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A Visit from the Goon Squad de Jennifer Egan
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A Visit from the Goon Squad (original: 2010; edição: 2011)

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.… (mais)
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Título:A Visit from the Goon Squad
Autores:Jennifer Egan (Autor)
Informação:Anchor (2011), Edition: 1, 352 pages
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Is it a novel? Short stories? A series of linked vignettes? A novel in stories? Does it matter? Not to me. Call it what you will, A Visit from the Goon Squad is an excellent reading experience. The goon squad of the title is time, and the chapters collectively tell a story of how time sometimes heals all wounds and sometimes ravages.

In 13 chapters, Egan gives us 13 characters, all of whom are linked to either Sasha or Bennie. In the first chapter, we are introduced to Sasha, the 20-something assistant to bennie, a music producer whose career may or may not be coming to an end. Bennie gets the next chapter, but at a very different time of his life. Rhea knew Bennie in high school, which is when she met Lou, who got Bennie started in the industry. And it goes on from there, with characters weaving in and out of each other's lives, and the story weaving back and forth in time.

I literally needed a map to keep everyone and their assorted connections straight in my head, but it was worth it. Give this book to fans of everything from David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas to The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. ( )
  mzonderm | Nov 9, 2021 |
Really excellent book. Egan can really write, and most especially she has a gift for characterization. Many well-defined characters weave into and out of each other's lives in the "novel" which is really a collection of interconnected short stories. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
This book deserves a mediocre rating, and a 2.5 star rating would have done it perfect justice.
It is not hard to pick out the starry pieces that made it into a NY Times Bestseller. For one, its narrative technique is innovative. It goes from flashbacks to flash-forwards. Sometimes telling the entire story of one family line in one paragraph. It is nice if you are reading the book in one sitting but you will lose track of the characters if you let go of the book for a longer period.

The story follows the lives of a group of aspiring rockers from their youth in the sixties right into the 2020s. It also narrates of peripheral and key persons in their lives. Each chapter is about a different character sometimes speaking in the first person, other times in the third person. There is barely time to build up rapport with the characters as they change, and the story is only about key events in their lives. What pushes them to the edge, what brings them back from the abyss, and ultimately the things that make people change the life-plan they had or thought they had.

What is bad about the book is that it loses credibility sometimes with its stereo-typing (The blue-hatted dictator is a caricature in the pure American style), then there are the far-fetched predictions of the future, which I found lame.
What appealed to me: Reading this in New York gave it an extra flavor because the places suddenly mean something to me. Also, there are the elements of middle-age, and old-age angst. The passage of a person from their youth where they used to be invincible, where everything seemed to be possible, into the disillusionment of a middle age that did not deliver much of a promise. The message of the book seems to be that regardless of the detours, slips and disappointments you experience in your life, given time, luck and some tenacity, there is always a chance to find that special moment of happiness when you transcend your less than spectacular life.

This message though may be lost to anyone getting caught up in the book's attempts to get clever, and the inevitable Americanizing of the world, where everything outside is merely rendered exotic or described in sterotype. There is also a whole chapter that is narrated by a 12-year old in visual slides, makes for an entertaining visual experience but can hardly be classified as literature.
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  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
fiction--intertwining lives that (mostly) pull through; drugs and unfortunate accidents and happy accidents and music, over many decades. I especially enjoyed the portrait drawn of Sasha's (frequently misunderstood but high-functioning) autistic son. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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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.
adicionado por souloftherose | editarThe Observer, Sarah Churchwell (Mar 13, 2011)
 
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.
adicionado por sduff222 | editarPublishers 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.
adicionado por zhejw | editarNew 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.
adicionado por zhejw | editarWashington Post, Ron Charles (Jun 16, 2010)
 

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