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A Visit from the Goon Squad de Jennifer Egan
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A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010 original; edició 2010)

de Jennifer Egan (Autor)

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Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs confront their pasts in this powerful story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem.… (més)
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Títol:A Visit from the Goon Squad
Autors:Jennifer Egan (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (2010), Edition: Illustrated, 288 pages
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A Visit from the Goon Squad de Jennifer Egan (2010)

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both A Visit from the Good Squad and The House on Fortune Street follow the often unexpected intricacies of human relationships of a handful of young adults.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 449 (següent | mostra-les totes)
This book seemed disjointed and choppy. One chapter was describing a characters past, next chapter usually a different character. All linked together around the punk music industry.

Suddenly 3/4 through the book I got it, and really ended up liking it. Not the typical story of people, their pasts and their connections. Totally different direction than I thought the book would take. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Fremragende læsning. Hvert kapitel har en ny fortæller, men alle historier er smukt forbundet og bestemt læseværdige. Det kræver sin forfatter at få dét til at virke. Jeg vil placere den på samme hylde som Tom Rachmans The Imperfectionists, lige under David Mitchells Ghostwritten. ( )
  heineaaen | Apr 4, 2021 |
This was rather a brilliantly written non-linear novel about a group of people living their lives while continually bumping into each other due to circumstance. Also, the music. The music! I would listen to this book's 'soundtrack' any day of the week. Plus, Egan's writing style is a treat to read; she really knows how to set a scene and of course double props for telling an entire chapter WITH POWERPOINT. Too ace. The ending was, in a word, perfect. I'll definitely be reading more of Egan's works in the near future. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Readers should know that this is, for all intents and purposes, a short story collection, but in a sense that each character is connected to another in an interlocking network that is loosely united by a love of good music and family and other kinds of human connections, and that these 'short stories' are thus best read collectively from cover to cover.

Like many of these reviews I'll have to come back and say more about this later. But for now it will suffice to say that this book is cleverly written with some great characterizations. It is overall about the bittersweet passage of time, and the moments in-between where the pauses mean more than just the end of a song. ( )
  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
There's not much I can say about this book that isn't fairly obvious. It contains a number of stories, chapters from the lives of people who are interconnected in differing gradations. Most of them manage to be both subtly poignant and fun, highlight the intense effect of time and choice on life, making me feel old and regretful; but just the right amount.

I suppose it's like a collection of still lifes, you know if the Flemish masters were hipsters who put little hashtags in the bottom corner, accompanying their swaggering signatures. Don't get me wrong, I loved the different styles and perspectives and some of the things that other people have called gimmicky. I even loved the PowerPoint chapter, which also, temporarily, made me think I'd been reading really fast, not realising that there were 74 pages of it and I'd been as snail paced as always. One glorious moment, though. I must admit that I cringed slightly at my first literary encounter of the word 'Facebook', but that's because, mentally, I've been an 85 year old fart since I've been 16 (yet, amazingly, remaining mentally 16 simultaneously since then!)

Well, I loved it. Really my style, it reminded me of a less raunchy Irvine Welsh at times. Really well written and original. I would give it 4.5 if I could.

This book also has an interesting side effect on me. When I was reading it, and whenever I see the cover, which is still leering at me from below (recently finished books have to spend some time on the floor), I get Elvis Costello's - Goon Squad stuck in my head, which, incidentally has some interesting pauses in it. GOON SQUAAAAAAAD!


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  superpeer | Feb 1, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 449 (següent | mostra-les totes)
It is neither a novel nor a collection of short stories, but something in between: a series of chapters featuring interlocking characters at different points in their lives, whose individual voices combine to a create a symphonic work that uses its interconnected form to explore ideas about human interconnectedness. This is a difficult book to summarise, but a delight to read, gradually distilling a medley out of its polyphonic, sometimes deliberately cacophonous voices.
 
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.
afegit per sduff222 | editaPublishers Weekly (Jan 31, 2011)
 
Jennifer Egan’s new novel is a moving humanistic saga, an enormous nineteenth-century-style epic brilliantly disguised as ironic postmodern pastiche. It has thirteen chapters, each an accomplished short story in its own right; characters who meander in and out of these chapters, brushing up against one another’s lives in unexpected ways; a time frame that runs from 1979 to the near, but still sci-fi, future; jolting shifts in time and points of view—first person, second person, third person, Powerpoint person; and a social background of careless and brutal sex, careless and brutal drugs, and carefully brutal punk rock. All of this might be expected to depict the broken, alienated angst of modern life as viewed through the postmodern lens of broken, alienated irony. Instead, Egan gives us a great, gasping, sighing, breathing whole.
 
Although shredded with loss, “A Visit From the Goon Squad” is often darkly, rippingly funny. Egan possesses a satirist’s eye and a romance novelist’s heart.
afegit per zhejw | editaNew York Times, Will Blythe (Jul 8, 2010)
 
If Jennifer Egan is our reward for living through the self-conscious gimmicks and ironic claptrap of postmodernism, then it was all worthwhile. Her new novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad," is a medley of voices -- in first, second and third person -- scrambled through time and across the globe with a 70-page PowerPoint presentation reproduced toward the end.

I know that sounds like the headache-inducing, aren't-I-brilliant tedium that sends readers running to nonfiction, but Egan uses all these stylistic and formal shenanigans to produce a deeply humane story about growing up and growing old in a culture corroded by technology and marketing. And what's best, every movement of this symphony of boomer life plays out through the modern music scene, a white-knuckle trajectory of cool, from punk to junk to whatever might lie beyond. My only complaint is that "A Visit From the Goon Squad" doesn't come with a CD.
afegit per zhejw | editaWashington Post, Ron Charles (Jun 16, 2010)
 

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Jennifer Eganautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
de Wilde, BarbaraDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Karjalainen, HeikkiTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ortega, RoxanaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs confront their pasts in this powerful story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem.

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