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Solar (2010)

by Ian McEwan

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.… (more)

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I gave up. And I rarely give up. Maybe too many hours in the office and not enough for reading. But I don't think so. A serious misfire by a first-rate novelist... ( )
  Dreyfusard | Sep 9, 2021 |
Jeg var SÅ tæt på at give op undervejs. Lange passager kedede mig bravt, og jeg har kæmpet for at komme igennem den. Alligevel formår McEwan med bogens sidste sætning at plastre et smørret grin på mit fjæs - han kan sgu stadig strikke en historie sammen. Langt fra hans bedste, og ikke en bog jeg vil anbefale til nye McEwan-læsere, men stadig en solid, omend lidt for lang, roman. ( )
  heineaaen | Apr 4, 2021 |
Another finely tuned study from a true master of the form. McEwan has unbelievable command, sentence to sentence, chapter to chapter which he uses here to flesh out the moment to moment emotional tone of a despicable aging physicist. The real trick is turning a monster into a man, making everyone uncomfortable in the process. I still don't understand why McEwan always puts in something shocking and unlikely in the story. Worth it for the Unintentional Thief story and as serendipitous parring with Banville's The Infinities. ( )
  Eoin | Jun 3, 2019 |
I understand, dear Ian. Dr. Beard is deplorable. He is also us: humans, particularly Americans. Imprisoned by his own appetites, he harbors only scenarios for being diversely sated. He's always selfish. He says what people want to here. Such a cad, he knows he needs to stop but can't.

It was appreciated that novel continued along its arc. After the resolution of the mud room in the polar expedition, I feared that Michael would discover self correction. Thank you, dear author. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Couldn't finish this one - TOOOOO depressing! Although the writing is good, I could not get 'into' the story line enough to stick with it. :-( ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
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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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