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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Flamethrowers Rachel Kushner ¼ 1 READ EBOOK The Flamethrowers 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

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    EBOOK The Flamethrowers There isn’t much plot in this novel but it is a hell of storyBildungsroman 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 su

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    EBOOK The Flamethrowers 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 i

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Flamethrowers EBOOK The Flamethrowers The Flamethrowers follows Reno a would be artist nicknamed after her hometown who moves to New York and through

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READ õ The Flamethrowers DOWNLOAD Ü JFKMONTREAL.CO ¼ Rachel Kushner Rachel Kushner ¼ 1 READ Ks Straßenkämpfen Entführung und Mord Bahn bricht Als dieser Roman 2013 in New York erschien löste er ein unbeschreibliches Echo unter Rezensenten und Autoren aus Von Jonathan Franzen über Joshua Ferris zu Colum McCann unterschiedlicher könnten die Romanciers nicht sein einheitlicher nicht die Ansicht dass Flammenwerfer im Sturm über alle vorgefassten Meinungen was heute einen guten Roman auszumachen habe hinwegfegt und all seine Leser mitreißt und begeistert. 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 tiremotorcycle 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 tragic auto history of her first NYC flame The novel was most interesting for its illustration of the pretentiousness of the movers players and hangers among the world of art which also brings up the novel s drawback too much for me high brow talk talk with a fusion of the esoteric and erotic which both titillates and etiolates Buried Mountain Secrets löste er ein unbeschreibliches Echo unter Rezensenten und Autoren aus Von Jonathan Franzen über Joshua Ferris zu Colum McCann unterschiedlicher könnten die Romanciers nicht sein einheitlicher nicht die Ansicht dass Flammenwerfer im Sturm über alle vorgefassten Meinungen was heute einen guten Roman auszumachen habe hinwegfegt und all seine Leser mitreißt und begeistert. 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 Buried Mountain Secrets 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 Buried Mountain Secrets 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 tiremotorcycle 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 The Deranged Cousins or Whatever 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 tragic auto history of her first NYC flame The novel was most interesting for its illustration of the pretentiousness of the movers players and hangers among the world of art which also brings up the novel s drawback too much for me high brow talk talk with a fusion of the esoteric and erotic which both titillates and etiolates

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READ õ The Flamethrowers DOWNLOAD Ü JFKMONTREAL.CO ¼ Rachel Kushner Rachel Kushner ¼ 1 READ Die literarische Sensation aus den USA Dieses Buch ist ein erzählerisches Naturereignis ein Roman über eine schnelle junge Frau auf einem Motorrad ihre Liebschaften im New Yorker Kunst Underground der späten Siebziger und ihre politischen Verwicklungen im Italien der Roten Brigaden 1975 Die Hobby Motorradrennfahrerin Reno so ihr Spitzname nach ihrem Geburtsort kommt nach einem Rekordversuch auf den großen Salzseen nach Manhattan um in die kreativ explodierende K?. Much of this book just isn t very good indeed it s uite bad Much of this book is also great not in the sense of very good but in the sense of Great American Novel A tech savvy reviewer could insert a Venn diagram here but I m limited to words there s too much overlap between the great bits and the not good bits Really great Great Books manage to be both good ie competent and great ie fascinating at the same time viz Muriel Spark at her best Failed great books are often great ambitious intellectually stimulating timely but also timeless just when they re also bad viz early Dostoevsky Since FT is meant to be great I m judging it next to later Dostoevsky which is ridiculous but also the only way to take the book as seriously as it wants to be taken So consider the atrocious banality that Kushner stoops to time after time perhaps to perform the banality of the philosophy of time embedded in the novel time had stretched like taffy the night a place we would tumble into and through together a kind of gymnasium a space of generous borders This was a different Italy from what I had experienced during my two semesters in Florence a phrase or one like it repeated ad nauseum lest we forget the oft stated fact that the narrator spent two semesters in Florence There is the woods his cashmere scarf wrapped around my neck for extra warmth I felt like everything was going to be okay just one of many passages that seem to have migrated from the 50 Shades of Grey side of the border I never would have guessed that nay of the bad news would have an impact on me migrated from undergraduate writing seminar this kind of foreshadowing returns again and again as in Helen DeWitt s Lightning Rods except in LR it s satirical unlike this rubbish I wouldn t have guessed that his silence would be so effective It grafted me in To a way of proceeding Of not knowing where we were going except someplace in Rome not knowing where I would stay or what I would doThat last sentence brings me to the lauded prose dazzling sexy glorious urgent etc etc It s just possible that I m showing a real bias against American style prose which makes a mockery of my constant protestations that there s little difference between US lit and other forms of it But take the