“Time is a goon.”
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan was extremely impressive. Egan’s prose had me hanging on her every word from the beginning.
The novel tells the story of Bennie, a middle-aged former punk rocker and big-shot record executive, and Sasha, his assistant. Through the inner lives of other characters, Egan tells the stories of their past and present. She effectively interweaves music and technology as themes throughout, creating an accurate lens through which to view modern life.
Egan also has a way of making the aging process, the passage of time and nostalgia beautifully
tragic; I felt an aching for the 80s and for who the characters once were, yet the book pretty much comes around full circle so that in a way, you’re right back to where you started even though years have passed. There is beauty in redemption as well.
“I think, The world is actually huge. That’s the part no one can really explain.”