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A Visit From the Goon Squad Paperback – 20 November 2006

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  • Publisher : Corsair; 1st edition (20 November 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1780330960
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1780330969
  • Dimensions : 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 1,658 ratings

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A must read. Irresistible. Fiction of the highest quality. ― Sunday Times.

It may be the smartest book you can get your hands on this summer. ― Los Angeles Times

Exhilirating...arresting...brilliant. Turn up the music...and curl up with The Goon Squad. ― Washington Post

A great work of fiction, a profound and glorious exploration of the fullness and complexity of the human condition. . . . An extraordinary new work of fiction.

The New York Press

Egan's precise, calm underwater prose is a persistent pleasure. ― Daily Telegraph.

A delight. ― The Observer.

A Visit from the Goon Squad [is] an exhilarating, big-hearted, three-headed beast of a story. . . . [A] genius as a writer. . . . We see ourselves in all of Egan's characters because their stories of heartbreak and redemption seem so real they could be our own, regardless of the soundtrack. Such is the stuff great novels are made of. ― Marie-Claire

Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking. . . . It features characters about whom you come to care deeply as you watch them doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, infuriatingly human. ― The Chicago Tribune

A rich and rewarding novel. ― Philadelphia Inquierer

"[Egan is] a boldly intellectual writer who is not afraid to apply her equally powerful intuitive skills to her ambitious projects. . . . While it's a time-trekking, tech-freakin' doozie, the characters' lives and fates claim the story first and foremost, and we are pulled right in. . . . Brilliantly structured, with storylike chapters." ― Elle

Jennifer Egan is a rare bird: an experimental writer with a deep commitment to character, whose fiction is at once intellectually stimulating and moving. . . . It's a tricky book, but in the best way. When I got to the end, I wanted to start from the top again immediately, both to revisit the characters and to understand better how the pieces fit together. Like a masterful album, this one demands a replay. ― The San Francisco Chronicle

The star-crossed marriage of lucid prose and expertly deployed postmodern switcheroos that helped shoot Egan to the top of the genre bending new school is alive and well in this graceful yet wild novel . . . powerful. ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sparkling. ― The Guardian

Egan is a writer of cunning subtlety, embedding within the risky endeavors of seductively complicated characters a curious bending of time . . . a hilarious melancholy, enrapturing, unnerving, and piercingly beautiful mosaic of a novel. -- Donna Seaman ― Booklist (starred review)

Poetry and pathos . . . Egan conveys personality so swiftly and with such empathy. . . . Yet she is not a conventional dystopian novelist; distinctions between the virtual and the real may be breaking down in this world, but her characters have recognizable emotions and convictions, which is why their compromises and uncertainties continue to move us. . . . Another ambitious change of pace from talented and visionary Egan, who reinvents the novel for the 21st century while affirming its historic values. ― Kirkus Review (starred review)

For all its postmodern flourishes, Goon Squad is as traditional as a Dickens novel. . . . Her aim is not so much to explode traditional storytelling as to explore how it responds to the pressures and opportunities of the digital age. Egan herself does not appear to be on Facebook, but A Visit From the Goon Squad will likely make her many new friends. ― Newsweek

A stunningly resourceful writer ― Guardian

Egan's a daunting stylist, and she's in blistering form for these interlocking narratives about the milieu surrounding an aging and waning music producer. Essentially, it's a story about getting mugged by the passage of time, and along the way she interrogates how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, and lifelong friendships fluctuate. You also might know this as the novel that has a chapter written in PowerPoint. Egan: unpredictable and, here, brilliant. ― Publisher's Weekly Books of the Year.

Thriftily evokes many disparate American lives in less than 300 pages, vividly showing how the virtues of the realist tradition - historical depth and strong point of view - can be combined with a modernist aesthetic of fragmentation and dissolution. -- Pankaj Mishra ― Guardian

An overlooked masterpiece. ― thisislondon.com

If you're going to read one new novel this summer, it should be this. ― Evening Standard

Warm, witty and wise. ― Sunday Express

Wickedly funny. ― Harper's Bazaar

Stunningly good. ― Evening Standard

Stories that defy narrative conventions. ― Financial Times

Dazzling. ― Irish Times

Fiction of the highest quality. ― The Sunday Times

The coolest of summer's must-reads. ― The Lady

The most exciting novel I've read this year. ― Olivia Laing, Observer

You won't have read anything quite like it before. ― Grazia

Review

A must read. Irresistible. Fiction of the highest quality. - Sunday Times.

It may be the smartest book you can get your hands on this summer. - Los Angeles Times

Exhilirating...arresting...brilliant. Turn up the music...and curl up with The Goon Squad. - Washington Post

A great work of fiction, a profound and glorious exploration of the fullness and complexity of the human condition. . . . An extraordinary new work of fiction.

- The New York Press

Egan's precise, calm underwater prose is a persistent pleasure. - Daily Telegraph.

A delight. - The Observer.

A Visit from the Goon Squad [is] an exhilarating, big-hearted, three-headed beast of a story. . . . [A] genius as a writer. . . . We see ourselves in all of Egan's characters because their stories of heartbreak and redemption seem so real they could be our own, regardless of the soundtrack. Such is the stuff great novels are made of. - Marie-Claire

Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking. . . . It features characters about whom you come to care deeply as you watch them doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, infuriatingly human. - The Chicago Tribune

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