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Sat, 01 Oct 2005


Hari Kunzru, Transmission, Penguin

The main protagonist is an Indian comp-sci grad who seeks fame and fortune working in the USA. He lands a slave visa job and things proceed to get humourously, disastrously, complicated.

If there's a problem, it's that technically knowledgable people will feel the author has absorbed a good bit about the subject but that it's all veneer and liable to fall into holes. It's like dumbed-down geekness. Another thing is the sheer unlikability of most of the characters. We can probably blame irony for most of that.

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