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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Jun 20, 2010

Read in August, 2011

Much good has been written about Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, all well deserved. I was mostly struck by how what isn't said in this book is what links it together in the most fascinating ways, and how structure directly informs on story. I finally saw the musical WICKED last night, and thoroughly enjoyed the references to DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ, as well as the deeper story of character change and subtle references to racism and isolation. Again, much is unsaid, but the references are there, and those references are what connect the story into a larger whole, one that we, because of our ability to make those unseen connections happen through those references, relish all the more for our participation in it. This is rich reading, thoroughly enjoyable, smart beyond the usual for its structural risks.

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