The Flamethrowers (E–pub New) ↠ Rachel Kushner

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Characters ✓ The Flamethrowers ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook N 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 mystiue 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 imaginatio. 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 learns from unpredicted events at the flats that she values the higher experience of racing itself over her produced art Reno becomes our hero for the verve she shows in trying to live her art We ride this tale from her first person account and we are soon privy to her fascination with speed and its traces from ski racing at an early age and running fast motorcycles from age 14 I come from reckless unsentimental people she confesses to the reader I love getting a feel of her aesthetic in life as she watches the cars blast off in the Utah event Every few minutes an engine screamed as a vehicle flew off the line spewing a rooster tail of salt from under each rear tire A few seconds into its run the vehicle began to float its lower half warbled Then the whole thing went liuid and blurry and was lost to the horizonOne after another I watched the scream the careen the rooster tail the float and then the shimmer and wink off the edge of the horizon goneCareen rooster tail float goneCareen float goneI loved Kushner s pacing in her presentation of the backstory of Reno s move to New York and how she got romantically involved with the other main character in the novel Sandro Valera He is a successful artist in the minimalism bent His work is all objects that are what they are and something else at the same time He is 14 years older than her with some integrity in her view for effectively divorcing himself from his wealthy industrialist family back in Milan makers of motorcycles and tires She talks of loving Sandro but that is up to the reader to weigh Romance and looking for love does not really drive this tale Sandro helps her career with beneficial connections with artist peers and gallery owners and he supports her taking the opportunity to race one of the Valera company motorcycles in Utah Against the swirl of strange performance artists and fake revolutionaries this odd couple begin to seem the most sane the most authentic One young artist friend makes an art out of elaborate lies about his past One guy shoots a pistol with blanks as part of his lovemaking with his girlfriend A man in a former militant group like the Weathermen now plays at robbery and donates proceeds to the poor A waitress who once had a part in a Warhol movie is hiding out in her role an idea she got from encountering a sociologist studying the hardships of life on a minimum wage like Ehrenreich in her Nickel and Dimed But Reno doesn t really judge these adaptations to life and Kushner seems not after satire but a form of realism with these characters She gets confused sometimes by the trips they lay on her head but she goes with the flow I felt that he and his friends were unraveling any sense of order I was trying to build in my new life and yet strangely I also felt that he and his friends were possibly my only chance to ravel my new life into somethingThe plot moves us to Italy where we experience the social unrest that leads to labor strikes protest actions from many uarters and sporadic political kidnappings of public figures by the Red Brigade Reno begins to make momentous choices that brings her both agency over her fate and chaos In interludes we cycle back in history with the story of Sandro and the impact of his father who hung out with an anarchist motorcycle gang in Milan in his youth which later volunteered as a motorcycle unit fighting in World War 1 In the words of the gang leader They were smashing and crushing every outmoded and traditional idea every past thing Lonzi said the only thing worth loving was what was to come and since what was to come was unforeseeable only a cretin or liar would try to predict the future the future had to be lived now in the now as intensity You can t intuit the future even the next moment He talked about a sect in the Middle Ages who believed that God reinvented the world every moment We want and our want kills doom This is how we ll take the future and occupy it like an empty warehouse Lonzi said It s an act of love pure love It isn t prophesy It s homeLonzi felt that joining the war would be the perfect test and triumph of their metalized gang who would be their ultimate selves in the war vanuish the putrid Austro Hungarian Empire and wake all of Europe from its slumber I thought the stew served up with this novel was fun and exhilarating I don t side with those who say Kushner is overextending herself in her combination of concerns with the iconography of motorcycles and guns issues of class and gender oppression and the play of form function and integrity in art One could get silly and step from a common icon of motorcycles as sexy to a broader mash up of ideas in one image It is helpful that at the end of the book she shares some of the photos that inspired her in the writing and some thoughts on her sausage making craft Art was now about acts not sellable it was about gestures and bodies It was freedom a realm where a guy could shoot off his rifle Ride his motorcycle over a dry lakebed Put a bunch of stuff on the floor dirt for instance or lumber Drive a forklift into a museum or a functional racecar But that s art history For the purposes of a novel what did it mean I was faced with the pleasure and headache of somehow stitching together the pistols and nude women as defining features of a fictional realm and one in which the female narrator who has the last word and technically all words is nevertheless continually overrun effaced and silenced by the very masculine world of the novel she inhabits a contradiction I had to navigate just as I had to find a way to merge what were by nature static and iconic images into a stream of life real narrative lifeThis book was provided by the publisher through the Goodreads Giveaway programRachel Kushner

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Characters ✓ The Flamethrowers ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers just made it from the National Book Award longlist to the shortlist of five finalists Her first novel Telex from Cuba was also nominated for a National Book Award and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review The Flamethrowers even ambitious and brilliant is the riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid 1970s by turns underground elite and dangerous The year is 1975 and Reno so called because of the place of her bi. 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 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 annoying It was an interesting read but I wouldn t read it again Feels like it needed another one or two good edits before publishing to smooth out the ride

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Characters ✓ The Flamethrowers ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Rth 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 Italia. 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


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    The Flamethrowers (E–pub New) ↠ Rachel Kushner 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 friend

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  • Kindle Edition
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  • The Flamethrowers
  • Rachel Kushner
  • English
  • 22 March 2018
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