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Darkly Comical, scientifically compex and politically satirical,
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This was a very enjoyable read, darkly comical in parts, sometimes scientifically complex and politically satirical.
The Novel is divided into three parts, each Joins Professor Michael Beard, at a fifferent point in time 5 years on from the last. In each segment the characther grows in a different direction in response to the circumstances that present themselves. But he remains believable throught the book - albeit unlikeable.
Essentially the background theme of the novel is climate change and the quest for alternatives to fossil fuels. There are a lot of facts and science thrown into the novel to support this - but I believe that the story could have been centred around any ageing academic, business figure or polititician and still be a similar narrative. Sure, it's making an environmental and politcal statements - but this isn't doesn't make the novel 'heavy going'.
I'm ashamed to admit that this is my first Ian McEwan novel, but I will definately be reading his other books over the course of the next year