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A Visit from the Goon Squad

17 Ratings: 4.1
A book by Jennifer Egan

Starred Review. 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 … see full wiki

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Author: Jennifer Egan
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
4 reviews about A Visit from the Goon Squad
review by . December 10, 2010
   Lovers of the linear narrative and start-at-point-A-and-end-at-point-B story beware! Jennifer Egan is back, and she’s not messing around. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a collection of interconnected stories (a format I have grown to love) that move back and forth in time, from one character to the next and back again, and appear in first-, second-, and third-person narration. And there’s a chapter written entirely as a PowerPoint slideshow. It begins with Sasha, who …
Quick Tip by . February 09, 2011
Loved the book - however i wish I hadn't read it on a Kindle and opted to own a copy instead. I wanted to flip back and forth through the book's timeline and that was hard to do!
review by . March 04, 2011
   Because I am dragging myself through a list, The 2011 Tournament of Books, in order to impose a challenge and to experience some other tastes in literature, I didn't abandon this book as I would have done.      It's enough like The Imperfectionists that I couldn't stop comparing it unfavorably as I slogged through. As a collection of short stories, few of the entries would hold up as well on their own as The Imperfectionists'. As a novel, the thread …
review by . May 18, 2010
Seventy-seven pages into Visit, there is an exchange that is emblematic of what goes on in this firecracker of a novel. Scotty, the super-talented guitar player from Bennie's seventies garage band, shows up in Benny's office. Now it's the nineties. Bennie is riding the crest of a wave as a recording impresario. Scotty is worn out, an obvious loser. He smiles, and shows the gaps in his teeth. What he's there for? Bennie asks him. They've been out of touch for twenty years. Scotty says: "I want to …
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