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McEwan's writing is spectacular, as always.
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Michael Beard, physicist and womanizer, is resting on his laurels after winning the Nobel Prize decades ago. He lets life happen to him and we are along for the ride. An accident in his home provides him the means and opportunity to advance his floundering career and enables him to work on a project that could save the world from climate change. I found myself quite fond of Beard, even though he sabatages everything in his life. He never learns from his mistakes and remains true to himself to the very end. This was my fourth Ian McEwan novel and, I think, my favorite.
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Michael Beard, physicist and womanizer, is resting on his laurels after winning the Nobel Prize decades ago. He lets life happen to him and we are along for the ride. An accident in his home provides him the means and opportunity to advance his floundering career and enables him to work on a project that could save the world from climate change. I found myself quite fond of Beard, even though he sabatages everything in his life. He never learns from his mistakes and remains true to himself to the very end. This was my fourth Ian McEwan novel and, I think, my favorite.
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Ian McEwan's latest offering, Solar, is a departure from his serious side. The main character, Professor Michael Beard, is an aging, pompous, and ridiculous Nobel-winning physicist who is far past his prime. He is one messed up fellow who sits comfortably on the laurels of his discovery many, many years previous.  He is duplicitous, self-obsessed, arrogant, and greedy. Yet Beard is one of the funniest characters I've ever come across, and even though the laughs are mostly at his expense, that somehow doesn't make you despise him.  McEwan can do serious, tragic, obsessive, morbid, and poignant better than most writers, but it is a delightful surprise to discover that he can do humor as well. This is a wonderful book that somehow is exceedingly deeper than it appears on the surface!

"Synopsis" by , Michael Beard is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist (and compulsive overeater) 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 halfheartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. Meanwhile, Michael’s fifth marriage is floundering due to his incessant womanizing. When his professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Michael to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and save the world from environmental disaster. But 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-deception, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work—Ian McEwan at his finest.

 

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