Monday, January 30, 2006

I finished the bulk of Trance by Christopher Sorrentino yesterday while doing endless loads of laundry. It's a fictionalized version of the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the SLA and begins right before the majority of the group meets a fiery end. It then follows "Tania" (Alice Galton's, as she's known in the book, guerrilla name) and the other two remaining members as they go underground and struggle for purpose before finally being captured over a year later. Thinking about it now, it was surprisingly light on action after the initial showdown and most of the tension came from the clashes inside the group and with Tania's growth as a person, but it didn't drag at all because of the irony, satire, and humor. I really enjoyed it, although now I keep picturing scenes from "Cry Baby", which features Patty Hearst as a well-meaning mother whose daughter is rebelling against her and society, and all the different layers of irony contained there.

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