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Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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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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sophierayton
Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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Mehso-so

For most of this book I didn't really like it but it really comes together at the end.
The main character, Michael Beard, is despicable and unattractive yet has been married 5 times and has women clamouring for his attention. I wish I could say that such a plot is unbelievable but the truth is it is sadly believable. While this book does look at relationships it also looks at climate change and the science surrounding it in a non-intimidating way.

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rachaich
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Pickpick

I really appreciated the wit and humour embedded in this. The portrayal of the self satisfying male lead was great, although he isn't particularly likeable in his traits, and the way in which the story played out was very impressive.

KateFulfordAuthor Thanks for the review 1y
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rachaich
Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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Random pick from a swap or sale. I wasn't sure to begin with but it's rather amusing in its wordiness and poking of fun!

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Elsje
Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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“Toby, listen. It‘s a catastrophe. Relax!”

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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An enjoyable read. I seem to go through periods where I read no Ian McEwan and somehow expect to be disappointed - I don't have the faintest idea why. Yet the last 2 books I read were both really good. I wanted to murder the main character, or force him to go to a fat farm or something, just reading about all he ate made me sick - but it's truly well written.

BarbaraJean I need to read more Ian McEwan. But I always feel like his books will be depressing, so I end up picking up something else instead! We're reading Atonement for my book group next month, though- a re-read for me. 3y
Anna40 Read two Ian McEwan books. Think he's an extraordinary writer. His stories ARE depressing. Browsing in the library, I couldn't find anything interesting, so decided to read another by McEwan. ... hope I will like it :) 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Anna40 I hope you find one you really like! 2y
Anna40 Started reading Solar yesterday. The main character is 😝... not sure if I will continue... 2y
Trashcanman You are a kind soul, thank you 9mo
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