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  • ISBN 1602839158
  • ISBN13 978-1602839151
  • Language English
  • Author Jennifer Egan
  • Publisher AudioGO; Unabridged edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Formats rtf doc mbr lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Size ePub 1426 kb
  • Size Fb2 1867 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 748

Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the troubled young woman he employs, never discover each other's pasts, but the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other people whose paths intersect with theirs in the course of nearly fifty years. A Visit from the Goon Squad is about time, about survival, about our private terrors, and what happens when we fail to rebound.

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction by American author Jennifer Egan.

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction by American author Jennifer Egan. The book is a set of thirteen interrelated stories with a large set of characters all connected to Bennie Salazar, a record company executive, and his assistant, Sasha. The book centers on the mostly self-destructive characters, who, as they grow older, are sent in unforeseen, and sometimes unusual, directions by life

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Home Jennifer Egan A Visit From the Goon Squad. A visit from the goon s. .A Visit From the Goon Squad, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25. a cognizant v5 release. Also by jennifer egan. And once the screwdriver was in her hand, she felt instant relief from the pain of having an old soft-backed man snuffling under her tub, and then something more than relief: a blessed indifference, as if the very idea of feeling pain over such a thing were baffling. And what about after he’d gone? Coz had asked when Sasha told him the story.

Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts. Jennifer Egan is the author of four novels: A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus; and the story collection Emerald City.

Goon Squad becomes more fragmented, and more formally experimental, as it progresses: the penultimate .

Goon Squad becomes more fragmented, and more formally experimental, as it progresses: the penultimate chapter is written entirely as the PowerPoint slide diary of Sasha's teenage daughter Alison, whose brother is obsessed with pauses in rock songs. Egan has said that the organising principle of A Visit from the Goon Squad is discontinuity; this may be true, but the reason the book works so well is because of the continuities she has also created: her atomised people collide, scatter and recombine in patterns that are less chaotic than they appear. Egan's characters, and the America they inhabit, are winding entropically down.

By him. ― Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad. Rebecca was an academic star. Her new book was on the phenomenon of word casings, a term she'd invented for words that no longer had meaning outside quotation marks

By him. tags: disappointment, marriage, relationship. Her new book was on the phenomenon of word casings, a term she'd invented for words that no longer had meaning outside quotation marks. English was full of these empty words-"friend" and "real" and "story" and "change"-words that had been shucked of their meanings and reduced to husks.

In the novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan . A music mogul named Lou is one of the many characters who drift through Jennifer Egan’s spiky, shape-shifting new book, A Visit From the Goon Squad

In the novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan explores the relentless passage of time on individual lives, set against the backdrop of the rock music business. A music mogul named Lou is one of the many characters who drift through Jennifer Egan’s spiky, shape-shifting new book, A Visit From the Goon Squad. Whether this tough, uncategorizable work of fiction is a novel, a collection of carefully arranged interlocking stories or simply a display of Ms. Egan’s extreme virtuosity, the same characters pop up in different parts of it. Lou is a case in point.

In commemoration of her birthday on September 7, listen to Jennifer Egan give a reading from her Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Visit From the Goon Squad. Photo courtesy of David Shankbone. A Visit From the Goon Squad Podcast PENpodcast Author reading Messiah in Brooklyn.

2011 - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. A generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love. An inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed. 2012 - No award was given.

She speaks to Jane Ciabattari about her work-and why Madonna is so over. Dressed in a stylish sleeveless floor-length dress, the willowy Egan walked in 90-degree heat from the Javits Center to a rooftop West Village penthouse cocktail party, where she chatted amiably into the night. Remaining a pop phenomenon for 20 years without dying or lapsing into self-parody is quite a feat. I sat down with her the next day at the Aroma Espresso Bar on West 72nd Street.

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This book was so much different than what I expected. I certainly wasn't expecting a narrative told in separate connected stories (think: Olive Kitteridge, The Tsar of Love and Techno), that's for sure. It's a bold approach, and it works.

The back cover of the book does a pretty apt job explaining it: it's about aging punk rock record executive Bennie and his younger troubled assistant, Sasha. It's indirectly about them, at least. After starting off with stories focused on Bennie and Sasha as the main characters, the other stories are about people who knew them throughout their lives. Bennie and Sasha serve as the connecting thread that binds everyone together.

