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Transmission (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Hari Kunzru

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Member:Cariola
Title:Transmission
Authors:Hari Kunzru
Info:Dutton Adult (2006), Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, General Fiction, Read but unowned
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Tags:Fiction, 21st century, multicultural, given away

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Got it fromn Milford, but was not in the right mood to start it. ( )
  GJbean | Oct 20, 2010 |
Starting to see some themes emerging in Kunzru's opus after reading his debut novel, The Impressionist and now Transmission. Identity, belonging, and the fragility of our self constructs. This one feels a little forced, as if he's exploring worlds he doesn't really know (both branding and the geek/hacker cultures). Still, bits of it reminded me of early William Boyd - particularly American Stars and Bars. ( )
  ruthseeley | Jun 13, 2010 |
An entertaining read, though it felt a bit underdeveloped; many of the secondary characters' plots felt more like vignettes than proper stories. Still, Mehta's disillusionment was suitably touching, as Swift's Nathan Barley-like business venture. ( )
  kaisemic | Jan 26, 2010 |
A contemporary Indian Story which follows Arjun as he tries to achieve the American Dream. When things go awry he releases a computer virus in the hope that his employer will retain him as he offers a solution. Again his plan goes awry! A light read reminiscent of the style of Q&A. but nonetheless enjoyable. ( )
  HelenBaker | Jan 20, 2010 |
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In Transmission, award-winning writer Hari Kunzru takes an ultra-contemporary turn with the story of an Indian computer programmer whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

Lonely and naïve, Arjun spends his days as a lowly assistant virus- tester, pining away for his free-spirited colleague Christine. Arjun gets laid off like so many of his Silicon Valley peers, and in an act of desperation to keep his job, he releases a mischievous but destructive virus around the globe that has major unintended consequences. As world order unravels, so does Arjun’s sanity, in a rollicking cataclysm that reaches Bollywood and, not so coincidentally, the glamorous star of Arjun’s favorite Indian movie.

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Lonely and insecure, Indian computer programmer Arjun finds his life and security destroyed when he is fired and, in order to keep his job and the woman he loves, unleashes a destructive virus that wreaks havoc on computers around the globe.

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