Thursday, September 04, 2014
In 2005 Beard has lost his wife and his job and is living in an awful apartment. He's stolen the research of his young dead colleague, has taken credit for it and has managed to continue a career in the field of alternative energy despite accusations of sexism. He has a gorgeous, younger, undemanding girlfriend who falls pregnant. As usual he behaves abominably.
In 2009 Beard's is planning the grand opening of a photosynthesis plant in the New Mexico desert and his future looks bright until his nefarious actions of a decade earlier come back to destroy him. His plagiarism is revealed and the builder, newly released from prison takes his revenge.
Ian McEwan is a skilled writer and his wit is displayed to great advantage in this book. I have liked some of his books better than this one - the second half is stretched a bit too thin - but it has moments of hilarity that make it worth reading, at least for this McEwan fan.