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A Visit from the Goon Squad

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<p><b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br />National Book Critics Circle Award Winner<br />PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist<br />A <i>New York Times Book Review </i>Best Book </b></p> <p></p> <b>One of the Best Books of the Year: </b> <i>Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, </i> and <i>Village Voice</i> <p></p>Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, <i>A Visit from the Goon Squad </i>is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption. <p></p>

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
A New York Times Book Review Best Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

Publishers Weekly,Readers will be pleased to discover that the star-crossed marriage of lucid prose and expertly deployed postmodern switcheroos that helped shoot Egan to the top of the genre-bending new school is alive in well in this graceful yet wild novel. We begin in contemporaryish New York with kleptomaniac Sasha and her boss, rising music producer Bennie Salazar, before flashing back, with Bennie, to the glory days of Bay Area punk rock, and eventually forward, with Sasha, to a settled life. By then, Egan has accrued tertiary characters, like Scotty Hausmann, Bennie's one-time bandmate who all but dropped out of society, and Alex, who goes on a date with Sasha and later witnesses the future of the music industry. Egan's overarching concerns are about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, and lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn. Or as one character asks, "How did I go from being a rock star to being a fat fuck no one cares about?" Egan answers the question elegantly, though not straight on, as this powerful novel chronicles how and why we change, even as the song stays the same. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Specifications

Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
352
Author
Jennifer Egan
ISBN-13
9780307477477
Publication Date
March, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.10 x 0.70 Inches
ISBN-10
0307477479

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This book is fantastic...
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.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Well it might have got...
Well it might have got two stars, but then came this chapter in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, which was almost impossible to read on my Kindle. The problem was that the whole was less than the sum of the parts, some chapters were quite entertaining, others less so. Yes, there were a few characters who reappeared in other characters stories, but I found it impossible to work out was the author was trying to tell me. I'm quite bemused by the Pulitzer; if this was the best, I think there was a case for a "no award".
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This book is fantastic...
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.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Well it might have got...
Well it might have got two stars, but then came this chapter in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, which was almost impossible to read on my Kindle. The problem was that the whole was less than the sum of the parts, some chapters were quite entertaining, others less so. Yes, there were a few characters who reappeared in other characters stories, but I found it impossible to work out was the author was trying to tell me. I'm quite bemused by the Pulitzer; if this was the best, I think there was a case for a "no award".
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.
Well it might have got two stars, but then came this chapter in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, which was almost impossible to read on my Kindle. The problem was that the whole was less than the sum of the parts, some chapters were quite entertaining, others less so. Yes, there were a few characters who reappeared in other characters stories, but I found it impossible to work out was the author was trying to tell me. I'm quite bemused by the Pulitzer; if this was the best, I think there was a case for a "no award".

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This book is fantastic...

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.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

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.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

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.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

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!

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

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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