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Saville Saville centers around Colin a young boy growing up in the fictional Yorkshire mining village of Saxton during the Second World War and the postwar years This is the story of a miner s son and his g

  • Title: Saville
  • Author: David Storey
  • ISBN: 9780380018895
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • Saville centers around Colin, a young boy growing up in the fictional Yorkshire mining village of Saxton during the Second World War and the postwar years.This is the story of a miner s son, and his growth from the 1930s on, his rise in the world by way of grammar school and college At first there is triumph in this, not least for the father who had spurred him on, but laSaville centers around Colin, a young boy growing up in the fictional Yorkshire mining village of Saxton during the Second World War and the postwar years.This is the story of a miner s son, and his growth from the 1930s on, his rise in the world by way of grammar school and college At first there is triumph in this, not least for the father who had spurred him on, but later alienated from his class, and with nowhere yet to go Colin finds himself struggling to remain in the place that made him.Saville won the Booker prize in 1976.

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      • David Storey

        David Storey was an English playwright, screenwriter, award winning novelist and a former professional rugby league player Storey was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1933, and studied at the Slade School of Art His first two novels were both published in 1960, a few months apart This Sporting Life, which won the Macmillan Fiction Award and was adapted for an award winning 1963 film, and Flight Into Camden, which won the Somerset Maugham Award His next novel, Radcliffe 1963 met with widespread critical acclaim in both England and the United States, and during the 1960s and 70s, Storey became widely known for his plays, several of which achieved great success He returned to fiction in 1972 with Pas, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and was short listed for the Booker Prize Saville 1976 won the Booker Prize and has been hailed by at least one critic as the best of all the Booker winners His most recent novel was Thin Ice Skater 2004 David Storey lived in London He was married and had four children.


    1. This novel epitomizes one of my favorite quotes:"Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." ― Boris PasternakReading this book really is an extraordinary experience! I found much of it to be very comforting, very homey. I found other parts to be quite disturbing. This novel affected me in ways that I'm still trying to sort out. I suspect this is a story that I'll continue to think about, to try to [...]

    2. What I really liked about this 1976 Booker Prize winning novel is its Coetzeeshness. The childhood descriptions were as par compared to 'Boyhood' of Sir JM Coetzee and writing style was slow and moving. This book is all about Coal Minor's son Colin Saville and pictures from his life, right from his birth to bitter adulthood, vacillating in angry formulas of life. But the areas where this book scores are dark, rummaging and going-no-where kind of a life. The meaningless of his family for him, the [...]

    3. Saville is filled with coal mining history and follows the life of the main character caught up in the middle of it. Detailed and emotional, it's a really unforgettable story.

    4. This review has been hard to write, because this book has been extremely difficult to read. This is a personal thing on my part, because I have always found novels that describe childhood in school to be difficult, mainly because my latter years in school were not always pleasant. Saville talks about school life in spades, and a difficult school life at that. It tells the tale of Colin Saville, son of a coal miner in a 1930s Northern British mining village, who wins a scholarship to the prestigi [...]

    5. A reflection on Saville by David StoreySaville won the Booker Prize in 1976. In such a vast novel it is inevitable that the pace will occasionally quicken and slacken, but a book like this can be read over weeks, almost dipped into as the passing phases of Colin’s life unfold. David Story was born in Wakefield, and so was I. It could be argued that his most famous and perhaps still most successful work is “This Sporting Life”, a portrait of a Rugby League player who achieves local fame and [...]

    6. Книга - почти бесстрастный рассказ о жизни в небольшой шахтёрской деревушке. Автор настолько хорошо описывает ситуацию, что в книгу погружаешься с головой. Да, это я живу на той улице, за стеной от одного из упомянутых семейств. Очевидно, что жизнь шахтёров нельзя назвать лё [...]

    7. This is a book that is going to stay with me for awhile. I enjoyed the minutiae of Saville, but I also found the tone to be just so well handled. It is a tone of bleakness, frank existence, and of struggle.Struggle to get out of a place, struggle to make others see a place as you see it, struggle to seek approval, struggle to give approval, struggle to please. This was what really struck me most, was the parent-child dynamics being played out. Michael Reagan and his violin, Batty going to jail ( [...]