This kind of narrative is gutsy because you have to make sure a) each story is interesting in its own right while b) holding the reader's attention with so many different characters and c) maintaining enough of a connection to the central characters that it doesn't feel random.

Here, Egan succeeds on all fronts. With captivating characters and intellectually stimulating prose, she kept me fully engaged and eager to read each succeeding story. She even plays around with form in an exhilarating way; one story (one of my favorites) is told as a sort of PowerPoint presentation from the perspective of a young girl.

I enjoyed this book immensely in spite of not connecting with it emotionally as much as I did intellectually.
I REALLY wanted to love this story. I thought I would. Typically, any book that involves the music biz with its myriad characters that come in every shade and style of humanity completely engrosses me. I love the irreverence, the wild ride of rock & roll mixed with the roller coaster that is life in the city, life growing up, life in the push and pull of families; heartache, mental illness, etc., so this should've knocked my socks off. I wanted it to, but it didn't.

Maybe it was my state of mind, I don't know, but there was not one emotional punch that landed with me. The characters were cleverly constructed, with lots of smart dialogue and angst-ridden plot points, but I was not moved by a one. And, frankly, even after repeatedly checking the book description to remind myself of who characters were and what they were supposed to be doing, their outlines somehow kept disappearing in the meandering narrative. I couldn't keep them straight, and their vignettes and individual chapters (often with bouncing time-lines and seemingly little connection) were indistinct and, for me, ultimately forgettable.

At times I felt the writer was working too hard to be clever: the Power Point display towards the top of the third act (or maybe the third of four acts?) was likely meant to convey some sort of meaning, but on an e-reader it was illegible and though a weblink was offered, even that suggestion was emblematic of the problem: the device took me out of the story; it was pages and pages and pages, and had I actually left my book to go look at this on a website, I'd've LITERALLY been taken out of the story! As it was, I skipped ahead, just wanting to grab onto some thread that kept me as connected as possible to the difficult-to-follow narrative.

For me it never got there. There were some interesting, well written sections, but it wasn't cohesive enough to really impel this reader forward to find out what was going to happen. I did get to the end...and was over. That was about it. It left no mark.

All art is subjective, I understand that, and clearly this is a case where my perspective is somewhat out-of-sync: Egan has won enough awards for this book, including the Pulitzer Prize, to make clear that whatever has eluded me was less of a problem for others! So be it. She is a skilled writer, with a mastery of language, and this may just be one piece of her work that did not resonate. Perhaps another of her books will.
Not only is the writing unobtrusively perfect, but the structure of this book is a delightful mystery. Complete characters, inventive presentation...a treasure for literature lovers!
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My review and rating - as for all my reports - reflects how I react to the book and should not be seen some sort of objective score. I did not love this book but it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 - so obviously the experts see it differently from me.

When I first picked out a couple of Jennifer Egan's novels to read I decided to start with Manhattan Beach because the structure of this one sounded daunting - if flashes back and forth from past to present to future focusing on different characters of a loosely bound group. Additionally the point of view switches between first, second, and third person. So, you have to be on your mental toes while reading - I wasn't.

The two main characters are Bernie - a music producer and Sasha - his one time assistant. The books starts with Sasha then jumps to other people who know her or Bernie. It is like a set of short stories rather than a novel - except the chapters all revolve around the two main characters and couldn't stand on their own. In other words - exactly like a book of short stories except they aren't. 

When one of the characters - who earlier tried to commit suicide - is high he points to the central point of the book:

"...and the question is, which one is really 'you', the one saying and doing whatever it is, or the one watching?" [Loc 2718]

As we work our way through the story, that is our job: which version of this person is the "real" version. But of course we change through our lives and we are the accumulation of all our history.

We read a couple of direct references to the goon squad; I'll leave it to you to read so I won't spoil it here.

This book really never grabbed me; as a result I'd put it aside for a few days and when I picked it up again the next chapter was in a different time with different characters and a different point of view. As a result I had to keep going back to remind myself who is/was who. My advice is dive in and swim through it quickly. That way it will likely hang together more may resonate better. The stories and characters themselves are interesting and the writing saves this from being a two star book - for me. The story about La Doll - Dolly's - fall, comeback, and retreat is especially good.