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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
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Aug 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from August 16 to 22, 2012

This was the latest of several recent reads that included, at least peripherally, the notion of young people trying to change the world. I loved Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad (though I can't help appreciating my sister's characterization of it as a "pretend novel") and found it rewarding to read this earlier work and appreciate how much further she's already grown as a writer. Her style engages the reader even through occasional over-explaining, and by the mid-point of The Invisible Circus she mostly purges her tendency to take a paragraph one sentence past a more appropriate ending line. The portraits of several characters in their differing approaches to grief ring true, and there's enough honesty and heart even to allow readers to endure the 30 or so pages of soft-core pornography that lead up to the climax (pun not intended). This is a nice introduction to Egan's work, but nowhere near the heights she's already reached.

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