I Am Radar

I Am Radar

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In 1975, a black child named Radar Radmanovic is mysteriously born to white parents. Though Radar is raised in suburban New Jersey, his story rapidly becomes entangled with terrible events in Yugoslavia, Norway, Cambodia, the Congo, and beyond. Falling in with a secretive group of puppeteers and scientists - who stage experimental art for people suffering under wartime sieges - Radar is forced to confront the true nature of his identity.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Hamish Hamilton, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780670068715
Characteristics: 656 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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Gprussell
Sep 27, 2016

The author uses an pedantic pseudo-philosophical avalanche of words to create stories that leaves the reader unfulfilled

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Marge2015
Apr 14, 2016

Tiresome, never read much of it.

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timcar1
Jan 09, 2016

I can't emphansize enough how bad this book is. Too long, too boring. You'll waste hours of time, and at the end have no idea what's going on.

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gendeg
Mar 28, 2015

By far, I Am Radar should get points for sheer imaginative storytelling; Larsen brazenly rejects narrative conventions. But ultimately I just tired of the book long before I reached the end. I didn’t rip through this; the story drags and grows tedious in places. Larsen does a remarkable job showing off his love of research, and kudos to him for that, but it’s like he made the novel structure an afterthought, a mere modus operandi for the sake of convenience. As in Larsen’s first novel, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which I enjoyed, this one is full of marginalia, pictures, excerpts, footnote-type facts, but it just never really comes together and gels into a satisfying story arc. (Clocking in at 600 pages, there should be an arc, for goodness sakes!) Reading it was like observing an ice sculpture that you once marveled at momentarily at the beginning, until it all melted and dribbled away and now you have no recollection of its original form.

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