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  • 405
  • The Flamethrowers
  • Rachel Kushner
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 9780099586982

10 thoughts on “The Flamethrowers

  1. says:

    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

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    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 uick 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 startslam stop driving has a purpose? Maybe saves gas? Maybe cruel fun at the expense of the ride

  3. says:

    The critic James Wood in his review for the New Yorker pin points it perfectlyRachel Kushner’s second novel “The Flamethrowers” Scribner is scintillatingly alive and also alive to artifice It ripples with st

  4. says:

    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 probabl

  5. says:

    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 Flam

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    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 surging speeds at over 110 mph “Racing was drawing in time” Literally and fig

  7. says:

    I love the cinematic flow of this book with a young female lead character Reno who passes through life leaving

  8. says:

    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

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    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 uirky 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 cor

  10. says:

    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 des

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The Flamethrowers

Ovel that explores the perplexing allure of femininity fakery and fear In Reno we encounter a heroine like no otherBest Books of the Year Guardian New York Times The Times Observer Financial Times New Yorker Telegraph Slate Oprah Vogue Time Scotsman Evening Standard. 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 uirky 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 her own capturing images of a motorcycle ride across the Utah salt flats it goes horribly wrong and ends with the young pro artist falling literally and figuratively in with an Italian race team sponsored by her boyfriend s family s tire business are you rolling your eyes yet Reno then becomes a Danica Patrick like racing pin up for the company and is invited to Italy for some promotional work with the team After some hemming and hawing Reno and her boyfriend go to Italy where you guessed it things once again go terribly wrong and Reno kind of joins the Brigate Rosse sort of Or maybe notI really wanted to like The Flamethrowers I really did but the novel is a profound disappointment Reno spends the entire novel on the verge of something on the verge of developing her own artistic style on the verge of racing fame on the verge of being a member of a radical leftist group without ever doing anything Instead Reno passively ping pongs between men who direct the course her life will next take she is entirely devoid of agency within a socio historic moment that was about claiming and utilizing one s agency This uestion of agency who has it who claims it who uses it doesn t even amount to subtext instead Kushner distracts her readers with one winking New York in the 70s reference after another Forget about the act of becoming the narration seems to say here s the Blackout of 1977 Here s a generic Max s Kansas City type place Pay no attention to the novel s decided lack of depth The novel leads you to believe that something profound will happen to Reno that within all that she has experienced all the power she has relinuished to others she will somehow in someway come into her own she will be able to amalgamate all that she has seen into a profound work of art But by the end of the novel Reno hasn t acted on anything After investing a week and almost four hundred pages worth of bus reading efforts into The Flamethrowers I expected than Kushner delivered

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Shortlisted for the Folio Prize Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Reno mounts her motorcycle and sets a collision course for New YorkIn the city is alive with art sensuality and danger She falls in with a bohemian cliue colonising downtown and th. The critic James Wood in his review for the New Yorker pin points it perfectlyRachel 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 readingAlive Rippling with stories Historical Realistic A pure explosion of nowWhat a vibrant electric ride this was A novel as wild as it is elegant zooming in and out of scenes so perfectly brought to life that they will shimmer in your memory for a long time A doe eyed inhabited wonderful female character who hungers for experience at every turn of the page and steals your heart in one swift move with her innocence and willingness to take it all in Because this is what this gorgeous novel does it takes it all in It brings to life visceral complicated ever shifting life every single theme and locale it touches upon the New York art scene in the 70 s the grittiness and primal energy of the Bowery of those years the coming of age tale that never resolves itself the radical left wing groups that terrorized Italy at the same period the beauty of motorcycles and the intoxication of speed throughout history from World War I to salt flats races in Nevada This is writing at its best It will swallow you up in one big gulp and spit you back out on the curb leaving you breathless and wondering what just happened to you The Collection pin Whispers of Feathers points it Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal perfectlyRachel Kushner s second novel The Flamethrowers Scribner is scintillatingly alive and also alive to artifice It ripples with stories anecdotes set Entrepreneurial Vernacular 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 Advanced C Programming by Example pure explosion of now it catches us in its mobile flashing Poslije svega (After, present which is the living reality it conjures on the Die Herrenschneiderei page at the moment we are readingAlive Rippling with stories Historical Realistic A Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling pure explosion of nowWhat a vibrant electric ride this was A novel as wild as it is elegant zooming in and out of scenes so Cities of God perfectly brought to life that they will shimmer in your memory for a long time A doe eyed inhabited wonderful female character who hungers for experience at every turn of the Gravitys Rainbow page and steals your heart in one swift move with her innocence and willingness to take it all in Because this is what this gorgeous novel does it takes it all in It brings to life visceral complicated ever shifting life every single theme and locale it touches upon the New York art scene in the 70 s the grittiness and Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone primal energy of the Bowery of those years the coming of age tale that never resolves itself the radical left wing groups that terrorized Italy at the same Pretend God Is Deaf period the beauty of motorcycles and the intoxication of speed throughout history from World War I to salt flats races in Nevada This is writing at its best It will swallow you up in one big gulp and spit you back out on the curb leaving you breathless and wondering what just happened to you

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E lines between reality and performance begin to bleedA passionate affair with the scion of an Italian tyre empire carries Reno to Milan where she is swept along by the radical left and drawn into a spiral of violence and betrayal The Flamethrowers is an audacious n. 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


About the Author: Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is the only writer to ever be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel She began her Bachelor’s in Political Economy at the University of California Berkeley when she was only sixteen and went on to obtain an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University She published her first novel Telex from Cuba in Kushner has edited for Gran.