Publish date: June 6th 2013
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
The Flamethrowers is a shape-shifter, a slinking fire-lizard, spectacular and formless. It's lines are curving, colorful and deceptive, you can't tell where it is going and I wouldn't care to anyway. I assume it was my own fault that this book was so far to the limits of my radar but Rachel Kushner ...
Rating deleted. I can't in good conscience keep ratings for books by any of the 204 writers who signed the letter protesting the award for courage PEN gave to Charlie Hebdo. Such willful obtuseness by writers, of all people, toward freedom of expression is very troubling and sad.
Speed, motorcycles and the New York art scene during the 1970s combine with leftist revolutionaries in Italy in Kushner's novel, making for a pleasurable immersion into another era full of fascinating characters. More here.
Nominated for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction (US). An arresting cover, a story that starts with 1970s speed records & racing, yet has a curious, but gorgeous effect of catching small moments in time… zoomed in but stretched out, each scene a clear, magnified vision seen as if you are float...
Well, I have been reading this book for some time now, and still haven't managed to make my way though it. It is tedious and rambling. The idea of this book turns out to be much more interesting than the actual book itself. I was looking forward to reading about the New York art scene in the late se...
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