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Solar (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Ian McEwan

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Title:Solar
Authors:Ian McEwan
Info:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 332 pages
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Solar by Ian McEwan (2010)

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  Brumby18 | Jun 14, 2017 |
I'm beginning to wonder if contemporary fiction is becoming an impossible task for me. It often begins to seem like work to force a book to its conclusion, when it seems like most of them are simply sex fantasies of middle aged men writing about middle aged, overweight, self-indulgent men having sex with numerous much younger women...oh, and putting some sort of other story around it that takes up about one-quarter of the text and is meant to justify yet another book about middle aged, overweight, self-indulgent men having sex with numerous much younger women. It doesn't help that this book peddles some much abused tropes about women in science (granted, it does present the rationality of the position of women's rights advocates eventually, but that is overlain by the nonsense spouted by the main character, probably to make us realize what an ass he is, but unfortunately handled in a way that makes it look unanswered), environmentalism (again, the author appears to be on the side of the angels, but a denier would find much to like in this book), and the arts (here, I can give nothing. The author basically allowed the main character, a physicist, to have his say on the arts without much dispute, other than putting in a couple of artists who were nice, pleasant people, but still appeared frivolous and ignorant in comparison to physics). The book left a very unpleasant taste in my mouth. If authors want to show us unpleasant characters doing unpleasant things to make us dislike them, fine, but there are ways to do it that don't leave you feeling like you've just swum in the sewer. ( )
  Devil_llama | Jun 1, 2017 |
Meh. McEwan can do better. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
disappointing. annoying character and little point. ( )
  gpaisley | Jun 18, 2016 |
His use of english is outstanding!!! So far his other books are as good. WOW! ( )
  PaulRx04 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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Solar is grappig, slim geschreven en spannend tot op de laatste bladzijde. Een roman om, Beardsgewijs, duimen en vingers bij af te likken.
added by PGCM | editKnack, Jan Stevens (Nov 25, 2010)
 
Despite the book’s somber, scientific backdrop (and global warming here is little but that), “Solar” is Mr. McEwan’s funniest novel yet — a novel that in tone and affect often reads more like something by Zoë Heller or David Lodge. Like “Amsterdam,” this latest book shows off his gifts as a satirist, but while it gets off to a rollicking start, its plot machinery soon starts to run out of gas, sputtering and stalling as it makes its way from one comic set piece to another.
 
Solar” is een vermakelijke en bijzonder goed gevulde roman, waarvan ook de wetenschappelijke gedeelten strak en helder geschreven zijn. Ian McEwan weet als zo vaak minutieus realisme en stilistische elegantie met elkaar te verenigen. De vraag die velen zich wel zullen stellen is: waar wil McEwan met zijn lezer naar toe? Er is namelijk slechts één gids: de onbetrouwbare anti-held Michael Beard, “passé” als geleerde maar niet genoeg om hem zo maar van de tafel te vegen. Zijn seksuele en andersoortige geeuwhonger maakt van deze Nobelprijslaureaat wel een karikaturale omkering van wat de nieuwe mens zou moeten zijn en hoe hij zich op een verantwoordelijke wijze tot de aarde en zijn medebewoners zou moeten gedragen.
 
Lightness, however, comes less easily to McEwan, whose style depends on deliberateness and a certain ponderousness. The ominous lining up of causes and effects and the patient tweaking of narrative tension don't always mesh well with the aimed-for quickness and brio. Some of the humour is quite broad: there's a rather clunking motif concerning polar bears, and Beard gets involved with a stereotypical Southern waitress who's called, in the way of trailer-trash types, Darlene. He emerges as a figure of some comic dynamism, but the pages on his childhood and youth, though brilliantly done, articulate poorly with the knockabout parts of the plot. Once it became clear that the book's world is comic, I also found myself wondering if it wouldn't have benefited from being more loosely assembled, with shorter, discontinuous episodes and Beard functioning along the lines of Updike's Bech, Nabokov's Pnin or the consciousness in Calvino's Cosmicomics.
 
Beard is as robust and full-fleshed and ebullient a character as McEwan has come up with. And in Solar, he shows a side to himself as a writer — a puckishness, a broadness of humour, an extravagance of style — that we haven’t seen before.
 

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The literary event of the season: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful.

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. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her.

When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity?

A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers.

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When Nobel prize-winning physicist Michael Beard's personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster.… (more)

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