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Sometimes it is noble to sleep in the crawlspace of your desk,
This review is from: Transmission (Paperback)
This highly intelligent and devastatingly satirical tale of an IT geek trying to make it in America hovers on the edge of greatness and is certainly one of the funniest things I've read for a while. I found myself slowing my reading down, not wanting the book to end, so caught up was I in the dilemmas of 23 year old Arjun Mehta who finds his first assignment as an assistant tester in Berry Acres, Washington, which appears to come complete with a girlfriend in Chris, even though she is not exactly his girlfriend as she lives with Nic in a loosely based ménage that offers considerable freedom: "... for Arjun an American life. It had come boxed and shrink-wrapped, thanks to the final interview, the one after which he knew he would snap, would not stay to breathe another lungful of hydrocarbon-laced valley air..."
Then disaster strikes in the form of the last in-first out rule of employment. Arjun releases a devastating virus in the form of Leela01, thinking that he will retain his job by fixing the problem, but Guy Swift steals the glory from under his nose, and in despair Arjun replicates the virus, which announces itself with a shot from his favourite bollywood star, the young, fresh and beautiful, Leela Zahir dancing, and leaves it to generate complete mayhem. Globalisation does the rest.
When Guy Swift, Chief of the `Ghostbusters', as the cogniscenti colourfully dub themselves, forms his own company: Tomorrow* and sets out to pitch to various organisations we get a hilarious take on the hollow positivity of business language and also learn that Swift's girlfriend Gaby, is contemplating a change in their relationship. She has been asked to chaperone the Bollywood star, Leela Zahir, who is on location in Scotland when the virus begins to cause global meltdown in corporate America, and soon the world. By now, though, Arjun is on the run.
Totally enjoyable and wickedly satirical, this is a blockbuster of a novel, commenting on the arid business of making a success in America. Kunzru's characterisations are marvellous, The plotting is energetic, fun and smart. I loved this book. It is a scintillating take on the power of the internet to destroy our new-found faith in the machines that are supposed to improve and enrich our lives. For now, maybe, but who knows?
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2014 03:13:17 GMT
Sue Kichenside says:
Another great review - and another one I'll have to add to the teetering pile by the sound of it!
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 14:16:32 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
Oh I'm sure you'll like this one. I just love Hari Kunzru's books.
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