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Solar by Ian McEwan
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Apr 30, 2012

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Not especially memorable, the book is however an enjoyable read.
The story follows Michael Beard, a Nobel prize-winning physicist through his foibles and ambitions in two sections, one from 2000 and the other from 2009. It explores, in sometimes humorous detail, his less-than-perfect character, the collapse of his marriage, and his inner thought life as he seeks to keep himself relevant in the world and the UK.
The story reads well as a character study, and as a window into the world of professionals in the United Kingdom today, especially the fields of science. The richness of social detail make you feel you've lived with Michael Beard, a literary achievement by Mr McEwan.
That said, living with Michael Beard is not necessarily a pleasant experience.

Not my type of book, it may be your's: one reviewer called it 'a stellar performance' full of 'imaginative and intellectual energy'. Imaginative certainly, intellectual enough to stimulate, but still light fictional reading with a humorous slant, I wouldn't call it a stellar performance.

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