WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him.
A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering.
But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.
When Beard's professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.
Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, this is a story of one man's greed and self-deception; a darkly satirical novel showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/03/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099549024
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Review by michaeldwebb
A book about an deeply unpleasant Nobel prize winning scientist. The book worked on one level, as a basic thriller, and in that way was unjoyable enough, if not particularly deep. The problem is that the scientist, Michael Beard, just had no redeeming traits, and just came across as an artist's (ie the author's) personification of their distrust of science in general.
Review by sianpr
The protagonist of Solar, Michael Beard, is an amoral character and a brilliant scientist past his heyday. Beard lurches from one disaster to the next and an event at the start of the story eventually catches up with him at the end. Along the way his womanising, gluttony and dishonesty seemingly know no bounds. Can't say that this was a particular humorous book but then again this depends on your sense of humour. Worth reading but McEwan has written sharper books than this.