The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Audiobook CD - 2013
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An extraordinarily ambitious new novel about a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid 1970's.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781469287089
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (895 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Traister, Christina


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Aug 09, 2015

This recording is full of skips. Couldn't listen to it.

Jan 13, 2014

What was billed as a book about a girl and her motorcycle turned out to be something much bigger and weirder, in an awesome way. Reno is a hot young thing trying to break into the performance art scene in 1970s New York. She's tall, blonde, naïve, rides an Italian motorcycle, and she's in love with all the wrong men. If The Flamethrowers were an obscure art house film, it would have the sexiness of Belle du Jour meets the cool machismo of Paris, Texas plus a ridiculously attractive cast. The story follows her from the Salt Flats to the Bowery to a violent Red Brigades rally in Rome, exploring enormous arty themes like time, speed, truth, sex, desire, labor, violence, and war, all with a stripped down swagger. It took practically the whole thing to win me completely over, but ultimately it's one of the best books I read from 2013 and I'm so glad I stuck with it.


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