The Flamethrowers: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

The Flamethrowers: A NovelThe Flamethrowers: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As is usual, I received this book via a GoodReads giveaway. Despite that kind consideration, I’ll proceed to say unkind things about it.

The novel simultaneously describes the lives of a young woman in 1977 and the man decades before who built the motorcycle she now rides about on as the roams through the avant garde art world of the day.

On the positive side, this book is a wonderfully written and carefully crafted piece of literature. The author has gone to great pains to weave together some really exceptional sentences. The march of words is precise and impressive…

… and unfortunately, seemingly endless. Kushner is a great writer but her story plods on laboriously and tediously for 400 pages without really accomplishing much.

In summary, I will simply end here because sometimes brevity is the true and right path to making a point. Wonderful writing but perhaps better broken into three or four books. A frightful and despairing trudge of a novel.

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