturday as she uses examples of literature’s possible power and influence in Perowne’s life. For a neurosurgeon who doesn’t seem to like literature, Perowne seems to attract quite a bit of poetic justice, both figuratively (with Baxter under his knife at the end) and literally (with Daisy reciting poetry to ward off her attacker.) So what IS the ultimate stance? Is literature powerful, or in the eyes of a neurosurgeon, is it merely a farce? Join the discussion below!