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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, books-read-2011
Read in August, 2011 — I own a copy

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a collection of little stories where people inter-mingle and come in contact with each other while being connected to an aging music producer, Bennie. The stories alternate between the past and the present with Bennie's assistant, and other individuals that are on the path to self-destruction. It's a sad story of individuals aging while not accomplishing what they set out to do early on in their lives. While the story is a little depressing, it is also a story of hope and courage to finally be something and accomplish the final reward of believing in and liking yourself. Ms. Egan refers to "time" as being a "goon"...meaning that "time" steals everyone's youth, innocence and success. And, when you look at it, it's so true...time goes by whether you are beautiful or ugly, rich or poor, happy or sad, and you do not have a choice...and, most of the time, you wonder where all the years have gone. Did you accomplish what you set out to do sometime during your life? Are you happy with your life? Are there things that you wish you could have done differently? These are the questions that most people ask themselves later in life. Do you love your life and the individual who you have become? That is the $1000 question! A novel full of promise and bravery to experience what life throws at you. A novel not to be missed!

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Jennifer Egan
“We stand there, quiet. My questions all seem wrong: How did you get so old? Was it all at once, in a day, or did you peter out bit by bit? When did you stop having parties? Did everyone else get old too, or was it just you? Are other people still here, hiding in the palm trees or holding their breath underwater? When did you last swim your laps? Do your bones hurt? Did you know this was coming and hide that you knew, or did it ambush you from behind?”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan
“The pause makes you think the song will end. And then the song isn't really over, so you're relieved. But then the song does actually end, because every song ends, obviously, and THAT. TIME. THE. END. IS. FOR. REAL.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

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