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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

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    Like his first novel, 'The Impressionist', Hari Kunzru's latest is about the nature of identity and re-invention of self. In 'My Revolutions', former 60's radical Michael Frame is living a quiet suburban life as a bookseller with his wife Miranda, who runs a cosmetics company that boasts of its 'natural botanicals' while factory-producing them. He's kept his past a secret from his wife and step daughter: that of a zealous anti-Vietnam War protester named Chris Carver who blew up buildings as part of a leftist group that included his occasional lover Anna Addison. Now (in 1998), while on a French holiday, Michael glimpses someone who may be Anna, who he thought had been killed years before in a terrorist act. Shortly thereafter another old acquaintance from his revolutionary days, Miles Bridgeman, tracks Michael down and begins blackmailing him, threatening to expose Michael's former identity. With one foot in a past that is about to pounce on him, Michael struggles to re-connect with Anna and stay one step ahead of Miles. Michael's youthful experiences, in which he is first drawn into the counterculture, are vividly rendered, and his present-day travails and staid family life illustrate the difficulty in retaining some sense of idealism while leading a peaceful modern existence. A relatively short book with no shortage of thought-provoking ideas, and better yet, characters that, with all their contradictions and hypocrisy, are real and engaging. 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. His past catches up with him one morning in the form of an unidentified corpse on his front lawn. 'A STRANGER LIES THERE' won the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery, and earned 'two thumbs way up' from the Barnes&Noble Editorial Review. It explores some of the same themes as 'My Revolutions' does, within the framework of an engrossing mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Thoroughly enjoyable

    The writing is intelligent, the story never lags, and the conclusion believable. Have decided to read other books by this author.

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