Solar

Solar Ian McEwan
  • Title: Solar
  • Author: Ian McEwan
  • ISBN: 9780224090490
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Solar Ian McEwan Solar Michael Beard is a Nobel prize winning physicist whose best work is behind him and whose fifth marriage is crumbling However an invitation to travel to New Mexico offers him a chance for him to extr
    Michael Beard is a Nobel prize winning physicist whose best work is behind him, and whose fifth marriage is crumbling However, an invitation to travel to New Mexico offers him a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and save the world from environmental disaster Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messeMichael Beard is a Nobel prize winning physicist whose best work is behind him, and whose fifth marriage is crumbling However, an invitation to travel to New Mexico offers him a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and save the world from environmental disaster Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity 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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    About Ian McEwan


    1. Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970 He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.McEwan s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites the Whitbread Novel Award 1987 and the Prix F mina Etranger 1993 for The Child in Time and Germany s Shakespeare Prize in 1999 He has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction numerous times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998 His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award 2002 , National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award 2003 , Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction 2003 , and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel 2004 He was awarded a CBE in 2000 In 2006, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader s Digest Author of the Year.McEwan lives in London His most recently published work is Nutshell 2016.


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    1. ian mcewan hates you, dear reader have no illusions the guy flings shit and pukes bile in solar than g.g allin ever dared dream check it mcewan dazzles in select passages, but the sum ain t always than its parts which isn t necessarily a bad thing those perfect books with clearly defined themes, succinct, streamlined yuk you can have em we like the meandering messes, shot to shit with all the baggage but at the end of the slop we ve gotta feel something, it s gotta mean something so mcewan th [...]

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    2. The novel is completed He has posted the bulky typescript to his publisher old fashioned, he prefers this unnecessary gesture to the casual economy of e mailing a PDF and now he is free of the tormented inner voice telling him to reword, rejig, rewrite, rethink He knows it is not as good as his earlier books, which sometimes feel as though they were written by a near stranger, by a person he only half remembers being He has poured some of his confusion and disappointment into the novel s central [...]

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    3. The main character in Solar can t control his appetites He eats like Jabba the Hut at a casino buffet, drinks like an alcoholic fish and chases women every chance he gets He s also an unorganized slob who would rather just travel or stay somewhere else rather than clean up his own living space On top of being greedy, opportunistic, selfish and lazy, he has no regard for the future He can rationalize any potential warning signs of health issues or unpleasant business he d rather not deal with and [...]

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    4. Onvan Solar Nevisande Ian McEwan ISBN 385533411 ISBN13 9780385533416 Dar 287 Safhe Saal e Chap 2010

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    5. So I imagine young novelists are a promiscuous bunch Writers play around and flirt with all manner of novels date one genre for a few months before finding it oppressive move in too quickly with a voice that turns out to be all wrong for them have one night stands with forms that are way too experimental And I m sure it s great fun for awhile, but it s not what they re ultimately after No novelist wants to play the field forever And some do find that special novel early, while for others it take [...]

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    6. I was reading in bed last night I was a little than half way through and it hit me it is taking way too long to read this thing Why Not because it s a big book, or particularly difficult to understand, but because it is so boring I dread opening it each day so I put it off I read anything else I closed it and tossed it aside I m done I ll go find a new one tomorrow at the library It s really disappointing too, because when I read the premise, it sounded great But McEwan spends so much time on t [...]

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    7. Nobel Laureate in Physics Michael Beard is a truly revolting piece of work a slave to his appetites, whose progress through the novel is just one orgiastic frenzy of wenching, gourmandizing self indulgence because, after all, curbing his sybaritic excess would just be too inconvenient If you think it s a stroke of genius by Ian McEwan to use this troglodyte as a heavy handed symbol of the kind of behavior that s causing global warming, then good for you Let me know if you still feel that way aft [...]

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    8. Out of all his novels, Solar, according to Ian McEwan himself, is the one that bombed in the United States Before reading the novel, I wondered why this was so Having read it, I see two possible reasons for this one, that the efforts of the United States in the battle to save the planet are criticized by the main character, Michael Beard as being too ineffectual, or two that there is so much scientific jargon in the novel the importance of it in the aforementioned battle notwithstanding that the [...]

