March 30, 2010
March 30, 2010
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Michael Beard is coasting through his professional life, making no real contribution since he won his award, while his fifth marriage is in danger due to his, and his wife's, infidelities, until he gets a chance at redemption when he is called on to save humanity from environmental disaster. (General fiction). Simultaneous.
Michael Beard, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, find himself in a middle-age morass, his fifth marriage in shambles, his career stalled, his reputation ruined by an ill-advised comment about the chemistry of the female brain, and his paunch unmistakably moving down and out from his body. Unlikely as it seems, Beard might also be the only person who can save the planet--if his artificial photosynthesis can halt the inexorable march of global warming. Booker-winner Ian McEwan's rollicking and hilarious SOLAR marks a drastic shift in tone from his previous few novels (ON CHESIL BEACH, SATURDAY, ATONEMENT). SOLAR's protagonist is a wonderfully conceived mess of a human, half brilliant half buffoon, a man who continually makes pledges towards progress even as he slouches towards disaster--in short, Beard is a perfect representation of modern civilization's great promises and pitfalls. Written with characteristic panache, and drawing in part on his own skirmishes with the media, McEwan's SOLAR might be one of the most important and intelligent novels about climate change ever written--and is almost certainly the funniest. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Society + Social Issues, Science + Technology, Types of Characters, Literary, Love + Relationships + Sex, Peoples + Cultures
- Edition: Large Print
- Language: English
- Author: Ian McEwan
- Online Item #: 12317938
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-1734
- ISBN: 9780739377789
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported