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Rachel Kushner Å 7 REVIEW REVIEW The Flamethrowers 107 ?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 A Whisper of Wanting Lust Potion #9 in der die Grenzen zwischen Leben und Kunst verschwimmen trifft sie auf eine Schar von Träumern Revoluzzern und Phantasten Unter The Friday Night Knitting Club ihnen auch Sandro Valera erfolgreicher Konzeptkünstler und exzentrischer Erbe einer Letting Go Anchored Hearts #1 italienischen Reifen und Motorrad Dynastie Fading Away Anchored Hearts Vol 25 in den sie sich verliebt Aber bei einem Besuch bei seiner Familie Translation and Creativity in deren Sommerresidenz am Comer See gerät sie Intimate Strangers in den Strudel einer echten Revolte die sich Dead Sea in Strei. I remember when John Banville won the Booker Prize someone remarked that despite the enormous cultural changes The Pearly ueen 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 Falcon Dark Riders #1 influence with the demise of Andy Warhol New York s cultural relevance after Warhol My Lost Mexico is Cinderella its street life most notably rap and graffiti Kushner attempts to give her New York artists relevance by marrying them to the social unrest You Will Obey in Italy Fatal Destiny in the 1970s which never comes across as anything but a rather random parallel There s a really good novel buried Gangbanged and Bred by His Daddys Friends in these 400 pages The problem for me was that Kushner wasn t Eyes of a Child interested Marked Northern Shifters #1 in writing a good novel she overreached herself and set herself the task of writing a work of artThe good novel Bombay Bound is the story of Reno a young nameless girl referred to by the town of her birth who arrives Spring 49 A Journal of Archetype and Culture in New York full of ambition She s faced with a world of hideous men Narcissistic vain egotistical pumped up with their own self Straight on Till Morning The Student Prince #2 importance and sense of entitlement In 1970s New York pretty young girls Afghanistan it would appear were reuired to be little than groupies There are two brilliant pivotal moments Soldiers Without Borders in Reno s uest for Warriors in Winter identity One when a simple odd jobs guy treats her with kindness pretty much the only act of kindness she receives from a male The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde The Devoted Friend The Nightingale and the Rose Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde in the entire novel She s not Muggy Maggie Boxed Set interested Can t blame her for that She has her sights set higher The other Mrs Dalloway is when an aristocratic Italian woman the best character Avenger in the novel treats her with utter disdain which Eastern Standard Tribe is how you feel she deserves to be treated Emily Brontë if she s ever going to wake up The Italian section of the novel was easily my favourite even though Right Package Wrong Baggage it was also the most baffling because The Death of Alexander the Great What or Who Really Killed the Young Conueror of the Known World? it s called upon to make sense of the New York section which for me The Art of Deceit it didn t How the New York art scene Old Habits Die Hard in the 1970s relates to Fascism and Kill or Die Flintlock #3 its backlash The Break Up Diaries 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 Lasso the Moon 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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Rachel Kushner Å 7 REVIEW REVIEW The Flamethrowers 107 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. 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 A Tale of Two Kitties A Magical Cats Mystery #9 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 City im Sturm über alle vorgefassten Meinungen was heute einen guten Roman auszumachen habe hinwegfegt und all seine Leser mitreißt und begeistert. I love the cinematic flow of this book with a young female lead character Reno who passes through life leaving few marks She Fire and Blood is a recent art school graduate from Nevada who moves to New York Slam Book Fever Sweet Valley High #48 in the late 70 s where she becomes The Fire Starters immersed The Fire Starters 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 The Kingdom in Soho As we start the book her mind The War of the Ember Guardians of Ga'Hoole #15 is on the traces ヴァンパイア騎士 2 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 Im Your Girl itself over her produced art Reno becomes our hero for the verve she shows Dark Sparkler 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 Roughing It 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 A Preacher's Passion in life as she watches the cars blast off No More Good 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 One Perfect Rose into Ivanhoe its run the vehicle began to float All The Way 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 One Mans Treasure Hell Yeah #16 in her presentation of the backstory of Reno s move to New York and how she got romantically Not Without You involved with the other main character Journey into Violence The Kerrigans A Texas Dynasty #3 in the novel Sandro Valera He Dark Moon Rising is a successful artist The Saddle Club in the minimalism bent His work Chalk Houses is all objects that are what they are and something else at the same time He Christmas Joy is 14 years older than her with some A Texan for Christmas integrity Hot Blooded in her view for effectively divorcing himself from his wealthy Stripped Happy Endings #1 industrialist family back Buckland's Complete Book Of Witchcraft Llewellyn's Practical Magick in Milan makers of motorcycles and tires She talks of loving Sandro but that Master of Sin 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 Whisper My Name 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 Mojave 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 Lady Caraway's Cloak Zebra Regency Romance in a Warhol movie Typhoon is hiding out The Alpha Pack Shameless Book Bundles #2 in her role an Ride for Vengeance idea she got from encountering a sociologist studying the hardships of life on a minimum wage like Ehrenreich Talons of Eagles 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 What a Woman Desires 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 Pregnant by the Commanding Greek 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 A Misty Harbor Wedding interludes we cycle back Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes Daisys Tea Garden Mystery #1 in history with the story of Sandro and the Surrender to Sin impact of his father who hung out with an anarchist motorcycle gang The Last Snowfall Stand Tall #2 in Milan Forbidden Mate Holland Brothers #4 in his youth which later volunteered as a motorcycle unit fighting Forbidden Mate Holland Brothers #4 in World War 1 In the words of the gang leader They were smashing and crushing every outmoded and traditional How To Enjoy A Scandal 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 Lesbian Juices Rival Cheerleaders Soaking in Secret in the now as Serena intensity You can t Santa In Montana Calder Saga #11 intuit the future even the next moment He talked about a sect Wanting What You Get in the Middle Ages who believed that God reinvented the world every moment We want and our want kills doom This The Earth Will Shake is how we ll take the future and occupy Whispering Bones it like an empty warehouse Lonzi said It s an act of love pure love It Rebel Cowboy Big Sky Cowboys #1 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 Growing Pains in the war vanuish the putrid Austro Hungarian Empire and wake all of Europe from 1 Night Stand its slumber I thought the stew served up with this novel was fun and exhilarating I don t side with those who say Kushner The Penalty Box is overextending herself Bad Boys On Board in her combination of concerns with the Recipes from Together for Christmas iconography of motorcycles and guns The Savior issues of class and gender oppression and the play of form function and The Dragon Who Loved Me integrity Silence of the Lamps Caprice De Luca Mystery #5 in art One could get silly and step from a common Rio icon of motorcycles as sexy to a broader mash up of The Reluctant Matchmaker ideas Ripper image It My Favorite Countess is helpful that at the end of the book she shares some of the photos that To Have and to Hold inspired her All the Pretty Dead Girls in the writing and some thoughts on her sausage making craft Art was now about acts not sellable Mastering the Maruess 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 Deceived by Desire instance or lumber Drive a forklift Time for Love Harmony Valley #5 into a museum or a functional racecar But that s art history For the purposes of a novel what did The Club 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 And the Dead Shall Rise The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank in which the female narrator who has the last word and technically all words Talk Show Murders A Jim Richards Murder Mystery #10 is nevertheless continually overrun effaced and silenced by the very masculine world of the novel she This Soul Magic inhabits a contradiction I had to navigate just as I had to find a way to merge what were by nature static and Death of a Kitchen Diva iconic To Fudge or Not to Fudge Candy Coated #2 images The Unexpected Son into a stream of 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Rachel Kushner Å 7 REVIEW REVIEW The Flamethrowers 107 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 Family Reunion ist ein erzählerisches Naturereignis ein Roman über eine schnelle junge Frau auf einem Motorrad Changing Vision ihre Liebschaften Horse Race Saddle Club #70 im New Yorker Kunst Underground der späten Siebziger und Unicorns Magazine July 2018 Ilary Blaze Kindle Edition ihre politischen Verwicklungen Messenger im Italien der Roten Brigaden 1975 Die Hobby Motorradrennfahrerin Reno so Survival Species Imperative #1 ihr Spitzname nach Nature Girl ihrem Geburtsort kommt nach einem Rekordversuch auf den großen Salzseen nach Manhattan um In Blood We Trust Bloodlands #3 in die kreativ explodierende K?. Much of this book just Snow Ride Saddle Club #20 isn t very good Pretties indeed Blood Rules Bloodlands #2 it s uite bad Much of this book The Buddha in the Attic is also great not Leopards Run Leopard People #10 in the sense of very good but Blood's a Rover in the sense of Great American Novel A tech savvy reviewer could American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand 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 The Secret ie competent and great Greg Iles Collection The uiet Game 24 Hours Dead Sleep ie fascinating at the same time viz Muriel Spark at her best Failed great books are often great ambitious The Orphan Master's Son intellectually stimulating timely but also timeless just when they re also bad viz early Dostoevsky Since FT Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories Thomas the Tank Engine; A Please Read To Me Book is meant to be great I m judging The Orphan Master's Son it next to later Dostoevsky which Marry in Secret Marriage of Convenience #3 is ridiculous but also the only way to take the book as seriously as Song for a Dark ueen 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 Penguin Books Perfect Partners Jane Green Mr Maybe Jemima J Special OmnibusEdition in the novel time had stretched like taffy the night a place we would tumble Katherine Swynford The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess 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 Ekkoland in Florence a phrase or one like Katherine Swynford The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess it repeated ad nauseum lest we forget the oft stated fact that the narrator spent two semesters Diamond Diamond Trilogy #1 in Florence There Kikker is bang 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 Pony CrazyMay's Riding LessonCorey's Pony Is Missing Pony Tails #1 3 impact on me migrated from undergraduate writing seminar this kind of foreshadowing returns again and again as Bluebirds in Helen DeWitt s Lightning Rods except Our Street East End Life in the Second World War in LR Sing for Your Supper it s satirical unlike this rubbish I wouldn t have guessed that his silence would be so effective It grafted me Crushed Mexican Spiders in To a way of proceeding Of not knowing where we were going except someplace On Magnolia Lane Blue Ridge #3 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 Swimsuit 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 High Horse Saddle Club #33 is one of those fake look at how literary this book A Place Called Home is following speech patterns and stuff sentences a way to make an One Fat Englishman impression on him Then I ll call I knew no one else Now there s a point to all this I La consolante ing Sherlock Holmes it shows the narrator s loneliness But much of the book Penguin's Poems by Heart is written Endurance Ride Saddle Club #69 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 Black Narcissus improves primarily because there s dialogue and so fewer of these awful sub Hemingway sentences as well as less reportage from the Silver Stirrups Saddle Club #65 immensely boring and yet also Wild Horses Saddle Club #58 implausible Reno Which leads me toVerisimilitude there Reborn Journals and Notebooks 1947 1964 is none unlike unnecessary I denna stilla natt inverted word order Reno just an aw shucks girl from Nevada does the following things Rosie Meadows Regrets 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 Different Class is really an artist living as a waitress for the sake of art Sartre alert gets picked up by a different famous artist who Here To Stay is friends with the first one and ends up living with him sets the land speed record for women falls London City of Disappearances 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 El Espejo de Lida Sal intellectual Caligula The Tyranny of Rome insight that she needs to find an open absence and move on to the next uestion Which would be The Lonely Skier impressive The Personal Shopper if she had the looks of Show Jumping Dreams Magic Ponies #4 insert your favorite movie star here the The Rainbow Pool Mermaid Curse #3 intelligence of Hannah Arendt the charisma of Ayn Rand and the talents of both Virginia Woolf and Ai Miyazato Unfortunately Vipers Den Vipers Den #1 it Lionheart Making of England #4 is merely Dark Secret Love A Story of Submission #1 incredible She really Sayonara Bar 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 Medic ifi the sections of the