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Solar by Ian McEwan
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May 31, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: while-in-belgium
Read in May, 2011

For me, McEwan is hot and cold. This one was tepid - so a new experience. I think it was the humor that kept me going. This old Nobel Laureate, Michael Beard uses his early life's award to surf through his later-middle years in and out of women's beds and presitgious committees on Global Warming. He's also an escape artist who sees the noose and scoots out the back door on many occasions. When finally confronted for plagiarism and infidelity - McEwan leaves us laughing at Beard's embrace of his only daughter. It's a whimsical look at the serendipity of the politics among scientists that begs the question: is history shaped more by chance or by plan? Is climate change shaped more by nature or by man? I think McEwan is taking the Mickey, here.

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