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A Visit from the Goon Squad
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November 1, 2010
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December 31, 2010

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Carly Svamvour
I've listened to some of it this morning. Dunno how I feel really - I think it's because, being a child of the 50's and 60's, I don't really identify with punk rockers.

But ... I'll listen to a little more and see how I feel. I've seen this book show up a lot here at GR and expected to be 'really grabbed'.


Now, I've two parts left - and feel kinda silly - I've spilled my guts about how I didn't like it but now find myself having actually liked some parts.

Maybe it's just one of those
Diane S.
I really tried and at one point (chapter 6) I actually thought I might end up liking the book, but I didn't. Did not at all like the characters or the story, I just plain didn't care. I gave it three stars because it is original and has a unique structure but I just don't understand why everyone seems to be raving about this book.
This book was between one and two stars for me. There were elements of the book that I found enjoyable, but overall, I just did not like this book. I thought the gimmicks were over the top. This is less a novel, and more a series of short stories about characters who I didn't care much about. I understand some of the positive reviews. Jennifer Egan does employ some creative literary techniques. After a while though, I found these techniques to be annoying and too much to put up with. Why was the ...more
I enjoyed the book but it left mer somewhat confused and hanging. I wouldn't be tempted to read it a second time.
A Pulitzer Prize winning book, but I'm not really feeling the love for this one.

It was interesting the way the author was able to make connections between characters and create an ever-shifting narrative both with different points of view and different time periods in each chapter. But I didn't really like any of the characters or feel any connection with them. I think I prefer something that has more of an actual story line. This was a book that had a message, something to say, but unfortunate
This one won the Pullitzer this year, but I just didn't get it.
A really enjoyable read; very original and entertaining. This was really more of a collection of stories than a novel to me. Everything was connected, but across time and different viewpoints. However, it was still very coherent, with a common thread running throughout the chapters that tightly wove the stories together. Egan did a really job in portraying the various characters' foibles and traits. A solid 4* read.
I got a little switched up with the abrupt story changes, but overall a good read.
Breathtaking. I don't have the words to describe how much I enjoyed this book.

Five very enthusiastic stars.
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Amanda A
Oct 31, 2012 Amanda A marked it as check-out-from-library  ·  review of another edition
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Mackenzie Stanley
May 24, 2011 Mackenzie Stanley marked it as to-read
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