Have to disagree with you here, Jim. I find McEwan’s prose and insights into human frailties gets better with every book although I must admit Solar made uncomfortable reading for all the wrong reasons. Comedy (if that’s what it was) is definitely not his forte. It reminded me a bit of another of my favorite writers – Kasuo Ishiguro – and his foray into the other comedy with The Unconsoled. A very misguided project!