Review: “Solaris” (the novel, not the movie)

By Stanislaw Lem

I have something for you. It’s called Fantastic voyage into fantasy.

Review of “Solaris” by Stanislaw Lem 

Reviewed by Lydia Nolan

© February 20, 2021

This novel—one might say—could be juxtaposed, in an allusive comparison to a play by Samuel Beckett, “Waiting for Godot,” in that it can be construed in various ways depending on the reader, and depending on the reader’s point of view or outlook on life. But that is where the comparison ends. These kinds of books are always exciting because they move one to research some of the theories and the vocabulary and make it deeper than the author may have even imagined. As well, it makes for good discussions among many in either a book club or among friends at an alehouse. They even made a movie about it, starring George Clooney (excellent performance!) and Natascha McElhone—I would add, I love this movie—but that is beside the point. The point is, the movie makes you think beyond your boundaries of mental capacity but the book takes you even further.

In general, the theme I would say is that love is penetrable no matter what space and time one finds oneself, and that is all I will say about this. You must read the novel in order to sense the continual whisper of “…and death shall have no dominion…” (poem by Dylan Thomas.)

After you read it, then see the movie, with George Clooney, Natascha NcElhone, Viola Davis & Jeremy Davies; a great cast.


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