Solar Audio CD – Jan 2010
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"A novel that promises comedy as well as crisis" Guardian "McEwan has already aired extracts ... and the warmth, humour and zest of the book were unmistakable" Sunday Times "McEwan avoids the problem of how to dramatise and emotive area of science by uncharacteristically and highly effectively deploying a sly streak of comedy." Metro "Climate-change comedy that's every bit as brilliant as its title suggests" The Sunday Times "Solar has an engagingly direct, bleakly comic view of science and scientists. It also convinces." Times Literary Supplement
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
Perhaps I should not dare to criticise a writer from whose writing I otherwise usually get such great satisfaction and, for the rest of the book, I'm relieved to say, I don't have to dare; for again I am drawn by the incisiveness of the snapshots themselves. For instance, in describing Beard we learn of his marriages being "... tidal, with one rolling out, just before another rolled in." This sound like a metaphor for the inevitability of his marital failure while also implying the loneliness of one man confronted by an ocean full of lady-fish but none staying long enough for him to savour; none long enough, for him to experience what McEwan might elsewhere call "enduring love."
Yet, despite Beard's hapless marriages and the mild disgust I felt for the "vaguely unprepossessing, often bald, short, fat" and "clever" man, nevertheless, I couldn't help feeling a scintilla of pity for him as he at last confronts/repents at leisure with a consuming sense of "shame" and is ultimately reduced to a sort of "sexual masochism"; in that "No woman had ever looked or sounded so desirable as the wife [No. 5] who he suddenly could not have" while she was busy with another affair.Read more ›
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It's not every day that one's favourite author releases a new novel so, needless to say, I was psyched to read Ian McEwan's Solar. Read morePublished on May 30 2011 by Reader Writer Runner
"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... Read morePublished on July 13 2010 by Donald Mitchell
McEwan has written a very compelling story about a renowned Nobel laureate's attempt to develop a plan to find an effective alternative energy source to save the world from global... Read morePublished on July 7 2010 by Ian Gordon Malcomson