A Visit From The Goon Squad
A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other... show more
A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs.
Publish date: March 1st 2011
Pages no: 349
Edition language: English
At first, I was into it. The characters were interesting, had cool jobs and slick lives, but were relatably and sympathetically troubled. Then each chapter brought a new character, and it was a little hard to keep track of at first but I got the hang of it and still wanted to keep going. I apprecia...
This collection of linked short stories centers on Benny, a record executive, and his assistant, Sasha.The writing is poetic, and it’s worth reading just for that, but the stories themselves are . . . "meh." They all melted together in my mind because they felt very repetitive: music, drug use, sex,...
Once again,my severe short story allergy continues to drag down my opinion of probably-excellent work. Sure, this was a beautifully written, exciting, intriguing meditation on music & aging... until the story ends and I have to transition bumpily to the next.
I took this book on what turned out to be a very distracting trip and kept feeling as if the characters were slipping out of my grasp. So I managed a second read (ideally I'd do this for almost every book) which turned out to be richly rewarding.The inter-relationships of the characters and how even...
Not a bad book. It's written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. But it is so depressing. Too many interwoven stories. Too many damaged people. Nobody is normal or happy in this book. They either take drugs, took drugs, are suffering from impotence or killing themselves etc. I stop, because I am...
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