Upon reading the last chapters of the novel a few ideas crossed my mind of finding a few comparisons to 19th century literature. These ideas were heightened by class discussions. Chapter 14 when Reno is staying at Sandro’s family home reminded me very much of a Heroine within a British Novel. Now I know that we are in American Literature, but our first lecture of the semester we were discussing what makes an American Novel American. Something that I picked up from that class discussion was that American Novels build upon older works of fiction and create it into something of their own, for instance parodies of Jane Eyre. It is a british novel, but there have been many American twists applied to it.
Where I see the similarities are within Reno living in a home that is not hers, and being rejected by family a workers for her upbringing and class status. This is a common theme within British literature where there is a sense of inadequacy within the heroin towards her man. It is clear when Reno talks about Sandro’s mother that she feels out of place.
Another aspect of this chapter that reminds me of a british novel is Talia and Sandro’s affair. The fact that she is related to him, makes this a very bizarre situation from our modern American eyes. It would be interesting to look more in depth at this particular novel, to find the differences and similarities between a particular british novel, and this novel.
A quick note of something else that I wrote in my notes from our last lecture was that Flamethrowers seems to be a novel of time and space -sociologically- to show characters lost in a time of confusion within political changes and growing businesses.