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The critic James Wood in his review for the New Yorker pin points it perfectly Rachel Kushner s second novel, The Flamethrowers Scribner , is scintillatingly alive, and also alive to artifice It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures Kushner is never not telling a story It is nominally a historical novel it s set in the mid seventies , and, I suppose, also a realist one it works within the traditional grammar of veris The critic James Wood in his review for the New Yorker pin points it perfectly Rachel Kushner s second novel, The Flamethrowers Scribner , is scintillatingly alive, and also alive to artifice It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures Kushner is never not telling a story It is nominally a historical novel it s set in the mid seventies , and, I suppose, also a realist one it works within the traditional grammar of verisimilitude But it manifests itself as a pure explosion of now it catches us in its mobile, flashing present, which is the living reality it conjures on the page at the moment we are reading Ali No matter how young and hip you think you are, every so often, some cultural product that you don t get at all gets rave reviews and some measure of success, indicating that the world has turned and left you behind, transforming you instantly into an aged grump who mutters things about the kids these days Well, now I m telling The Flamethrowers to get off of my lawn.This book is covered with glowing reviews albeit from authors like Karen Russell another cultural product I don t get and D No matter how young and hip you think you are, every so often, some cultural product that you don t get at all gets rave reviews and some measure of success, indicating that the world has turned and left you behind, transforming you instantly into an aged grump who mutters things about the kids these days Well, now I m telling The Flamethrowers to get off of my lawn.This book is covered with glowing reviews albeit from authors like Karen Russell another cultural product I don t get and Dana Spiotta, whose Stone Arabia was also overhyped and disappointing about Kushner being a bold new voice and a brilliant writer, which made me want to read it even though it s about a young woman who rides motorcycles and is way into the avant garde 1970s New York art political scene, which all set off huge warning bells Riding motorcycles as a character trait is fine when you re a character in a four minute Bruce Springsteen song, but not so much Reading this was like sitting in the back of a cab You re pretty sure you re headed SOMEWHERE but the way is circuitous, confusing and sometimes nonsensical It drives just like a cab, quick accelerations that slam you into the seat and jarring stops that throw you into your seatbelt, none of it for a good reason Maybe, you think, this kind of slam start slam stop driving has a purpose Maybe saves gas Maybe cruel fun at the expense of the rider Maybe simple distractionoopscar ahead, s Reading this was like sitting in the back of a cab You re pretty sure you re headed SOMEWHERE but the way is circuitous, confusing and sometimes nonsensical It drives just like a cab, quick accelerations that slam you into the seat and jarring stops that throw you into your seatbelt, none of it for a good reason Maybe, you think, this kind of slam start slam stop driving has a purpose Maybe saves gas Maybe cruel fun at the expense of the rider Maybe simple distractionoopscar ahead, stop now Your thoughts are similar as you read this book You think There is probably an underlying structure here, a reason for this style , and briefly you feel you re getting it when you slam into another hipster moment and it turns you off to caring about the underlying themes, to even finishing the book Maybe that IS the theme Playing with the real and the fake But overall it was choppy, unsatisfying and self congratulatory in a way I found annoyi I remember when John Banville won the Booker Prize someone remarked that despite the enormous cultural changes in our world British writers were still writing about art historians The New York art scene seems to serve a similar function for American writers I ll confess here that the New York art scene bores me And globally speaking probably lost any real influence with the demise of Andy Warhol New York s cultural relevance after Warhol is its street life, most notably rap and graffiti Kus I remember when John Banville won the Booker Prize someone remarked that despite the enormous cultural changes in our world British writers were still writing about art historians The New York art scene seems to serve a similar function for American writers I ll The Year Is 1975 And Reno So Called Because Of The Place Of Her Birth Has Come To New York Intent On Turning Her Fascination With Motorcycles And Speed Into Art Her Arrival Coincides With An Explosion Of Activity In The Art World Artists Have Colonized A Deserted And Industrial SoHo, Are Staging Actions In The East Village, And Are Blurring The Line Between Life And Art Reno Meets A Group Of Dreamers And Raconteurs Who Submit Her To A Sentimental Education Of Sorts Ardent, Vulnerable, And Bold, She Begins An Affair With An Artist Named Sandro Valera, The Semi Estranged Scion Of An Italian Tire And Motorcycle Empire When They Visit Sandro S Family Home In Italy, Reno Falls In With Members Of The Radical Movement That Overtook Italy In The Seventies Betrayal Sends Her Reeling Into A Clandestine Undertow The Flamethrowers Is An Intensely Engaging Exploration Of The Mystique Of The Feminine, The Fake, The Terrorist At Its Center Is Kushner S Brilliantly Realized Protagonist, A Young Woman On The Verge Thrilling And Fearless, This Is A Major American Novel From A Writer Of Spectacular Talent And Imagination. There isn t much plot in this novel, but it is a hell of story Bildungsroman of a young woman known as just Reno, an art studies graduate in 1977 who dared to race her Moto Valera motorcycle at high speed velocities to create land art Land art was a traceless art created from leaving an almost invisible line in the road from surging speeds at over 110 mph Racing was drawing in time Literally and figuratively.This era generated a seminal movement in New York