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A Visit From the Goon Squad (English Edition) von [Egan, Jennifer]

A Visit From the Goon Squad (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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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

Pressestimmen

"Pitch perfect. . . . Darkly, rippingly funny. . . . Egan possesses a satirist's eye and a romance novelist's heart."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"At once intellectually stimulating and moving. . . . Like a masterful album, this one demands a replay."
--"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"A new classic of American fiction."
--"Time"
"Audacious, extraordinary."
--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"A spiky, shape-shifting new book. . . . A display of Egan's extreme virtuosity."
--"The New York Times"
"Wildly ambitious. . . . A tour de force. . . . Music is both subject and metaphor as Egan explores the mutability of time, destiny, and individual accountability post-technology."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"The smartest book you can get your hands on."
--"Los Angeles Times"
"A rich and unforgettable novel about decay and endurance, about individuals in a world as it changes around them. . . . [Egan] is one of the most talen


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4569 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Corsair; Auflage: First Edition (17. März 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1780330960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780330969
  • ASIN: B004Q3QRWC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen 19 Kundenrezensionen
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Worum geht es in "A Visit from the Goon Squad"? Schwer zu sagen, denn es ist kein Roman im klassischen Sinne. Es gibt keinen erkennbaren roten Faden, der sich durch die Handlung zieht, keine Chronologie der Ereignisse. Stattdessen erzählt jedes der Kapitel eine (mehr oder weniger) in sich abgeschlossene eigene Geschichte. Jede Erzählperspektive kommt nur ein einziges Mal vor, jede einzelne Figur tritt nur einmal in den Vordergrund. Danach taucht sie entweder gar nicht mehr auf oder nur als Nebenfigur am Rande. Wenn es Hauptfiguren gibt, dann sind es wohl der Musikproduzent Bennie Salazar und Sasha, seine kleptomanische Assistentin. Beide stehen zwar auch jeweils nur einmal im Mittelpunkt, aber alle anderen Erzähler sind auf irgendeine Weise mit ihnen verbunden, einige sehr eng, andere nur über mehrere Ecken.

Die Erzählweise hat mich anfangs ziemlich irritiert, und ich war mehr als einmal in Versuchung, das Buch wieder wegzulegen. Ich bin kein großer Fan von Kurzgeschichten, und genau daran haben mich die ersten Kapitel erinnert.

Im Nachhinein bin ich froh, dass ich durchgehalten und weitergelesen habe, denn irgendwann hatte ich mich an die Struktur gewöhnt und die Geschichten haben mich doch in ihren Bann gezogen. Das liegt wohl vor allem an Egans bemerkenswertem Talent, eine Figur in nur wenigen Seiten wirklich lebendig werden zu lassen. Obwohl man jeden der Charaktere nur kurz kennenlernt, bekommt man ein sehr rundes, ausgewogenes Bild von der Person.

Insgesamt ein Buch, das mich zu meiner eigenen Überraschung ziemlich beeindruckt hat. Es ist ungewöhnlich und exzellent geschrieben.
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This is a novel in 13 chapters, each of which forms its own short story. It deals with people in the music industry, most notably a woman called Sasha and her boss Benny Salazar. It spans a period of some 40 to 50 years, from the 1970s to the 2020s or 2030s - so, obviously, some of it is set in the future.

As I began reading, I grew fond of the character the first chapter centers on, Sasha, who works in the music industry and is struggling with her kleptomania. Going on reading, I found that none of the other chapters took up her perspective again.

I find this a difficult thing to deal with when I am reading a novel: I hate getting to know a character, beginning to feel for them and their conflicts, and then see them completely abandoned in later chapters. So, some pages into chapter 3 or 4, I found myself getting impatient, even angry at the author. I decided to give the book the benefit of the doubt (after all, it's a Pulitzer Prize winner!) and continued.

And I found myself rewarded. This book gets better with every chapter. While each of them tells the story from a different point of view, they all blend together and tell a fascinating story about people and their lives. We begin to learn more about Sasha - her adolescence, her experiences as a lost young woman, her way towards a little more happiness... We also learn more about the other characters and get to see what happens to them, where they came from etc.

The novel grew thus more and more fascinating the more I kept reading. Egan even dares to tell one of the chapters as a "slideshow diary" and it works.
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I have to admit, neither the title of this novel nor the product description initially sounded very appealing to me, and I bought the book mainly to find out why it had made the New York Times bestseller lists and won a Pulitzer Prize. I was not disappointed. What really makes this book special and fascinating is not so much the story itself, but the unique style in which it is written. Each chapter is narrated by a different character from their own perspective and is only loosely tied to the preceding and following chapters. The challenge for the reader is to figure out how these almost independent units link together, since the overlap in characters is often small and there is not always continuity in space and time. Overall, however, the units fit together cleverly to yield a detailed portrait of a group of people connected to the rock and roll music industry in New York and California, focusing on their everyday lives, their problems, their hopes and dreams. Reading this novel requires a certain amount of thought and attention to detail (especially to characters that seem minor at the time), but it is very rewarding and beautiful in the end.
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The phrase from a well known Pop Song might be a good description of possibly "the" main recurring motive which acts as link between the single chapters of the book.

I personally do not like to go into depth with the contents of a book in a review. Judging from the other reviews I strongly suspect the perceptions vary anyway as to what the book is about really.

The book does not offer a classic linear plot of any sort but rather several chapters which are, while being set in different places at different times around different people, more or less connected. The way the chapters are connected is generally very clever. If you read the book over some time (as I did) you may need to go back once or twice to grasp the connection.

I really liked the charakters descriptions and in general the rather witty observation of everyday social interaction and the psychological portrait of the protagonists (given the natural limitations due to the concept of the plot being split up in different semi-independant chapters).

The book in my opinion is weakest when looking into the future, giving us the hint of some doom and gloom and how we might interact (technically and socially). While of course this is not a science fiction novel and therefore maybe not even intends to give us any sort of in-depth idea of the future, the way you learn about the future is a bit confusing and remains shallow, although I'd like to think I understood what the author wanted to express here.

Otherwise the book is well crafted and I appreciate its style and language.

All in all for me "The Visit from the Goon Squad" is an interesting take on growing up and what it means to stay true to oneself and others over the course of time. Maybe not my favorite book or anything like that but very memorable in any case. I would advise it to anyone interested in modern english literature, who does not mind the slightly experimental (but interesting) concept.
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