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Solar April 12, 2010

Posted by Sean Welsh in reviews.

Picked up Ian McEwan’s latest and read most of it while on a reef trip off Port Douglas of all places. It’s quite an interesting read. I saw the writer on TV discussing climate change and the story does feature some snappy lines on that subject. The protagonist is quite amoral or rather morally inconsistent. One would expect nothing less from Ian McEwan but he lacks the concentrated evil of some of the characters in his early books. Still, it was a realistic depiction of a fairly unappealing character. Overall, it was an entertaining story though I felt it was not quite as good as Chesil Beach or Atonement. Just not moving at the end. It kinds of splutters out into an unresolved mess.

Even so, worth the read.



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