    8. If you grew up in a low-income family; particularly if you've been exposed to a more comfortable way of life (tertiary education or more well-off mates), then this book will surely strike a chord with you. Powerful stuff.

    9. Although somewhat bleak this book stayed with me and really gripped me. It really puts you in the shoes of the main character.

    10. There was a very strange feel to this book. It felt very removed from that which it was narrating, the sense of alienation which the main character, Colin, feels by the end, being a part of the reader-experience throughout. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. I did, actually. I rather got into reading it. It gave a view into a world that I didn't know, but that became increasingly familiar throughout. It was a world that I could imagine my Grandparents being aware of, something they would have [...]

    11. Well, I have fallen behind on reviewing and on reading, so I figured I might try to do a little catching up. Since I just reviewed Sons and Lovers, might as well start with Saville, one of its successors. Saville falls into a fairly well-trod category of British literature: boy grows up in poor mining town, tries to escape, alternatively aided and held back by imperfect parents. Similarly, the main character is conflicted about his town: he feels his mining roots strongly, but at the same time y [...]

    12. Brought all sorts of other books to my mind: Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence, of course, Room at the Top by John Braine, even How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn. Early/mid-century bildungsroman among the industrial working class and the tensions created by aspirations to escape one's environment while also feeling connected to it.

    13. I read this book years ago and came back to it wanting to enjoy the work again. Unfortunately this was a book that perhaps does not bear a second reading. It is now painfully outdated. This was a surprise. I've re-read a number of Booker prize winners over the years and most do stand the test of time. I read Docherty for the first time recently and feel that, if you're after working class grit and grim, you might be better served choosing that book.

    14. An intense coming of age story that starts off stronger than it finishes, as your hope ebbs for Colin Saville. I became very invested in the main character and it was agonizing to go through the later stages of his young adulthood. A very realistic book that reads as black, white and grey as I imagine 1940s and 50s Wakefield must have been. Powerful, vivid writing.Not to give anything away, the last line reads: "Above a distant line of trees, a smear of blackish smoke appeared." Yup.

    15. This book is just a little bit depressing.The evocation of time, place and character is strong, but the alienation of the eponymous hero is reflected in a narrative that only really describes the outside of everything. The story is disjointed and there seem to be huge blank areas of the character's life about which we are told nothing.

    16. I would like to read this book, but after going through this app I am still not able to figure out how to download the book so I can read it. I have clicked on "to read" but nothing happens, so even though this app has great reviews I am quickly giving up on it, even though there are several books I would like to read.

    17. Story of a young boy growing up in a bleak mining town, and the events and his efforts to escape to be something other than another collier. Well written with a good cast of characters from the different classes of people.

    18. Found Saville a very difficult character to warm to. Just found him very insipid, wanted him to have a back bone and to achieve something.

    19. I liked this book. Well written. Kept me engaged. Made me think, reflect, and wonder. Can't ask for more from a book, so I'm glad I rescued it from my husband's hometown library's giveaway shelf.

    20. mmm at first time i think it was like Seville city in Spain :)hh I'm Just Joking but The story is disjointed and there seem to be huge blank areas of the character's life.I enjoy

    21. An engrossing story of a boy growing up in dire surroundings, a northern English coal mining village. There are passages of epic detail and others of philosophical debate. The main characters are as complex and contradictory as human beings tend to be, Saville himself more than any.This is not a book to “like” for twists and turns of plot, for the author does not play soap opera games with us. It does not resolve comfortably and one would not wish to meet any of its characters over a pint. B [...]

    22. This is going to be a curious review because I have some very contradictory feelings about this book. First, the storyline is fairly dull and uneventful which is not a noteworthy asset for a 500 page book. However, I found the book to be almost mesmerizing and rather enjoyable. The story follows the life of a young boy growing up in a lower working class family and has hints of exposing some of the injustice of the class system as well as an abusive school system, but this is really not the focu [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this. Something of a slow-burn, it details the life of Colin Saville. There a few laughs in this novel; Storey's focuses on family ties and the sense of obligation a child feels when his parents have made sacrifices to give him opportunities. At the same time he explores the resentment of the child who feels he cannot live his own life as needs to live up to his parents' expectations and repay a debt he never asked his them to pay.

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