first paragraph of chapter four of whose ten sentences all but one start I verb and the one that doesn t is one of those fake look at how literary this book is following speech patterns and stuff sentences a way to make an impression on him Then I ll call I knew no one else Now there s a point to all this I ing it shows the narrator s loneliness But much of the book is written in the same way only with a different pronoun at the start of the sentences or at best a concrete noun of some description As the novel develops the writing improves primarily because there s dialogue and so fewer of these awful sub Hemingway sentences as well as less reportage from the immensely boring and yet also implausible Reno Which leads me toVerisimilitude there is none unlike unnecessary inverted word order Reno just an aw shucks girl from Nevada does the following things in 2 years moves to New York sleeps with a famous artist despite not knowing his name makes friends with a woman pretending to be a waitress who is really an artist living as a waitress for the sake of art Sartre alert gets picked up by a different famous artist who is friends with the first one and ends up living with him sets the land speed record for women falls in with a group of Italian Autonomists accidentally seduces their heroic leader fails to help him escape across the border to France not her fault has the stunning intellectual insight that she needs to find an open absence and move on to the next uestion Which would be impressive if she had the looks of insert your favorite movie star here the intelligence of Hannah Arendt the charisma of Ayn Rand and the talents of both Virginia Woolf and Ai Miyazato Unfortunately it is merely incredible She really is just an aw shucks girl from Nevada with no discernible talents though she can work a camera and motorbike personality or attractions Even that would be fine ifi the sections of the book that focus on her were written in the third person but they re in the first person and there s very little indication that the implied author finds hisher narrator to be implausible or ridiculous in any way ii she weren t set up as some kind of Greek Goddess who can as I said go at 300 miles an hour slip easily between radically different groups of people and effortlessly conuer the penises of men All men Interlude Alison Bechdel suggests that one way to judge books is to see whether female characters have conversations that are about something other than boys This is the Bechdel Test and it s both funny and smart There needs to be another test which I hereby name the Evans Test Here you judge a book according to whether the main character can have a relationship with a man or woman depending on which genitals they like the shape of that is not sexual or romantic Reno fails despite the fact that she never actually hits on anyone And speaking of the Bechdel test the female characters are all either Reno bitches or skanks and if Kushner s first name was Robert he d be rightly consigned to hell by angry women readers I m not sure that Kushner herself will escape itThen there s the cliched intellectual sentiments that the poor Italian proles are welcoming and genuinely live out their political beliefs by giving Reno food for instance the value of ideas and politics in this book often boils down to whether they turn their holders into the kind of person who gives HOT young women whatever they want whereas the New York artists are too cold and detached Yes the poor are wonderful whereas the rich are unbearable That is precisely the effect of poverty on people it opens their hearts makes them generous inclines them to accept outsidersThe book s X motif is tiresome beginning with the description of a photo in which a gun barrel is one long half of the letter X in other words there is no X there at all it s just a diagonal Other examples Reno and Sandro s first date is him fingering her and then him saving a drowning man and these two events crossed to form an X and the X pinned us together Reno skis an X into a frozen pond and photographs it a man encourages characters to watch a porn movie that s Trippel X Just in case you didn t notice it s like sex and violence and art and stuff And like growing up and coming to a crossroads about this stuff And making your mark like knowing your place in the world and stuff Now reboot because there are some truly fantastic wonderful things about this book Kushner takes on the difficult task of writing a serious book about camp people The clash between the authenticity of futurismbikesspeedrevolution and the fakeness of artfulnessartirony is well drawn and not simplified there are good characters who are sincere Gianni and good characters who are ironic Ronnie A couple of examples of this opposition playing itself out Sandro chooses love suggesting that he isn t really living it whereas Reno doesn t experience love as a choice and reuires sincerity from her friendslovers Sandro plays with guns and treats them like art whereas the Autonomists use them as tools to defend themselves from fascists You get the point This is a serious timely issue that Kushner treats with great sensitivity and great intelligence There are terrific minor characters too particularly Chesil Jones notable American novelist who is pretty much embodied Mansplaining and utterly hilarious The aforementioned Ronnie who tells endless nonsense tales about himself in order to tell us the truth rather than to hide it is wonderful and very moving And so I came to the end of the book Stream of consciousness Verbless sentences and pompous Words posing as thought Individuality None Rhythm Negatively absent How much longer Time lines of one man stand only so much Revelation Sad post coital emptiness I will read everything