A Visit from the Goon Squad Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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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."
"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.
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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.Read more ›
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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I picked this book up based on a recommendation from a friend of mine. And I'm happy to report that my friend was bang on. This was a great book. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2011 by NorthVan Dave
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It's an easy read and I looked forward to reading it each day. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2011 by SBuckle
This book is very unevn: interesting in parts and very uninteresting in parts. She loses the reader when she goes into esoteric details. Read morePublished on July 14 2011 by margret
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