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WORTHY OF A PULITZER????,
This review is from: A Visit From the Goon Squad (Paperback)If you were a child of the sixties who (1) can relate to dirty old men who "stay young" by seducing teen-aged girls, (2) were part of the rock and roll scene, (3) enjoyed experimenting with sex and drugs, (4) worshipped at the Hollywood alter of youth and beauty, (5) were a girl (or guy) with a galloping case of acne, (6) believed that sprinkling gold flecks in your coffee somehow improved your sexual performance, or (7) believe that the world of tomorrow will be filled with adults who cannot spell or write a complete sentence because of "texting and technology", you will LOVE Ms. Egan's re-imagining of events in A VISIT FROM THE GOOD SQUAD . Unfortunately, this reader did not experience the blush of love......in fact it was almost a chore to reach a state of MILD INFATUATION.
The "goon" in this squad is good old Father Time and he is wreaking havoc on all Ms. Egan's evocative players, who are prone to self-deception and whose personal lives and choices are nothing short of a train wreck. She leaves no detail unexamined but for the sake of continuity and clarity, I wish she had. Those who prefer a linear storyline may be disappointed by the observations and ramblings of the various narrators who are frequently annoying. Many of the characters are neither likeable nor particularly sympathetic even when you've grasped the extent of the trauma in their respective lives.
While each chapter of GOON SQUAD tells a story that is cohesive in itself, the book as a whole is related in disjointed chapters with the action flowing back and forth in time and with relationships so inter-woven between the chapters it requires the reader to create a scorecard in order to keep track of all the players and how their lives are connected. I am still trying to ascertain if A Visit from The Goon Squad is filled with penetrating and complex situations designed to make the reader think..........or is it merely the authors sly way of testing her readers short term memory retention for signs of "the goon".
A truly great story requires a linchpin to keep the wheels secured and the vehicle steady and on course. The GOON SQUAD wobbles precariously in places and is just moderately successful in getting the reader to the end of the story. Is "moderately successful" worthy of a Pulitzer Prize? You be the judge.