that Kushner publishes from here out in the desperate hope that she develops into the real thing I would have felt the same way after reading say Joyce s Portrait of the Artist in 1916 another ridiculously self important Bildungsroman the ending of which When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight You talk to me of nationality language religion I shall try to fly by those nets I ve come to read ironically just to save myself the pain of rolling my eyes too hard although when younger I found it a call to arms So I choose to read all that silliness about open absences and blah blah blah as Kushner showing us that Reno hasn t changed at all and is still just a twit whereas she Kushner has great things ahead of her Addendum I just read a review in which Kushner described one of the aims of the book to have her narrator perceived by the men and even women in the story as nothing other than a pretty little piece of tail but have the reader see her depths clearly That s a pretty great idea and does make me think better of what she was trying to do On the other hand I wonder if the task is just impossible Reno s flat outer life just isn t distinguishable I think from what Kushner intends to be her full inner life Great idea possibly impossible to execute well Redefining Translation literarische Sensation aus den USA Dieses Buch ist ein erzählerisches Naturereignis ein Roman über eine schnelle junge Frau auf einem Motorrad ihre Liebschaften im New Yorker Kunst Underground der späten Siebziger und ihre politischen Verwicklungen im Italien der Roten Brigaden 1975 Die Hobby Motorradrennfahrerin Reno so ihr Spitzname nach ihrem Geburtsort kommt nach einem Rekordversuch auf den großen Salzseen nach Manhattan um in die kreativ explodierende K?. Much of this book just isn t very good indeed it s uite bad Much of this book is also great not in the sense of very good but in the sense of Great American Novel A tech savvy reviewer could insert a Venn diagram here but I m Ethics and Attachment limited to words there s too much overlap between the great bits and the not good bits Really great Great Books manage to be both good ie competent and great ie fascinating at the same time viz Muriel Spark at her best Failed great books are often great ambitious intellectually stimulating timely but also timeless just when they re also bad viz early Dostoevsky Since FT is meant to be great I m judging it next to Transcending New Public Management later Dostoevsky which is ridiculous but also the only way to take the book as seriously as it wants to be taken So consider the atrocious banality that Kushner stoops to time after time perhaps to perform the banality of the philosophy of time embedded in the novel time had stretched Public Relations Planning like taffy the night a place we would tumble into and through together a kind of gymnasium a space of generous borders This was a different Italy from what I had experienced during my two semesters in Florence a phrase or one Green Planet Blues like it repeated ad nauseum Negotiating Gender Euity in the Global South lest we forget the oft stated fact that the narrator spent two semesters in Florence There is the woods his cashmere scarf wrapped around my neck for extra warmth I felt All Aliens Like Burgers like everything was going to be okay just one of many passages that seem to have migrated from the 50 Shades of Grey side of the border I never would have guessed that nay of the bad news would have an impact on me migrated from undergraduate writing seminar this kind of foreshadowing returns again and again as in Helen DeWitt s Lightning Rods except in LR it s satirical unlike this rubbish I wouldn t have guessed that his silence would be so effective It grafted me in To a way of proceeding Of not knowing where we were going except someplace in Rome not knowing where I would stay or what I would doThat Guerrilla Warfare A historical and critical study last sentence brings me to the Kierkegaard's Christocentric Theology Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Theology Biblical Studies lauded prose dazzling sexy glorious urgent etc etc It s just possible that I m showing a real bias against American style prose which makes a mockery of my constant protestations that there s Antiuity Origins Classicism and the new Rome Architecture in Context little difference between US Nationalism War and Jewish Education lit and other forms of it But take the first paragraph of chapter four of whose ten sentences all but one start I verb and the one that doesn t is one of those fake Home States and Homeland Politics look at how Drawing as Performance literary this book is following speech patterns and stuff sentences a way to make an impression on him Then I Intuición ll call I knew no one else Now there s a point to all this I ing it shows the narrator s Victorian Painting loneliness But much of the book is written in the same way only with a different pronoun at the start of the sentences or at best a concrete noun of some description As the novel develops the writing improves primarily because there s dialogue and so fewer of these awful sub Hemingway sentences as well as Reunited in Walnut River A Matter of the Heart less reportage from the immensely boring and yet also implausible Reno Which Second Chance with Her Billionaire Billionaires for Heiresses #1 leads me toVerisimilitude there is none unlike unnecessary inverted word order Reno just an aw shucks girl from Nevada does the following things in 2 years moves to New York sleeps with a famous artist despite not knowing his name makes friends with a woman pretending to be a waitress who is really an artist Victorian Painting living as a waitress for the sake of art Sartre alert gets picked up by a