where artistic expression in th There isn t much plot in this novel, but it is a hell of story Bildungsroman of a young woman known as just Reno, an art studies graduate in 1977 who dared to race her Moto Valera motorcycle at high speed velocities to create land art Land art was a traceless art created from leaving an almost invisible line in the road from surging speeds at over 110 mph Racing was drawing in time Literally and figuratively.This era generated a seminal movement in New York where artistic expression in the subversive sect was animate, inflamed, ephemeral, breathing a mix of temporal and performance art and the avant garde punk scene This was also an age of conceptual art, which grew out of minimalism and stressed the artist s concept rather than the object itself Time was the concept of Reno s art, something to be acted upon You have time Meaning, don t use it, but pass through time in patience, waiting for something to come Prepare for its arrival Don t rush t I love the cinematic flow of this book , with a young female lead character, Reno, who passes through life leaving few marks She is a recent art school graduate from Nevada who moves to New York in the late 70 s where she becomes immersed in the ferment of an art scene full of poseurs and prodigies think Andy Warhol s Factory and the high tide of bohemian types taking lofts in Soho As we start the book, her mind is on the traces in the Bonneville Salt Flat she hopes to film after she pushes I love the cinematic flow of this book , with a young female lead character, Reno, who passes through life leaving few marks She is a recent art school graduate from Nevada who moves to New York in the late 70 s where she becomes immersed in the ferment of an art scene full of poseurs and prodigies think Andy Warhol s Factory and the high tide of bohemian types taking lofts in Soho As we start the book, her mind is on the traces in the Bonneville Salt Flat she hopes to film after she pushes her motorcycle at the land speed record But the reader soon learn Her Name is Reno and She Dances on the Hand Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar Sigmund FreudOur protagonist Reno hails from Reno, Nevada She s in her early 20s, loves motorcycles, goes to NYC in 1975 with a nebulous plan to create art incorporating her need for speed not the drug She hangs out with a number of artsy narcisisstic tarts and farts, each of whom loves to blow hot air After many vapid verbal volleys among these SoHo denizens, our girl becomes involved and moves in with an Italian Her Name is Reno and She Dances on the Hand Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar Sigmund FreudOur protagonist Reno hails from Reno, Nevada She s in her early 20s, loves motorcycles, goes to NYC in 1975 with a nebulous plan to create art incorporating her need for speed not the drug She hangs out with a number of artsy narcisisstic tarts and farts, each of whom loves to blow hot air After many vapid verbal volleys among these SoHo denizens, our girl becomes involved and moves in with an Italian dude who is nearly 40 and heir to a tire motorcycle empire in Italia They go to a nearly empty cinema where Tony Manera surreptitiously starts her dancing on his hand while they watch the film I tend to agree with an article I saw some time back lauding Ms Kushner for writing sex well Reading this scene is apt to make most readers hot and bothered They travel to Italy She briefly becomes entangled with a workers rights radical group in Rome After arriving back in NYC, she hears a tr I ve been looking forward to reading this just started but already I m caught up The chunkiness of the prose, the good crunchiness of it just the choice of words, with shape and weight and texture has me, the great tactile metaphors, I hear this book, I taste it Snap, crackle pop Loved this book the speed of it, the description of things as well as emotion, the machinery of the world I adored the way she recalled the Seventies to me its grunginess, the blackouts, I ve been looking forward to reading this just started but already I m caught up The chunkiness of the prose, the good crunchiness of it just the choice of words, with shape and weight and texture has me, the great tactile metaphors, I hear this book, I taste it Snap, crackle pop Loved this book the speed of it, the description of things as well as emotion, the machinery of the world I adored the way she recalled the Seventies to me its grunginess, the blackouts, the garbage strikes, the feeling of being at the end of urban life, at the brink of chaos, the bankruptcy of the cities in the time I found myself reminded at times of Gaitskill s Veronica, the way certain of Kushner s characters tell stories whic This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Flamethrowers follows Reno, a would be artist nicknamed after her hometown who moves to New York and, through a relationship with an older, wealthy Italian artist becomes a peripheral member of the city s vibrant art scene Though she spends her days among quirky, artistic people, Reno only makes half hearted attempts at work of her own rather, she spends the bulk of the novel acting as a sort of mascot for her older, morally corrupted friends When Reno does attempt to an art project of The Flamethrowers follows Reno, a would be artist nicknamed after her hometown who moves to New York and, through a relationship with an older, wealthy Italian artist becomes a peripheral member of the city s vibrant art scene Though she spends her days among quirky, artistic people, Reno only makes half hearted attempts at work of her own rathe The Flamethrowers


About the Author: Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner s second novel, THE FLAMETHROWERS, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Her debut novel, TELEX FROM CUBA, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Kushner is the only writer ever to be nominate Rachel Kushner s second novel, THE FLAMETHROWERS, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Her debut novel, TELEX FROM CUBA, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Kushner is the only writer ever to be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.http rachelkushner.com about.html


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