Saturday, 17 April 2010

are they reading the same book?

Ian McEwan's new novel Solar is splitting the critics in unexpected ways. In the Daily Telegraph last month, Tibor Fischer wrote:

McEwan has always displayed an Orwellian economy in his prose and Solar is no exception

In the New York Times yesterday, Walter Kirn describes McEwan's prose in Solar as:

a buttery, rich sauce ladled onto overcooked, dry meat to help readers swallow an otherwise indigestible meal

It can't be both.

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