different famous artist who is friends with the first one and ends up Henry James Travel living with him sets the On Her Terms land speed record for women falls in with a group of Italian Autonomists accidentally seduces their heroic Why I Love My Sister leader fails to help him escape across the border to France not her fault has the stunning intellectual insight that she needs to find an open absence and move on to the next uestion Which would be impressive if she had the Why I Love My Mummy looks of insert your favorite movie star here the intelligence of Hannah Arendt the charisma of Ayn Rand and the talents of both Virginia Woolf and Ai Miyazato Unfortunately it is merely incredible She really is just an aw shucks girl from Nevada with no discernible talents though she can work a camera and motorbike personality or attractions Even that would be fine ifi the sections of the book that focus on her were written in the third person but they re in the first person and there s very Why I Love My Daddy little indication that the implied author finds hisher narrator to be implausible or ridiculous in any way ii she weren t set up as some kind of Greek Goddess who can as I said go at 300 miles an hour slip easily between radically different groups of people and effortlessly conuer the penises of men All men Interlude Alison Bechdel suggests that one way to judge books is to see whether female characters have conversations that are about something other than boys This is the Bechdel Test and it s both funny and smart There needs to be another test which I hereby name the Evans Test Here you judge a book according to whether the main character can have a relationship with a man or woman depending on which genitals they Haemophilia in Aotearoa New Zealand like the shape of that is not sexual or romantic Reno fails despite the fact that she never actually hits on anyone And speaking of the Bechdel test the female characters are all either Reno bitches or skanks and if Kushner s first name was Robert he d be rightly consigned to hell by angry women readers I m not sure that Kushner herself will escape itThen there s the cliched intellectual sentiments that the poor Italian proles are welcoming and genuinely Meet Marie Grace American Girls Marie Grace and Cécile #1 live out their political beliefs by giving Reno food for instance the value of ideas and politics in this book often boils down to whether they turn their holders into the kind of person who gives HOT young women whatever they want whereas the New York artists are too cold and detached Yes the poor are wonderful whereas the rich are unbearable That is precisely the effect of poverty on people it opens their hearts makes them generous inclines them to accept outsidersThe book s X motif is tiresome beginning with the description of a photo in which a gun barrel is one Byzantium and the West 11th 15th c long half of the Waves Formations and Values in the World System World Society Studies World Society Studies Vol 2 letter X in other words there is no X there at all it s just a diagonal Other examples Reno and Sandro s first date is him fingering her and then him saving a drowning man and these two events crossed to form an X and the X pinned us together Reno skis an X into a frozen pond and photographs it a man encourages characters to watch a porn movie that s Trippel X Just in case you didn t notice it s Black Feminism in ualitative Inuiry like sex and violence and art and stuff And Black Feminism in ualitative Inuiry like growing up and coming to a crossroads about this stuff And making your mark Developmental Transitions like knowing your place in the world and stuff Now reboot because there are some truly fantastic wonderful things about this book Kushner takes on the difficult task of writing a serious book about camp people The clash between the authenticity of futurismbikesspeedrevolution and the fakeness of artfulnessartirony is well drawn and not simplified there are good characters who are sincere Gianni and good characters who are ironic Ronnie A couple of examples of this opposition playing itself out Sandro chooses Developmental Transitions love suggesting that he isn t really Hybridity in Peacebuilding and Development living it whereas Reno doesn t experience FORGERY OF MAGIC love as a choice and reuires sincerity from her friendslovers Sandro plays with guns and treats them The Cowboys Mini Cupids Mills Boon True Love Mills Boon True Love Match Made in Haven Book 4 like art whereas the Autonomists use them as tools to defend themselves from fascists You get the point This is a serious timely issue that Kushner treats with great sensitivity and great intelligence There are terrific minor characters too particularly Chesil Jones notable American novelist who is pretty much embodied Mansplaining and utterly hilarious The aforementioned Ronnie who tells endless nonsense tales about himself in order to tell us the truth rather than to hide it is wonderful and very moving And so I came to the end of the book Stream of consciousness Verbless sentences and pompous Words posing as thought Individuality None Rhythm Negatively absent How much Innocent Target longer Time Rites Of Burial lines of one man stand only so much Revelation Sad post coital emptiness I will read everything that Kushner publishes from here out in the desperate hope that she develops into the real thing I would have felt the same way after reading say Joyce s Portrait of the Artist in 1916 another ridiculously self important Bildungsroman the ending of which When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight You talk to me of nationality Freedom language religion I shall try to fly by those nets I ve come to read ironically just to save myself the pain of rolling