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    9. Solar no se parece a ninguno de los libros que he le do anteriormente de Ian McEwan En l te encuentras grandes dosis de humor, ingl s, por supuesto, llenas de iron a y s tira, muy del estilo del gran David Lodge En mi recuerdo quedar el viaje que realiza el protagonista al rtico, parte en la que es inevitable soltar alguna que otra carcajada.La historia est protagonizada por Michael Beard, de unos cincuenta a os, f sico te rico y ganador del Premio Nobel hace unos a os por su contribuci n al mun [...]

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    10. Not bad at all The kinda 3 you re happy to spend time with, though McEwan is a comfy writer.4archive board lit thread I know most reviewers are happy to have spent time with a book if they end up giving it 3 but I guess I just value my time than they do ahahaha xD If climate change kills us all global warming is a scarier term, but we still need something worse, like worldwide asphyxiation or something , let it be said that novelist Ian McEwan pontificated comically on it

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    11. Should I feel ashamed According to some critics of McEwan s Solar I should, since its hero, Michael Beard, is a despicable character, a philanderer, a plagiarist, an egocentric and a criminal liar whom I totally liked Moreover, it is a long time since I have been so immersed in a reading to forget everything around me last week I almost missed the metro stop on my way to university, such I was enjoying this crazy, crazy book, which rose conflicting reactions in its readers.One of the most acerbi [...]

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    12. Global Warming, Creative CoolingMichael Beard, the protagonist of Ian McEwan s long awaited new novel, is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics Fifty something when the book opens, he has become a minor establishment figure, chair of government committees and keynote speaker at conferences, but he is all too aware that his original work is long behind him By the second of the book s three sections, he has reinvented himself as a crusader in the fight against global warming, and the final part t [...]

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    13. A Nobel winning physicist is approaching the descending side of his life Michael Beard s had five wives with each marriage leaving a bigger pile of emotional junk in its wake He can t or won t grow up He just stays in motion hoping it will all sort itself out It doesn t It gets worse By the end of the book there are sweltering piles of personal and professional cacao threatening to fall on him.In classic McEwen style there is a pivot incident that changes or enhances the trajectory of Beard s li [...]

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    14. In this satirical novel Ian McEwan creates the unlikeable Michael Beard, Nobel Prize winning Physicist With his best work behind him, Michael is an overweight womaniser who lives off speaking engagements and memberships of Boards At the start of the novel he has recently been appointed to head a new Centre looking for novel ways of generating renewable energy.For some reason Michael Beard is a magnet to younger women He is currently on his 5th marriage and, for some reason that is not clear to m [...]

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    15. Auf Seite 198 breche ich nun ab.Bisher konnten mich die Romane von Ian McEwan gut unterhalten Doch mit Solar ist meine Grenze im Moment erreicht Der Hauptcharakter ist ein Unsympath sondergleichen, der sich f r den tollsten Hecht im Teich h lt und erstaunlicherweise auch noch Erfolg bei den Frauen hat.Jedes Mal, wenn ich denke jetzt kommt Fahrt in die Geschichte und es passiert mal bisschen was vom Klappentext, dann legt McEwan den R ckw rtsgang ein und schwafelt erst mal ohne Ende von seinem ac [...]

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    16. This is the first McEwan I have read not sure how I ve avoided him up till now, because I have a few on my shelf waiting to be read It was a fairly easy read, but I admit I wasn t impressed, even though McEwan writes well It is supposed to be satire and comedy and I know the protagonist, Michael Beard is not supposed to be likeable that bit is successful , but for me the whole did not work.The novel is in three sections set in 2000, 2005 and 2009 seeing Beard move from 53 to 62 from the demise o [...]

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    17. Rating two grudging stars of five p81 In the middle of a paragraph, a thunderbolt struck me I don t like Ian MxEwan I didn t like AtonementI thought the damned kid shoulda been stonedI didn t like Saturdayd I do NOT like this tedious tale of a credit grabbing bore of a has been.So that s that Like David Lodge, I shall leave the McEwanizing to the Brits and their fellow travelers I myownself will be hornswoggled if I EVER consent to open another of his books.Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says My [...]

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    18. Non posso dire che non mi sia piaciuto, ma non sto nemmeno stappando lo champagne Andiamo per ordine McEwan stilisticamente parlando a dir poco brillante Anche se parlasse della passeggiata col suo cane, riuscirebbe a far resuscitare i morti con quelle sue frasi che sembrano buttate cos a caso, come quando di getto si tira gi la lista della spesa, ma che sono dissacranti, taglienti e ironiche, e a maggior ragione illuminanti E vi assicuro, che raggiungere questi risultati tutti insieme, in una f [...]

