A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon SquadHauska, Raikas Ja Yll Tt V Lukukokemus T M N Hetken Puhutuimmalta Amerikkalaiskirjailijalta, Pulitzer Ja National Book Critic S Prizen Voittajalta Eganin Henkil Kaarti On Herkullisen V Rik S Ja Mittava Ja Ajallisesti Liikutaan 1970 Luvulta 2020 Luvulle Romaanin Keh M Isen Rakenteen Voisi Ajatella Muistuttavan Facebookia.Newyorkilainen Sasha Ty Skentelee Levy Yhti Ss Johtaja Benny Salazarin Assistenttina Romaanin Alussa H N On Ensitreffeill Alex Nimisen Miehen Kanssa.Sitten Ollaankin Sashan Pomon Bennyn Matkassa Hiljattain Eronnut Mies Muistelee Nuoruuttaan San Franciscossa H N Kuului Punkkariporukkaan, Soitti B Ndiss Ja Tapasi Levy Yhti Pomo Loun, Joka Auttoi H Net Uralla Alkuun.Seuraavan Jakson Kertojana On Loun Poika Rolph Ja Tapahtumapaikkana Afrikka 70 Luvulla Lou On Vienyt Lapsensa Safarille Mukana On My S Erin Isi Rock T Hti , Joista Yksi Joutuu Leijonan Raatelemaksi.V Lill K Yd N Dollyn, Uransa Pelastusta Yritt V N Pr Naisen, Matkassa V Liamerikkalaisessa Diktatuurissa, Jota Johtavan Kenraalin Julkisuuskuvaa Dolly Yritt Pelastaa Lavastamalla T Lle Suhteen Amerikkalaisen N Yttelij Tt Ren Kanssa.Romaanin Yksi Luku On Powerpoint Muodossa Ja Sen Kertoja On Sashan Tyt R Ally, Elet N Vuotta 2020 Ja Jotain H M V , Kuinka Nopeasti Aika Kuluikaan Um, this is just BAAAAAAD Bold face, capital letters BAD Absolutely awful What..were..they..thinking Oh, I forgot, they weren t When did the Pulitzer become the Puke litzer I ll never again trust that prize designation except with books from a long time ago Don t be fooled by the first chapter, which is not too bad Sort of an interesting start, about a kleptomaniac aging punk rock chick After that, FORGET IT Dumpster filler A lot of people make a big mention of the PowerPoint section of the book Cool gimmick, right But as far as I m concerned, there s too much emphasis in the book on cough cough power points in general, if ya know what I mean Left a bad taste in my mouth, and in the mouths of some of the characters, no doubt So aside from the gamahuche and other potency obsessions, there s a lot of cocaine and ludes and really bad punk rock song lyrics Oh, and a lot of really annoying, unlikeable characters who seem to substitute therapy for actually get
Spoiler alert You will get old You will die Things will never be like they are right now And yet, how things are right now will determine how they are in the future This is so.The goon in the title of this book is time It opens with a quote from Proust, the poet laureate of memory, about how we cannot recapture the people we were in past the places where we were those people, but rather that those people exist within us, always And that, it seems to me, is or less the book, in a nutshell But, oh, how it gets there How the story unfolds stories, really is breathtaking This the best book I ve read this year.A collection of narratives they aren t really stories centered around various record industry denizens an aging producer, his assistant, her college best friend, the producer s mentor, his wife s brother, a publicist, etc Goon Squad is a novel about lives It opens with Sasha, the beautiful, troubled assistant to record producer Bennie Salazar and continues on through a host of characters who knew them And knew is the word here, for the lesson of the book seems to be that we are not the same people we were before Those people are dead, and yet the people we all became the sagging, sad, tired, knowing people we are now those people are inextricably tied to the people we were We are simultaneously incapable of recovering what was lost and yet bound to know what it is that we re missing.Does this sound like the book is horribly, horribly sad It isn t It s beautiful a
hell s bells believe this hype.this book is the saddest, truest, wisest book i have ever read in a single day which is not to belittle it my tear assing through it is because i did not want to stop reading it and resented any interruption that tried to get in my way i am someone who plans things i have timetables in my head i have to, in order to get everything done nothing important, just at 8 00 i will untangle my necklaces while i watch my netflix at 10 00, i will fold my laundry and then pay bills, etc etc this book ruined all of my good intentions i read straight through one mental time allotment after another, leaving dishes unwashed and e mails unanswered and i did not care one bit as i read, i kept thinking, this is exactly right this woman gets it, this is just what i was talking about the other day because karen has been doing a little bit of dwelling lately, and this book really captured so many universals of youth, adulthood and the rest she knows just how to twist the knife.everyone has been praising this book since it came out, but all i knew going into it was that there was a powerpoint chapter and a dfw chapter which i had already read, at greg s command, months ago i d
I attended a novel writing workshop last week and one of the things that I took home with me was write to express and not to impress I have a feeling, and I could be wrong on this since I am just a paying reader, that Jennifer Egan wrote this novel A Visit from the Good Squad mainly to impress Well, it won the nod of the Pulitzer jurors so the trick worked Each of the 13 chapters is told in different points of view mostly by people who the two main protagonists, Bennie, the gold eating record producer and his kleptomaniac assistant Sasha interact with in the different parts of their lives and in the different locales San Francisco, New York, Africa, Italy, etc The narration is not chronological it jumps from one time frame to another and it made my reading quite a struggle It talks about punk and rock music and bands that I have not heard of maybe because I am not an American and not really into those music genres The most talked about Powerpoint presentation seemed to be a refreshing way to tell a story and it provided a break or a pause, that seems to me as the main m
