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Also recommended: A Stranger Lies There - a superior desert-noir about a former 60's radical who's never forgiven himself for his part in a violent anti-Vietnam War action that left three dead.Read more ›
The best success is the feelings he gives to the reader in wanting to know what really makes these activists in his story tick, they really are off the deep end in politicizing even the most single trivial decisions. Kunzru also manages to stay away from stupid plot devices and from the nicely wrapped up ending. You really get a sense of wanting to know what happens next, and never feel cheated in the end.
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here, and you know its right." Thunderclap Newman
For many the revolution of the 60s (such as it was) was played out in song. Whether the Beatles, the Who, or Thunderclap Newman, there was a lot of talk, a lot of song, and plenty of demos and marches. But for the most part talk about revolution was just talk. There were some notable exceptions. Paris, Mexico and the Prague Spring in 1968 were a few. In the U.S. some elements of the anti-war movement, most notably the Weather Underground morphed into violence. The U.K. had the "Angry Brigade" and it is that group that provides the historical background for Hari Kunzru's new work, "My Revolutions".
"My Revolutions" takes us back to a time when something was in the air, but makes the reader question what that something actually was. Kunzru takes us down this path with one Mike Frame, a man approaching 50, leading a quiet, comfortable suburban life with his partner of 16-years, Miranda. We soon discover that Mike Frame is not at all what he seems to be. Rather, his real name is Chris Carver, a radical in the 60s who went underground after a series of robberies and bombings at the height of the anti-war movement in the UK. After a vacation on the continent Frame's life begins to unravel. He spots a woman there who appears to be one of his old comrades in arms. He is then approached by a second old comrade, one who seeks to blackmail Frame/Carver into revealing that yet another comrade, now a highly placed government official, was once part of the violent fringe of the anti-war movement in the UK. The novel alternates between the unraveling of Frame's life and the back story of Carver's.Read more ›
However, for all of that attention to the times, Kunzru doesn't breathe life into the characters. But for Chris (and to a far lesser extent, Anna), most of the characters we meet are rather flat "types" who serve some narrative function behind a thin layer of description. Fair enough since this is Chris' story, but Kunzru falls short of the mark with his treatment of Chris, too.
I understand that Chris has had to suppress his revolutionary past and, thus, his emotions. So the reader can expect the studied calmness of Chris's narrative voice as he recollects his past. But even when the story takes us through events occurring when Chris was a young revolutionary, completely immersed in the wildness of the times, Kunzru also keeps him too far removed from the reader. As a revolutionary, Chris is rough-and-ready, has deep political beliefs which he acts upon, and is as passionate for Anna as anything else in his life.Read more ›
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Good description of 60s activism and its consequences written by someone too young to have experienced it.Published 4 months ago by Ellen
People will probably still be dissecting the effects of the '60s long after anyone who was alive and participating in that culture is long gone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Warren
I read this over one long evening. For what it was, it was very well-executed: Kunzru's research on underground radical groups is impeccable and transposed with admirable artistic... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mekman79
I read this immediately on the back of Gods Without Men, which I loved. Finding Gods Without Men (which, to be honest, I chose mainly for the title and the cover) was the first... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Worldreader
Since the author is a bit young to have actually been there, I have to say that I think he did an amazing job of
capturing the spirit of the times. Read more
I first found out about Hari Kunzru after reading "Gods Without Men" which I found to be an excellent book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joseph Landes
I wanted to read a book by Hari Kunzru because his story in the New Yorker, "Raj, Bohemian," was one of the best short stories I've ever read. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Ken Brimhall
"My Revolutions," like all good books, stuck with me long after I finished it. The story revolves around a former radical in 1960s London who settles into a life of middle-class... Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by J. Smallridge
Kunru is a good writer (read The Impressionist), but every character in this book is a caricature, and I found it hard to care about any of them. Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Jeff Pariser