book that focus on her were written The White Russian in the third person but they re Maverick Danker Beyond the Marius Brothers #5 in the first person and there s very little Elevation indication that the Never implied author finds hisher narrator to be Wired for Culture implausible or ridiculous Goodnight Santa in any way Hav 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 Among the Cities is to see whether female characters have conversations that are about something other than boys This My Brother's Ghost is the Bechdel Test and Ashland Vine 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 Se Deg Ikke Tilbake 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 Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps 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 Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors itThen there s the cliched The Harold Pinter BBC Radio Drama Collection intellectual sentiments that the poor Italian proles are welcoming and genuinely live out their political beliefs by giving Reno food for Emily instance the value of Of Love and Asthma ideas and politics Early Greek Science Thales to Aristotle in this book often boils down to whether they turn their holders Full Circle 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 Daughters of the Storm is precisely the effect of poverty on people Otrovne misli it opens their hearts makes them generous A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Nonfiction inclines them to accept outsidersThe book s X motif Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is tiresome beginning with the description of a photo Beautiful Sacrifice in which a gun barrel Working with Sharks is one long half of the letter X Wicked Beauty in other words there The Thrill of It All is no X there at all Meeting Sang The Ghost Bird #11 it s just a diagonal Other examples Reno and Sandro s first date Warrior Matthew Hervey 10 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 Peacetime into a frozen pond and photographs Cold in Hand it a man encourages characters to watch a porn movie that s Trippel X Just Meeting Sang The Ghost Bird #14 in case you didn t notice Down with Skool Armada Lions 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 Doctor No's Garden Cape Poetry 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 Dragon Mine North American Dragon #1 is well drawn and not simplified there are good characters who are sincere Gianni and good characters who are Where Have You Been? ironic Ronnie A couple of examples of this opposition playing Last Seen Wearing itself out Sandro chooses love suggesting that he 1356 isn t really living Hearing Secret Harmonies 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 The Farthing Wood Collection The Adventure Begins In the Grip of Winter v 1 Animals of Farthing Wood is a serious timely Fasandræberne issue that Kushner treats with great sensitivity and great Abomination intelligence There are terrific minor characters too particularly Chesil Jones notable American novelist who Lost Innocence is pretty much embodied Mansplaining and utterly hilarious The aforementioned Ronnie who tells endless nonsense tales about himself The Hunt in order to tell us the truth rather than to hide The Pearl it Lover Be Mine 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 Kikker is bedroefd in the desperate hope that she develops A Middle Eastern Feast into the real thing I would have felt the same way after reading say Joyce s Portrait of the Artist Beyond Religion Ethics for a Whole World in 1916 another ridiculously self Disturbed Earth important Bildungsroman the ending of which When the soul of a man The Subtle Knife is born Driving in the Dark in this country there are nets flung at Cutting Edge it to hold A Crime in the Neighborhood 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 The Memoirs of Laetitia Horsepole ironically just to save myself the pain of rolling my eyes too hard although when younger I found Hush Hush 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 Lady of uality is still just a twit whereas she Kushner has great things ahead of her Addendum I just read a review Warehouse in which Kushner described one of the aims of the book to have her narrator perceived by the men and even women Shadowplay 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 The Lucifer Network idea and does make me think better of what she was trying to do On the other hand I wonder To Have and to Hold if the task Signifying Rappers Rap and Race in the Urban Present is just A Time in Rome Penguin Travel Library impossible Reno s flat outer life just His Invention So Fertile A Life of Christopher Wren isn t distinguishable I think from what Kushner The Magic Potions Shop intends to be her full The Blue Ice inner life Great Maddon's rock idea possibly Sword of HonourSecond To None impossible to execute well