This is the best book ever that has a whole chapter done in power point I hate power point I think it was invented by the devil and given to humanity to make us even dumber than we are now I think teachers who use power point should be hog tied by their intestines and then sodomized by Mary Lou Retton and probably people in the corporate world too, but I don t know about that first hand, but I m sure they deserve even worse I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate power point, but Jennifer Egan can do a whole book in power point and I d it would probably be effective than most normal novelists are with whole pages filled with words at their disposal Back in November 2009 I proclaimed the ARC of Jonathan Dee s The Privileges the best novel of 2010 There are a few books that have come out that I haven t read yet, but which may be better Citrus County is one that I think might but I now know that this book is just as good, if not better, than Dee s This book has a a lame cover, b a lame jacket description, c a chapter kind of poking fun jesting at DFW s writing style, and d a chapter written in power point but still with all of these apparent negatives the book is awesome I
The National Book Critics Circle Award A Penn Faulkner Award Finalist The freaking Pulitzer It has to be good, right I thought so, to the point that it was the only book that i brought with me on the plane this weekend, but I was really disappointed This book, a collection of quasi connected short stories, covers a span of time between the 1970s and 2020s and follows a variety of people, most notably a former punk rocker turned music executive and a young troubled kleptomaniac turned an adult troubled kleptomaniac The titular goon squad equals passing time and the major theme of the book seems to be, Hey, things change over time The first thing I noticed about the book is that I had already read several of the chapters in short story compilations and magazines over the past five or six years The second thing I noticed was that I didn t enjoy any of them I couldn t shake the feeling that Egan was distracting me from tired story lines and baffling, semi heartless characters with a slew of gimmicks For example This story is written in second person Please don t pay attention to the fact that it is merely one of a billion stories you have read in writing workshops about a
I was going to post a really cool review of this, post dated from the year 202X, but I couldn t get Goodreads to display my PowerPoint presentation correctly This is a lie I did not write a PowerPoint book review because I am lazy am not that clever don t have PowerPoint Or is it all three It is all three.I loved this book, which is funny because it s basically short stories, and I usually don t have the patience for short stories But these did me the favor of interlocking nicely in a way that made me feel like I was reading a novel, and also of being published with a very pretty cover with foil stamping, printed on that textured, slightly rough paper that assures you that you are reading a classy, classy book that will probably be nominated for something Time is a goon, we re told, and the older I get and I m not even old , the I realize that this is really true, as years fly faster and faster and things that once sounded like a long way off are suddenly in the rear view mirror like it is 2010 in one year, 9 11 will have been 10 years ago I used to think 70 seemed old With my parents newly retired and pushing the seven decade mark, though, anyone who dies before 80 seem
Time is a strange old fella, isn t it It creeps up on you and changes you bit by bit until you the new you and the old you are barely than strangers to one another.You can see time as a continuum, a line stretching from the past into the future, a long straight road to travel along with occasional proverbial road not taken splitting off to the side where barely perceptible changes accumulate one by one Or else you can look at it as a series of snapshots, a deck of cards randomly and carelessly shuffled, each one showing a face different from the rest life in snapshots And these snapshots are so different from one another, separated by the years of smart choices and poor choices, pain and happiness, gains and losses, laughter and tears, having formed an invisible network of scars that forever preclude us from following that once long ago good natured yet impossible advice of Please don t change just stay the way you are the promise we can wholeheartedly make but no matter how hard we try we cannot keep Alex imagined walking into her apartment and finding himself still there
Reading this book is like going into the future and eavesdropping on a conversation between two old friends who haven t seen each other in years Remember Bennie Salazar Sure He was that record producer who used to put the gold flakes in his coffee Didn t he used to be in a band Yeah, he was a wannabe punk rocker in the 80s He was friends with Scotty back then Was Scotty normal then Because I heard he s completely shithouse rat crazy these days Oh, he s totally insane Hey, what was Bennie s assistant s name Sasha That s it Whatever happened to her I m not sure I heard she was a total kleptomaniac Really I heard some wild stories about her running around Europe back in the day Someone told me that a friend of hers drowned and really messed her up Huh It had to be something Oh, did you know Bennie s ex wife used to work for that PR woman Dolly The one who is trying to resurrect her business by helping that dictator rehab his image That s her Like she ll ever get steady work again after that disaster she put together Wasn t it Bennie s ex wife s brother who attacked that actress that s been hanging around that dictator, too That s right Small freaking world See what I mean You don t really know these people, but after a while, you get to know their stories and get a feeling for the connections between them That s what Jennifer Egan has done in this creative little novel By telling a series of stories loos
Normally I don t start reviewing books before I ve finished them, but saying how much I hate this book at the halfway point is cathartic.I hate this book I HATE IT SO MUCH Is it well written Probably Complex characters Yeah, I ll give them that That being said, even reading one chapter of this leaves me so freaking depressed that I want to put it in the sink and light it on fire Also, the characters may be complex, but I don t care what happens to any of them I really don t There s this one part where a guy almost gets eaten by a lion no, it doesn t make sense in context I found myself wishing that the lion had gotten everyone At least it would have been interesting See Ray Bradbury s The Veldt for an example of how lions eating all of the characters can forward your plot THAT man could make a short story stand up and sing I also don t really know where this book is going, other than Life is awesome when you re young and free and sucks when you are old and have responsibilities and belong to the local country club Oh yeah, and then you die Prob