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Ian McEwan intrigues me as an author as his writing style seems to be so inconsistent. Some of his books (Saturday, Enduring Love, The Comfort of Strangers) rank amongst my favourites whilst others (such as Black Dogs) i have found impossible to finish. Solar falls somewhere between the two. Whilst the main character of a Nobel Prizewinning physicist and his attempts to tackle the problem of global warming did not sound like something I would be particularly interested in, I decided to persevere in the hope that McEwan's talent for storytelling and enabling the reader the empathize with the characters would overrule. Whilst I admire the dedication that McEwan put into in researching his novel, I ended up skipping through whole paragraphs of the book which he used to describe in great detail principles of Physics and the main characters theses. I did carry on reading until the end but would not rank this book particularly highly on my list of McEwan greats.