A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan?s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other?s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersec Jennifer Egan?s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocke...

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Title:A Visit from the Goon Squad
Author:Jennifer Egan
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:A Visit from the Goon Squad
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

A Visit from the Goon Squad Reviews

  • Greg
    Aug 31, 2010
    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 sodom...
  • karen
    Jan 10, 2011
    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 someo...
  • Sarah
    Apr 19, 2011
    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 ...
  • Lee
    Sep 10, 2010
    A must-read for "creative writing" types interested in POV/style variation. Otherwise, for the second consecutive year, the Pulitzer committee awards nearly empty formalism (see "Tinkers"). Both "Tinkers" and this one are formally "unconventional" and concerned with time, yet otherwise...
  • Kinga
    Apr 18, 2011
    The older I get the harder it is for any book to get on my special-place-in-my-heart shelf. The last time I found myself raving about a book as if it was the Second Coming of Christ was when I read Evening is the Whole Day in December 2009. Either I have been reading lots of so-so book...
  • Patrick Brown
    Mar 23, 2010
    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...
  • Kemper
    Nov 16, 2010
    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 ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 01, 2011
    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 r...
  • Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    May 12, 2011
    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. D...
  • Laurel
    Jun 27, 2011
    While I enjoy writing from time to time, I'm not an author. I wasn't an English major. I've never taken a creative writing course, nor read any books on how to write. Perhaps that's why I often struggle when I give a poor rating to a book that has received high critical acclaim. I mean...
  • Fabian
    Aug 22, 2012
    Taking home the Pulitzer, it's clear what type of novels are favored: the novels deemed fresh and classic simultaneously. Like "Olive Kitteridge" or "The Interpreter of Maladies", this is a novel made up of short stories, all of them vivid anecdotes of people surrounding the music indu...
  • Krok Zero
    Aug 17, 2010
    Probably not Egan's fault that I didn't love this one -- I'm starting to think it's impossible for me to get behind any novel with this kind of pointillist structure. Maybe I'm more aesthetically conservative than I thought I was, because this year I've read two ecstatically praised no...
  • Megha
    Aug 08, 2011
    Time is a goon? Not necessarily, I think. ( First of all, I think I may be too un-American to really get this book. The dreams, hopes, expectations, definition of a happy and content life for most Indians are entirely different from all of Egan's characters. These stories won't fit ...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    May 29, 2011
    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 mainl...
  • Aldrin
    Oct 05, 2010
    There are two paragraphs in Jennifer Egan?s new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad , that heavily hint on its fundamental theme but were not at all written by the author. One is the book?s epigraph, taken from Marcel Proust?s In Search of Lost Time: ?Poets claim that we recaptu...
  • René
    May 11, 2012
    What a bunch of crap. A thing I find unbearable is the forced pathos of one-dimensional characters. Take Benny, for instance. Benny can't get an erection. So he puts gold flakes in his coffee and stares at his assistant's tits with various degrees of discretion. We get it. Why th...
  • j
    Jun 08, 2010
    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 i...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 07, 2011
    I have never read Jennifer Egan before. I had no expectations for this book except that it carried the caveat of Pulitzer Prize Winner. The book as it turns out is really a series of interlocking stories. A minor character in one chapter may be the main character in the next chapter. I...
  • Nikki
    Feb 26, 2011
    This book felt so transparent to me. I could feel her writing and thinking and smirking and patting herself on the back. Normally, I have no problem with that. I love arrogant people when the arrogance is earned. But these stories didn?t ring true for me. They felt staged and cute an...
  • Nataliya
    Feb 07, 2013
    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 more 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 trav...
  • Stephen M
    Mar 10, 2011
    I don't think I've ever been this torn on a book. I mean three stars? four? five? I give away so many five stars anyway.... Ah, goodreads star-rating system, you can never fully capture my experience with a book. So, what did I think of this book? Absolutely beautiful at times. Was it...
  • Ian "Marvin" Zabala-Graye
    Feb 24, 2011
    One At a Time The thirteen chapters of "A Visit from the Goon Squad" are like lily pads on a pond. They encapsulate the lives of a group of people, a community, a human ecosystem, over a period of 50 years (only it doesn?t seem like that long). We start on the pad nearest t...
  • Lyn
    Aug 28, 2015
    Dubliners for the Digital Age. Whereas Joyce used naturalistic prose to depict a specific time and place, Dublin, Ireland in the early twentieth century, author Jennifer Egan uses the same style and perspective to describe life in the late twentieth century, early twenty first centu...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Oct 27, 2012
    Time, you old Gypsy Man, Will you not stay, Put up your caravan Just for one day? - Ralph Hodgson ?Time?s a goon, right?? - Bosco, a character from A Visit from the Goon Squad A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan is a unique book which defies analysis, p...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    Feb 03, 2017
    "...it may be that a crowd at a particular moment in history creates the object to justify its gathering... ...or it may be that two generations of war and surveillance had left people craving the embodiment of their own unease in the form of a lone, unsteady man on a slide guitar." ...
  • Orsodimondo
    Feb 24, 2013
    GOON SQUAD Mappa dei personaggi. Quando Kevin Costner fu intervistato dopo la sua prima regia, che ottenne addirittura sette (molto immeritati) Oscar, e immagino avesse di fronte giornalisti sorpresi da questo eccesso di riconoscimento, spieg il segreto del suo ottimo risult...
  • Ilse
    Feb 16, 2016
    Christmas Eve, 2011. The foreboding sheen of a room filled with excited anticipation and beautiful glimmering presents piled up under the Christmas tree. This traditional family habit blending festive elation with infantile sibling jealousy and rivalry ever fuels surreptitious refl...
  • Joe Valdez
    Aug 06, 2017
    This novel snaked through my filters--put in place to keep me from wasting time reading books I'll likely abandon and pin with one-star reviews I really don't like to give--due to the following: 1. Unanimously positive critical reviews 2. Promise of electrifying writing or storytel...
  • Hugh
    May 01, 2017
    I have just been reading through a lot of friend reviews of this book, which made me realise that everything I wanted to say has already been said more eloquently, so I'll try to keep this one fairly short. I found this a very enjoyable read, and unusually consistent given the prem...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 04, 2016
    It took a chapter or two for me to hit a groove with Goon Squad and from there I was hooked. It was definitely an interesting ride through time with evolving and changing narrators - a literary puzzle which sort of comes together at the end. I did feel like I would like to have been at...