my eyes too hard although when younger I found it a call to arms So I choose to read all that silliness about open absences and blah blah blah as Kushner showing us that Reno hasn t changed at all and is still just a twit whereas she Kushner has great things ahead of her Addendum I just read a review in which Kushner described one of the aims of the book to have her narrator perceived by the men and even women in the story as nothing other than a pretty Free Will and the Law little piece of tail but have the reader see her depths clearly That s a pretty great idea and does make me think better of what she was trying to do On the other hand I wonder if the task is just impossible Reno s flat outer The Man Who Took Trips life just isn t distinguishable I think from what Kushner intends to be her full inner Diary of a Part Time Monk life Great idea possibly impossible to execute well

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READ õ The Flamethrowers DOWNLOAD Ü JFKMONTREAL.CO ¼ Rachel Kushner Rachel Kushner ¼ 1 READ ?nstlerszene SoHos einzutauchen In einer Welt in der die Grenzen zwischen Leben und Kunst verschwimmen trifft sie auf eine Schar von Träumern Revoluzzern und Phantasten Unter ihnen auch Sandro Valera erfolgreicher Konzeptkünstler und exzentrischer Erbe einer italienischen Reifen und Motorrad Dynastie in den sie sich verliebt Aber bei einem Besuch bei seiner Familie in deren Sommerresidenz am Comer See gerät sie in den Strudel einer echten Revolte die sich in Strei. 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 Kushner attempts to give her New York artists relevance by marrying them to the social unrest in Italy in the 1970s which never comes across as anything but a rather random parallel There s a really good novel buried in these 400 pages The problem for me was that Kushner wasn t interested in writing a good novel she overreached herself and set herself the task of writing a work of artThe good novel is the story of Reno a young nameless girl referred to by the town of her birth who arrives in New York full of ambition She s faced with a world of hideous men Narcissistic vain egotistical pumped up with their own self importance and sense of entitlement In 1970s New York pretty young girls it would appear were reuired to be little than groupies There are two brilliant pivotal moments in Reno s uest for identity One when a simple odd jobs guy treats her with kindness pretty much the only act of kindness she receives from a male in the entire novel She s not interested Can t blame her for that She has her sights set higher The other is when an aristocratic Italian woman the best character in the novel treats her with utter disdain which is how you feel she deserves to be treated if she s ever going to wake up The Italian section of the novel was easily my favourite even though it was also the most baffling because it s called upon to make sense of the New York section which for me it didn t How the New York art scene in the 1970s relates to Fascism and its backlash in Italy baffled me You sense the author wanted to write about two worlds she knew New York and Italy and her means of connecting them was arbitrary rather than inspired I love reading James Wood s reviews but rarely agree with his final judgements He had nothing but praise for this and yet freuently finds fault with DeLillo Ironically this often came across to me as DeLillo fan fiction Unfortunately though she can write well Kushner never hits the heights of DeLillo Windburn ll confess here that the New York art scene bores me And globally speaking probably Knights vs Dinosaurs life most notably rap and graffiti Kushner attempts to give her New York artists relevance by marrying them to the social unrest in Italy in the 1970s which never comes across as anything but a rather random parallel There s a really good novel buried in these 400 pages The problem for me was that Kushner wasn t interested in writing a good novel she overreached herself and set herself the task of writing a work of artThe good novel is the story of Reno a young nameless girl referred to by the town of her birth who arrives in New York full of ambition She s faced with a world of hideous men Narcissistic vain egotistical pumped up with their own self importance and sense of entitlement In 1970s New York pretty young girls it would appear were reuired to be Knights vs Dinosaurs little than groupies There are two brilliant pivotal moments in Reno s uest for identity One when a simple odd jobs guy treats her with kindness pretty much the only act of kindness she receives from a male in the entire novel She s not interested Can t blame her for that She has her sights set higher The other is when an aristocratic Italian woman the best character in the novel treats her with utter disdain which is how you feel she deserves to be treated if she s ever going to wake up The Italian section of the novel was easily my favourite even though it was also the most baffling because it s called upon to make sense of the New York section which for me it didn t How the New York art scene in the 1970s relates to Fascism and its backlash in Italy baffled me You sense the author wanted to write about two worlds she knew New York and Italy and her means of connecting them was arbitrary rather than inspired I Goodnight Moon love reading James Wood s reviews but rarely agree with his final judgements He had nothing but praise for this and yet freuently finds fault with DeLillo Ironically this often came across to me as DeLillo fan fiction Unfortunately though she can write well Kushner never hits the heights of DeLillo

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  • The Flamethrowers
  • Rachel Kushner
  • German
  • 07 February 2020
  • 9783498034191