“Engrossing and interesting. It has an peculiar perspective, at once intimate and detached. Well worth reading, if you have the interest and time getting into McEwan's universe. ”Jazzndk wrote this review Thursday, May 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one tedious book...”Sandi S wrote this review Monday, May 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't often abandon a book, but this one went back to the library today. Painfully slow and not very interesting. The main character was depressing, the book was so overwritten that there were sentences I had to read repeatedly and still didn't quite understand, and the quantum physics parts were lightyears beyond my brain. Goodbye, Solar. Maybe I'll see you later.”Brooke wrote this review Sunday, May 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Meh. ”Darcy Goshorn wrote this review Sunday, May 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New York Times book review was very negative. I thought this was an entertaining read. It was about solar power as the way to solve our energy problems. The main character's personal life is a disaster....”Debra L wrote this review Wednesday, May 5, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Caustic, funny, and tragic. I never liked the main character, and to some extent, I didn't care at all what was going to happen to him [you see a lot of it coming], but I'm loyal enough to McEwan that I kept reading anyway. It's an indictment of us all: our greed, laziness, and mistreatment of the planet. If you like McEwan, give it a try. But if you've never read anything by him, don't start with Solar.”trish527 wrote this review Monday, May 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I laughed out loud, snortingly, in several places in this book. I wouldn't say it's about climate change as much as about the 'response' to climated change - the hustling, the denials, the jockeying for position, the cynicism, the greed. I found the main character supremely unlikeable so had to work at it!”Annie W wrote this review Monday, May 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have finished reading part one and I know this for sure: McEwan doesn't disappoint. lthough the novel has no chances to be picked up by students in our school library, it eerily reminds me of a colleague...
The ending is quite unexpected. First, I thought that something was missing from the plot at this point, but when I thought about it some more, i decided it was thw usual McEwan--pure genius the belle lettre... at the end all comes into place.”
“A comic examination of the perils of professional academia, and the foibles of a particular, flawed character. Once again McEwan mesmerizes with words and charms the reader into a willing suspension of disbelief at some of the unlikely happenings in the life of the protagonist.”Johnnyjay wrote this review Friday, April 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book, a refreshingly different read to Ian McEwan's usual work. It was funny and the anti- hero was engaging, despite his numerous faults.
The plot leaps forward several years at a time, which I quite enjoyed, there was the capacity for a lot of change in Michael's life. The characters were very well drawn, especially Tom Aldous and "The Ponytails", and his long- suffering girlfrend Melissa.
But for me, the highlight, and the section that made me giggle out loud (on the bus) was Michael's trip to the Arctic, and his ill- fated call of nature......
A fine, wonderfully written novel by a master, I just love his books, and this one had a lighter touch and was better for it.”