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    19. Great satire of a scientist who is all too human in his appetites, insecurities, and problems in relationships The protagonist, Michael Beard, is a Nobel laureate in quantum physics who has run out of ideas and bumbles through marriage after marriage, a lovable misanthrope and solipsist McEwan portrays very realistically how such a physicist might hitch his sail to the movement for renewable energy, artificial photosynthesis in particular We root for him as his personal disasters threaten his pr [...]

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    20. For days I ve been trying to think all the reasons why this novel disappointed me so much, even as I was one of the many in our bookclub to enthusiastically vote it for our April read Normally I quite enjoy Ian McEwan, though other than On Chesil Beach, his books even when I admire them leave me with a tingling sense of annoyance that I never before understood.Until I read today s excellent NY Times review, which, summed up, pretty much labels it an overwritten, overstretched too good novel so g [...]

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    21. McEwan, Ian SOLAR 2010 Mr McEwan has done it again created the perfect novel that explores a man s life and life work This time, his subject is Michael Beard Dr Beard is a Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist who won the prize by elucidating and expanding on one of Einstein s basic theoretical proposals This work was done when he was in his twenties Now, it s twenty years later and he hasn t been able to anything of any note since He has been living off his past glory by serving on committe [...]

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    22. It s been well documented that Michael Beard, the protagonist of Ian McEwan s novel, Solar, is one of McEwan s unlikable characters But then I think that McEwan generally likes the unlikable I find Briony from Atonement close to unbearable, completely so after she s grown I can hardly think of a character of his that I actually like Despite this, I like McEwan very much His writing is near pitch perfect And there s something freeing in seeing the seedier side of humanity at the center of his st [...]

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    23. The publishing world makes such a fuss when Ian McEwan produces a new book that I succumb to the hype every time and read the latest one When I heard that he was tackling climate change this time, I wondered if this would be the novel to convince me that I ve been wrong about him all along as, although I admire his style and his research skills, I ve always found his stories to be unpleasantly menacing while bordering on the ridiculous, a combination which doesn t make for much reader satisfacti [...]

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    25. As I started the second part of this book, I started wondering if this could end up being the first McEwan book that I didn t like at all But I also had the feeling that I could trust him, and I was right to do so the bad feeling quickly went away Some of the humor was not to my liking, in particular a slapstick y episode early on and a gross out scene later on But the latter wasn t too bad, considering, and I still could appreciate how well done the former was A few things later on seemed repet [...]

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    26. Not my favourite McEwan novel but a fine story nonetheless Michael Beard is one of those characters you want to throttle publicly, yet privately you egg him on.

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    27. I think my first review has to be defending this old favourite, which is absolutely in my top three Ian McEwan books and also my top twenty books ever You re not interested in me, but when someone who reads a significant amount has a book among their all time favourites that book must have some redeeming qualities, I find.Solar is the story of Michael Beard Michael Beard has been characterised among reviewers and Ian McEwan fans as obnoxious , and they say this ruins the book, because we spend a [...]

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    28. This is Ian McEwan s latest novel It is by far the funniest of his writings, and some of the scenes he vividly paints literally had me laughing out aloud I won t spoil the surprise by revealing any of these miniature masterpieces, but they combine an acute awareness of human nature, double entrendre and irony that have long been the hallmarks of authors such as Michael Frayn The hero of the novel is an inherently unlikeable person, rich in the unattractive traits of a certain type of self import [...]

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    29. By anyone else this would be a rather mediocre book, and it s certainly not his best Atonement was far better and complex It s really only redeemed by McEwan s consistently elegant writing style and the way it hangs together, not just in the description of Beard s repulsive character but in the science too I see others have labelled it a comic novel I wouldn t, in fact I thought the comic interlude of the Northern cruise was pointless and quite unbelievable compared to the carefully crafted phy [...]

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    30. Solar van Ian McEwan is een satirische roman en wijkt af van al zijn voorgaande boeken, die meestal toch behoorlijk macaber zijn Het was echt een verrassing voor me dat McEwan enorm hilarisch kan schrijven Het boek heeft de bestrijding van klimaatverandering als thema, maar op werkelijk idealisme kan men de hoofdpersoon niet betrappen Professor Beard verleent zijn naam aan deze goede zaak alleen maar als hij er zelf beter van wordt De professor is een volstrekt imle persoon die al meer dan twint [...]

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