Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Flamethrowers

Artists. There are four hundred pages of beautiful prose in Rachel Kushner’s novel, The Flamethrowers. I found myself rereading some sentences to marvel at her selection of just the right words to complete a description or to convey an emotion. Protagonist Reno is a motorcycle racing artist who was named after the city where she was born. Kushner presents the life of artists, revolutionary politics, identity and ideas. The path isn’t straight and narrow, and most art requires close attention. For those readers with the patience to pay close attention and who are likely to appreciate the beautiful prose, the payout will be a high level of satisfaction. Most readers will know after reading an excerpt whether the novel will be appealing and worth the effort. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Flamethrowers from amazon.com.

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