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In the afterglow of winning a Nobel Prize, Michael Beard lives a dismal life marked by multiple marriages, figurehead positions, and his own gluttony. However, after his most recent wife leaves him, Beard attempts to start living life to the fullest. He stumbles into this new life with a great deal of fanfare and catastrophe: covering up murder, nearly losing his penis to frostbite, and devising a plan to harness the power of the sun to save the planet. Roger Allam's English accent and gravelly voice balances a range of characters and emotions, especially Beard's arrogance and self-righteousness. More importantly, Allam's straightforward delivery of Beard's zany adventures enhances the humorous quality of McEwan's text. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 1).
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Critics expressed decidedly mixed opinions about McEwan's latest work--and perhaps it's no surprise that he was better-reviewed on his UK home front. While most critics on either side of the pond praised the author's intelligent plot (especially his command of science) and ample storytelling gifts, the majority agreed that Solar is not his best novel to date. A few commented that the several narrative strands, which take place over more than a decade, do not cohere; Beard's jaunt to the North Pole, for example is interesting but tangential. Tired jokes, a rushed climax, and Beard's own piggish character felt claustrophobic to others. But most contentious of all was the satirical, comic tone superimposed on the very serious subject of climate change. Though Solar is a worthy inquiry into truth, morality, and the future of humanity, some critics could not get past McEwan's approach. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Solar was one of my book club reads for this month. I was pretty excited to start reading since I just read and loved Atonement, but unfortunately this book just was not as good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen R
hilarious, brilliant, and roger allum is one of hte few who's vioce is nice to hear, unlike most audio booksPublished 1 month ago by Gauhri
I really enjoyed this very disagreeable but sadly humorous main character. Yes, we've all been there, but hopefully we don't take it quite so far.Published 2 months ago by C. C. Selavy
This novel is a fascinating portrait of a man who on one hand is a genius and on the other hand a psychological disaster. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johann David Renner
I love the author - but I could not get into this book of his.Published 2 months ago by Daniele Collignon
As always, McEwan delivers, as always the end is if not surprising, at least well merited. The writing is, as always impeccable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Angela G
I never have gotten in to books where the main character is someone I can't sympathize with or identify with. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marylaine H. Driese
I thought it was a true story, but it turnout to be an ugly novel about an ugly man. Do not read!Published 6 months ago by A. Bird
0 stars. unbelievable contrast to some of his excellent books. I cant imagine why he wrote this one. shame on you.Published 6 months ago by Arthur Colman