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Revolutionaries: A novel av Joshua Furst
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Revolutionaries: A novel (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2020)

av Joshua Furst (Författare)

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In his second novel, the acclaimed author of The Sabotage Café leads us on a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond, as seen through the eyes of the revolution's poster child. Fred is the sole offspring of Lenny Snyder, the famous (or notorious) pied piper of the counterculture, and in middle age he hates being reminded of it. But neither can he ignore any longer his psychedelically bizarre childhood. From infancy, for instance, when his parents named him Freedom, he was held up as a model for the new consciousness, not only by family and friends but also by everyone in the burgeoning movement led by his father, who happily exploited having his wife and his toddling, then walking and talking, and finally observant son in tow. Thanks to Fred, this charismatic, brilliant, volatile ringmaster is as captivating in these pages as he was to his devoted disciples back then. We watch Lenny organize hippies and intellectuals, stage magnificent stunts, and gradually lose his magnetic confidence and leading role as the sixties start slipping away. He demands loyalty but gives none back in return, a man who preaches love but treats his own intimates with almost reflexive cruelty. And Fred remembers all of it--the chaos, the spite, the affection. A kaleidoscopic saga, this novel is at once a profound allegory for America--where we've been and where we're going--and a deeply personal and profound portrait of a father and son who define our times.… (mer)
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Titel:Revolutionaries: A novel
Författare:Joshua Furst (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2020), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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This novel, a bitter fictional memoir of the miserable childhood of Abbie Hoffman's (here named Lenny Snyder) son Freedom (Fred), is a complete bummer of an abusive childhood. Some names are unredacted (folk singer Phil Ochs, pitifully sad; movement lawyer William Kuntsler, self-absorbed; Bobby Seale, hawking BBQ sauce) and some are disguised (Jerry Rubin, Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver). Why? The narrative even inexplicably leaves out the trial of the Chicago Seven. I regret finishing this book. ( )
  froxgirl | Feb 1, 2020 |
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In his second novel, the acclaimed author of The Sabotage Café leads us on a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond, as seen through the eyes of the revolution's poster child. Fred is the sole offspring of Lenny Snyder, the famous (or notorious) pied piper of the counterculture, and in middle age he hates being reminded of it. But neither can he ignore any longer his psychedelically bizarre childhood. From infancy, for instance, when his parents named him Freedom, he was held up as a model for the new consciousness, not only by family and friends but also by everyone in the burgeoning movement led by his father, who happily exploited having his wife and his toddling, then walking and talking, and finally observant son in tow. Thanks to Fred, this charismatic, brilliant, volatile ringmaster is as captivating in these pages as he was to his devoted disciples back then. We watch Lenny organize hippies and intellectuals, stage magnificent stunts, and gradually lose his magnetic confidence and leading role as the sixties start slipping away. He demands loyalty but gives none back in return, a man who preaches love but treats his own intimates with almost reflexive cruelty. And Fred remembers all of it--the chaos, the spite, the affection. A kaleidoscopic saga, this novel is at once a profound allegory for America--where we've been and where we're going--and a deeply personal and profound portrait of a father and son who define our times.

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