A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Review

A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Review

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad is a novel that makes it sound more like an episode. Each chapter is narrated from different character’s perspective making it a bit difficult to read initially.  However, the loosely interconnected characters through stories depict the different angles of people’s lives.  Simply Goon Squad is a novel about lives.  It’s a breathtaking novel where the story unfolds stories. Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad won Pulitzer Prize for the beautiful work in it.

A Visit from the Goon Squad typically opens with Sasha and Bennie Salazar.  Including the unique concept that you can rarely find in others’ books; continuing the story through numerous characters that are related to them. The story plot covers the time interval from between the late 1970s to the 2020s. Overall the world in the story is based on the term ‘KNOW’ simply making us realized about what people used to be before are not the same now.  Egan has cleverly created the book dealing with the different aspects of life including the interplay of time and music, survival, stirrings, technology, and many more.

Most of the people have presented critical reviews as the organizing pattern and principle of A Visit from the Goon Squad book is discontinuous.  However one will realize it’s a page-turner if they can cope with the continuity Egan has created; her atomized characters collide, scatter and recombine in a way that is less in chaos than it appears.

The story takes-off with Bennie Salazer’s tale who is the former owner of a record label. He is also divorced with a young son. Bennie eventually gets panic attacks for which he drinks coffee with flakes of gold in it.  Salazer believes he is in love with his assistant Sasha who turns out to be confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal for which she is fired later by Salazer. Bennie’s story is based in San Francisco in 1979. He along with his friends; Scotty, Rhea, Alice, and Jocelyn are in a punk band. Their band gets a break from Lou Kline; a record producer who is immoral always throwing parties, taking drugs and seducing the young girls.

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As Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad misses chronology however gives a sense that each character in different stories seems to be seeking redemption and for that they have gone as far as they could go. Egan has beautifully portrayed the rapid changing world of social media; how social media has affected the music business, public relations in general, and our language and culture.  You can access this Pulitzer Prize winner ebook from the Amazon.com. Get A Visit from the Goon Squad book pdf by purchasing it through the link below.