This book is fantastic and deserves all the praise and awards (Pulitzer for Lit.) that has rained down upon it. My sole issue with this book is the title. It's awful. I almost didn't read it because the title was so bad. Blargh! Anyway, the book itself is fabulous. Disappointment, demise, desperation, and ultimately - in some cases - redemption. All tied together ala Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. (Hm. We're all connected in our desperation somehow and glean whatever small amounts of redemption we can from one another??) Another book I would love to read with a group of people led by a trained literari (is that a word? You get my point.) Read it. All of you.
A Visit from the Goon Squad
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About This Item
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Best Book
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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The Rock and Roll nove...
The Rock and Roll novel is hard to pull off, there have only been a select few that have been good (The Ground Beneath her Feet by Salman Rushdie, Great Jones Street by Don Delillo). Now you can add A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan to that list. Egan is a brilliant writer and one of the few women writers to be a postmodern writer with a literary bag of tricks. This novel features a celebrity magazine interview with footnotes (a la David Foster Wallace) and a compelling chapter told in a Powerpoint Presentation. It's also told out of order. The novel focuses on Bennie Salazar, a former punk musician turned record producer who hates the music he puts out and feels digitization has sucked the life out of art. Sasha is his trusty assistant who has the talent but never rose above her position and she is also a kleptomaniac due to her bad childhood. Bennie has been with a lot of women but he's never been with Sasha, even though he wants it to happen. There are a lot of cast of characters in this book , all who are realistically drawn. This is a great book with a lot of memorable set pieces like Bennie's high school days with his bandmates or when a disgraced publicist is trying to improve the image of a murderous foreign leader. As well as the chapter set in New York in the future, where babies can buy music with one click on an Iphone like device. This is a flawless story that entertained me from beginning to end.
I enjoyed Jennifer Ega...
I enjoyed Jennifer Egan's book "A Visit from the Goon Squad" and can see why it won a Pulitzer. Overall, this was a really fun read, though I felt some parts were a little gimmicky -- like the chapter of diagrams and the section about Rob, which didn't really work well. This novel is a collection of vignettes about a group of loosely connected people, more or less designed to show how people change with the passage of time. (And how people flit in and out of our lives along the way in ever changing relationships.) The characters in this book were all pretty memorable as Egan filled the pages of this book with great details about a myriad of people. She is a strong writer and I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book by her.
The good- interesting ...
The good- interesting style, great locations, short story chapters. The bad- don't know if,it's because I was reading on ipad and couldn't be bothered to flip back, but I kept losing the characters. Who was that again? Not a terrible problem if you just choose to read as the linked short stories they are. Also, primarily insufferable characters. Get over yourselves!
I thought it was alrig...
I thought it was alright but not brilliant. The section on the sister of the autistic boy was affecting and well laid out as a series of charts, which illustrated the girl and her family's characteristics well. Aside from that section the characters were not very likeable.
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