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Rachel Kushner

Autor(a) de The Flamethrowers

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About the Author

Rachel Kushner's debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her second novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays have mostrar mais appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, and Grand Street. She made the Bestseller List in 2018 with her title, The Mars Room. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Rachel Kushner

The Flamethrowers (2013) 1,590 cópias
The Mars Room: A Novel (2018) 1,481 cópias
Telex from Cuba (2008) 681 cópias
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Editor — 110 cópias
The Strange Case of Rachel K (1656) 68 cópias
Yoshitaka Amano (2002) — Essay — 16 cópias
Creation Lake 6 cópias
The Mayor of Leipzig (2021) 6 cópias
Soft Targets: V.2.1 (2007) 4 cópias
Malina 1 exemplar(es)
The Adolescents 1 exemplar(es)
The Great Exception (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Alev Puskurtenler (2014) 1 exemplar(es)
Kushner Rachel 1 exemplar(es)
Les routiers sont sympas (2021) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Border Trilogy (1999) — Introdução, algumas edições1,543 cópias
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Contribuinte — 179 cópias
We Want Everything (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições145 cópias
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
The Best American Essays 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contribuinte — 112 cópias
The Lover/Wartime Notebooks/Practicalities (2017) — Introdução — 33 cópias


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of her as a person. Her cohort is better characterized, for instance, the dinner party hosts, the Kastles, or her cool lovers, Ronnie and Sandro, even the Italians are better drawn in her brief visit to them. The instructions to potential realtors: “we say home not house, cellar not basement, lawn not yard” were hilarious and there were other funny bits throughout the book. The author's [b:The Mars Room|36373648|The Mars Room|Rachel Kushner|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1524991696l/36373648._SY75_.jpg|57520253]struck me as more satisfying than this more detached early work.
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featherbooks | outras 83 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
Gritty prison lit but I couldn't put it down even when I wanted to. Superb writing, voice, characters.
featherbooks | outras 69 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
“People who are harder to love pose a challenge, and the challenge makes them easier to love. You're driven to love them. People who want their love easy don't really want love.”

The book opens with two motorcycle rides decades and continents apart. Valera is part of an Italian motorcycle unit during WWI when he kills a German soldier with a motorcycle headlight. Decades later he will go on to form the Valera motorcycle and tyre company. Decades the novel's main character Reno, 23 years old and weirdly guileless, rides a Moto Valera motorcycle through her home state of Nevada.

Reno's moves to a listless New York in the late 1970s in the hope of turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into successful art career. There she finds prostitutes, drunks, and "Sorry, no credit" signs in the bars but her arrival also coincides with an explosion of artistic activity as artists begin to colonise the old deserted industrial areas of the city. Reno soon finds herself drawn in to a world of poseurs, dreamers and raconteurs, and becomes the lover of a successful artist who is also the estranged youngest Valera son. Reno is invited to visit Italy and the Valera factory but when she travels to the country with her lover she finds herself embroiled in bitter familial disputes, worker strikes and radicals linked with the Red Brigade. Unfortunately she later returns to New York.

This novel is a first-person narrative with minimal plot interspersed with a few third-person documentary-style chapters about Valera, founder of the Moto Valera company, that fail to really lift the whole. The most successfully section takes place in Italy, in particular at the family home of Reno's aristocratic boyfriend, Sandro. Here, Kushner portrays the rich with a sort of cruel delight. Unfortunately she later returns to New York and its poseurs.

'The Flamethrowers' is thematically ambitious. Kushner attempts to link early- and late-20th-century movements in art and political activism but fails to really achieve it. The novel starts well but sadly drifts in the middle and she fails to really pull it back afterwards. Maybe the book would have been better if it had been given a third-person narrative but in the end I found none of the characters particularly engaging and along with most modern art I found them pretentious and facile. I didn't hate this book but it didn't really interest me either.
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PilgrimJess | outras 83 resenhas | Apr 13, 2024 |
Last thoughts as I closed the book were “huh?”...as I proceeded to tear up. Did I understand the point to the book? No, but the ending was still incredibly sad to me. Everything was written very well. I love the characters, I love the storylines, but nothing connected. It was almost like this was a book of a few short stories but instead of reading one short story at a time, you read a little bit from each story in every other chapter. I kept waiting for it to “click“, for some connection to be made but that never happened. So I don’t want to give this book a bad score because overall I really enjoyed the stories, but I can’t give it a five because I don’t really understand the point to the book and that irritates me.… (mais)
jbrownleo | outras 69 resenhas | Mar 27, 2024 |



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