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Sunday, 18 July 2010

A Visit From the Goon Squad


I have to be honest. I am not crazy about this book cover. But after hearing quite a few wonderful things said and written about Egan's newest book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, I decided to pick it up and give it an earnest reading. I finished the book within two days, completely engaged in the entangled and nonlinear story.

A Visit From the Goon Squad starts out with a woman on an drab first date, who then proceeds, in search of excitement, to mischievously steal a wallet from a fellow patron in the ladies restroom. Each following chapter takes the perspective of a character slightly related to a previously introduced character, going forwards and backwards in time. Once you start to get attached to one character, Egan quickly jumps to another, unwilling to let you get comfortable and settled in any one story.

This novel cannot be summarized by a single plot description, but relies on moments and memories viewed through varying perspectives and contexts.
A satisfying and engaging read!

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