Viewport width =
May 30, 2011 | by  | in Books |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

Jennifer Egan – A Visit From the Goon Squad

If you’ve ever taken pen to paper, you’ll know that writing a good story is extremely hard work. This being true, crafting 13 separate tales with vast stylistic differences and unconnected narratives, and managing to weave them all together into a effective whole—not simply coherent but creating through them a world that’s intricate, vibrantly alive and deeply funny—can be regarded as nothing less than a masterpiece. Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad is just that; a witty, powerful work following the lives of a varied array of characters, roughly centred around Bennie Salazar, who is (when we first meet him) the bass player and manager for the San Fransisco punk band ‘the Flaming Dildos’.

The chapters, which could easily pass as stand-alone stories, vary widely in style easy reach. And that’s why I love and content—represented amongst them are the There’s something for everyone. struggles of a jealous young lover, written entirely in the second person, a therapist’s appointment with a kleptomaniac, a rock concert in a dystopian New York Unity.

City and a celebrity column detailing the columnist’s attempted rape of a young actress, written in a polished imitation of David Foster Wallace. Throughout the novel, Egan shines for her versatility, it taking a prodigious talent to give such justice to these diverse styles.

Beyond this, there’s another thing deserving special mention. This book contains the most emotionally powerful and structurally brilliant powerpoint presentation I have ever seen. It’s been hailed as revolutionary, a stunning subversion of traditional literary style. That description is accurate, every gram of its thunderous praise earned. A Visit From the Goon Squad is a fantastic, engaging read, and well deserv*es the Pulitzer Prize it won. Highly recommended.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments (1)

Trackback URL / Comments RSS Feed

  1. Tuesday says:

    A bit surprised it seems to simple and yet uesufl.

Recent posts

  1. Women
  2. Sick as Poetry
  3. You are not alone
  4. Being Non-Binary
  5. Notes About My Father
  6. Finishing in White
  7. Te Puni maintenance portal turns into giant black hole
  8. People noticed Re-OWeek this year
  9. NZIFF hits Wellington
  10. Nicola Young “gets stuff done”—Election coverage part II
bird-1

Editor's Pick

Hera Lindsay Bird

: It’s subversive, wry, and more than a little bit vulgar—in short, the things that make modern poetry fresh and exciting.

Viewport width =