Made to Burn: A quick reaction to Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers

the flamethrowersWithin the first thirty pages of The Flamethrowers, you realize that no matter who it reminds you of, or where its influences lie, you haven’t read this book before. It’s going places you don’t know about. This is a work crafted with vision, rich with detail, risky and uncompromising. Not everyone will like such a book, and that’s okay. That’s fantastic. The fact that it won’t please everyone–will, in fact, leave some readers fuming or just confused–is the surest sign of its greatness.

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