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A Visit from the Goon Squad Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO; Unabridged edition (June 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602839158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602839151
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #969,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Pitch perfect. . . . Darkly, rippingly funny. . . . Egan possesses a satirist's eye and a romance novelist's heart."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"At once intellectually stimulating and moving. . . . Like a masterful album, this one demands a replay."
--"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"A new classic of American fiction."
--"Time"
"Audacious, extraordinary."
--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"A spiky, shape-shifting new book. . . . A display of Egan's extreme virtuosity."
--"The New York Times"
"Wildly ambitious. . . . A tour de force. . . . Music is both subject and metaphor as Egan explores the mutability of time, destiny, and individual accountability post-technology."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"The smartest book you can get your hands on."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"A rich and unforgettable novel about decay and endurance, about individuals in a world as it changes around them. . . . [Egan] is one of the most talen --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine.

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Format: Hardcover
The novel is a collection of short stories which are related to Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and his assistant Sasha. Each story (chapter) is told by a different person, in first, second or third person and takes place at different times and different parts of the world. And time is the key to this novel: we readers are observing the lives of people who wonder what has happened, where have the years gone, and how they could have passed so quickly? The lives of Bennie and Sasha touch on a number of different levels. While Bennie and Sasha have known each other for a long time, they do not really know much about each other. We come to know them through the various stories told in the novel.

We meet many of the characters both as teenagers and then as adults and see that although life has moved in often unexpected directions, the desire to belong is still constant. Seeing Bennie Salazar's life from a number of different perspectives provides a series of links between the past and the present for both Bennie and those characters.

We meet Bennie Salazar at a low point in his adult life. Bennie is divorced and is struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son -- and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, enjoying San Francisco's punk scene, discovering his passion for rock and roll.

We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist's couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then as a runaway living in Naples, and then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend.
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Format: Paperback
The cover of "A Visit From The Goon Squad" labels the book "a novel" and most critics have referred to it as such. However, if you wish to read a novel, look elsewhere because Egan has actually written a collection of linked stories.

But forget categorization; Egan's work displays brash beauty as she delves into the power of shame, an emotion which makes one present in the moment as effectively as does fear or desire. The protagonist, Bennie, a famous music producer, catalogues his shame on the back of a parking ticket. His assistant, Sasha, deals with hers by compulsively shoplifting. The stories also follow the interlocking fates of compelling, tender and humourous characters: Bennie's high school crowd, Sasha's parents, her uncle and her suicidal friend.

As well as shame, Egan's themes include immortality, redemption and a longing to master time. She proves a fearless writer and takes risks by employing different points of view and unconventional styles including a 75-page interlude in power point. These edgy techniques range from jarring to brilliant but, overall, they unite to form a well-crafted collection that ventures vitally into new territory.
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It reads like a series of intertwining short stories--and a novel, all at once. It won the Pulitzer, and with good reason. Apparently, this book is an homage of sorts to Proust's Remembrance of Things Past--but essentially it is about time, the passage of time and what is lost and gained, remembered, cherished and forgotten--time here being the goon squad that visits us all.
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This is a very well written book. Complex but not confusing. Full of symbolism and metaphors. Very relevant to real life. Well worth the read.
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This is one of the best novels I've ever read. Even its power-point presentation chapter drips with more emotion (and heartbreak) than the typical work of fiction. Give this brilliant book a chance and you will be deeply rewarded.
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