I Am Radar

I Am Radar

Book - 2015
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"The moment just before Radar Radmanovic is born, all of the hospital's electricity mysteriously fails. The delivery takes place in total darkness. Lights back on, the staff sees a healthy baby boy--with pitch-black skin--born to the stunned white parents. No one understands the uncanny electrical event or the unexpected skin color. 'A childbirth is an explosion, ' the ancient physician says by way of explanation. 'Some shrapnel is inevitable, isn't it?' A kaleidoscopic novel ... Reif Larsen's [book] begins with Radar's perplexing birth but rapidly explodes outward, carrying readers across the globe and throughout history, as well as to unknown regions where radio waves and subatomic particles dance to their own design"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9781594206160
1594206163
Characteristics: 656 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: I'm Radar

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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.

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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