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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224090496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224090490
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,066,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy Strote on May 15 2010
Format: Hardcover
While some of the plot twists are perhaps a bit too audacious, this book is worth reading if only to marvel at McEwan's command of the English language. I often caught myself reading sentences a few times, just enjoying the writing. There are few writers that have that effect for me. Back to plot for a minute. McEwan does know how to get the story from A to B quite efficiently, sometimes within a sentence, where others would have taken paragraphs to make the leap. I've liked nearly everything McEwan has done and this just adds to the list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ian McEwan is a great writer because each novel has its own distinctive style. In Solar, he delights with a wry depiction of Michael Beard, Nobel Prize winning physicist, a buffoon who stumbles into success and flails about trying to remain important. He is not an endearing protagonist, but I found his story, living on the edge of immorality, highly enjoyable. While not a comedy per se, there are a number of comical incidents that are laugh out loud funny. Although the novel centers around global warming and its politics, I did not find it dry. It was an engaging read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hana on June 9 2014
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If you were rushing to a bookstore or a library to obtain this "savagely funny" and "enormously entertaining" book, as the advertising on the cover calls it, you will be well advised to slowdown and think again.
This book is funny close to the beginning. There are dirty jokes, for men, by a man, and on men, particularly middle aged ones. Then, later, the description how the politically correct hysterics resulted would be funny, if it were not literally true and actually frightening.
Our hero is not only a scientist and a holder of the Nobel Prize, but also first class Don Juan. I might believe that he could have had even more sexual encounters than mentioned, but not about four relationships a year, while married. A relationship needs some time, while getting entangled and disentangled, and ending it all, unless, of course, he carried more than two relationships at the same time.
This book is about creating energy from water and solar energy. It is very educated and well researched.
But there is still a possibility that the whole book is a joke. On us, on the author, and on novel writing generally.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 13 2010
Format: Hardcover
"But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;" -- 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)

I suspect that Solar could become a 21st century classic from the perspective of the 22nd century. We live in days of extreme worship for celebrities, secular learning, new technologies, and self-indulgence. Undoubtedly, the pendulum will eventually swing away from such things, as it always does. As a result, it's hard to see this story now as being a serious critique of society while living in the midst of such a careless world. I apologize for my own myopia in this sense.

I thought that the portrait of Michael Beard rang very true in terms of many people I've known who have earned fame and honor at a young age for some knowledge breakthrough. I personally would have found the book a lot funnier if it had been based in the nonsense that goes on around the Nobel Prize for economics rather than for physics.

Mr. McEwan did a fine job of revealing Beard's capability for self-deception by slowly revealing how much self-justification was involved in Beard's self-image.

The book's main problem is that it feels over the top, more like slapstick satire than rapier-wit satire. I expected something a little more subtle.

But the book made me laugh, caused me to squirm, led me to self-examine my own failings (of which there have been and continue to be many), and to appreciate more fundamentally why we need God's grace to overcome our sinful natures. That's a lot to gain from a satire.

Nice work, Mr. McEwan!
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