With the nice weather, it would appear that a book named Solar (by Ian McEwan) would a perfect choice for April’s book club, but most of the group really struggled to get through it. Those that persevered enjoyed it and thought the last part of the book was worth it, but a fair few struggled with the unsympathetic main character.
Solar tells the story of the unlikable Michael Beard, an aging scientist who is coasting on his twenty-year-old Nobel Prize, when a freak accident puts him in possession of brilliant ideas from a young scientists. Passing them off as his own, Beard tries to solve the problems of climate change as well as dealing with his own disastrous personal life.
Thoroughly researched, at times the book is too heavy on science and some people in the group felt it detracted from the story itself. As with many of his other works, this had elements that felt like they would translate very well onto screen. The whole group felt this probably wasn’t a good place to start with Ian McEwan’s back catalogue, but enjoyed the chance to read some of his work.
May’s book is On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Discussion will take place in the Church Street branch on Thursday 26th May at 6pm and as ever, those that don’t finish the book are as welcome as those that do!