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Book Summary of Solar

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

When Beard's professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.

Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, SOLAR is a serious and darkly satirical novel, showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.A story of one man's greed and self-deception, it is a profound and stylish new work from one of the world's great writers.

About the Author

Ian McEwan is the author of two collections of stories and eleven previous novels, including Enduring Love, Amsterdam, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1998, Atonement and, most recently, On Chesil Beach.

Details of Book: Solar (BSID:5487)

Book Solar
Author Ian Mcewan
ISBN 0224090496
ISBN-13 9780224090490, 978-0224090490
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Publishing Date 20100318
Number of Pages 285
Language English
Dimensions 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
Weight 544 grams

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brian February 03, 2010 review from Goodreads

ian mcewan hates you, dear reader. have no illusions. the guy flings more shit and pukes more bile in solar than g.g. allin ever dared dream. check it: mcewan dazzles in select passages, but the sum ain't always more than its parts -- which isn't necessarily a bad thing. those perfect books with...

Manny June 25, 2012 review from Goodreads

The novel is completed. He has posted the bulky typescript to his publisher - old-fashioned, he prefers this unnecessary gesture to the casual economy of e-mailing a PDF - and now he is free of the tormented inner voice telling him to reword, rejig, rewrite, rethink. He knows it is not as good as...

Jessica August 31, 2010 review from Goodreads

So I imagine young novelists are a promiscuous bunch. Writers play around and flirt with all manner of novels: date one genre for a few months before finding it oppressive.... move in too quickly with a voice that turns out to be all wrong for them.... have one-night stands with forms that are wa...

Kemper April 23, 2011 review from Goodreads

The main character in Solar canâ??t control his appetites. He eats like Jabba the Hut at a casino buffet, drinks like an alcoholic fish, and chases women every chance he gets. Heâ??s also an unorganized slob who would rather just travel or stay somewhere else rather than clean up his own living space...

Mike March 07, 2010 review from Goodreads

I'm still wiggling on the fence between a hug or an enthusiastic wet kiss. Loved passages and some few hundred of McEwan's sentences, appreciated its whole-hearted embrace of its central cad, smitten by its over-arching conceit (see below), but felt slightly let down by the way that conceit const...


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