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Good reason for mixed reviews!,
This review is from: Solar (Paperback)
Just glancing at the star ratings for this book and I can see why the reception is so mixed. It's no spoiler to say the book ends on a huge cliff hanger and that is massively frustrating for the reader. However I can't agree with people saying that the fundamental problem lies in the dislike-ability of the protagonist. Yes he's an ass, in the style of a Martin Amis character, but this does not make the novel any less readable. A very weird read but certainly one worth persevering with; I personally did not get bored half way through. I rarely have time to finish a book these days but I finished this.
I should add that for those of you who are fans of Atonement, do not expect the same treatment here. This is a very modern novel in the vein of David Lodge or Martin Amis as opposed to the slightly sepia-toned atmosphere of McEwan's other works.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2011 23:33:05 BDT
Peter Gammie says:
Ends on a huge cliff-hanger? Come off it! there's nothing more to be said!
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 15:21:08 BDT
Cliff-hanger? For me it was an anti-climax. (Agree with all your other points though!)
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