Hari Kunzru's Transmission is a witty novel about cyberspace, a Bollywood dancer and a world where everyone is connected.
It's the twenty-first century, and everything and everyone is connected.
Meet Arjun Mehta, an Indian cybergeek catapulted into California's spiralling hi-tech sector; Leela Zahir, beguiling Bollywood actress filming in the midge-infested Scottish wilds; and Guy Swift, hyped-up marketing exec lost in a blue-sky tomorrow of his own devising. Three dislocated individuals seeking nodes of connectivity - a place to fit in. Yet this is the twenty-first century, and their lives are about to become unexpectedly entangled as a virus spreads, and all their futures are rewired. But will it take them further from their dreams, or closer to their hearts?
'An aphoristic joke, a neat turn of phrase; a joke that makes you laugh . . . there's nothing Kunzru couldn't manage in prose. Thoroughly engrossing' Literary Review
'Funny, heartfelt and beautifully written, confirms Kunzru as one of the most talented writers of his generation' Image
'Very enjoyable, I couldn't put it down. Funny and wry; it is deftly plotted; its characters intimately drawn. Blissful' Observer
'Utterly affecting, a novel with devastating satirical bite' Financial Times
Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods Without Men, and the story collection Noise. He lives in New York.
The plot is boring, characters are flat, there is not wit at all. I bought this book because it was in New York Times list of best books of the year but it turned out to be under any possible decency level
clever, entertaining, interesting.... fantastic, in a word! i loved this book, i read it in 5 days, despite lately being a slower reader, couldn't wait to go back to it every time i put it down.
it has everything: it talks about globalisation in all its aspects (work, culture, how it changed perceived distances in the world, technology), it talks about relationships, strained and not, celebrity obsession, all the little things that contribute to the zeitgeist as we know it today.
kunzru does all this without ever being heavy, his storytelling is witty and ironic, i find he is very observant: one of the things i appreciated most is his eye for detail.
so, what can i say... definitely recommended, it's clever AND entertaining: a must-read :)