Category Archives: Egan, Jennifer

Weekend Miscellany: Other People’s Points of View

I was a bit snarky about both A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Professor. Other people have read them quite differently–or at least more favorably. Here, for instance, is an excerpt from Olivia Laing’s recent review of The Professor in the Guardian: If the spleen only went one way this sort of thing […]

The Goon Squad visited; I was not at home.

What to do when you read a critically acclaimed, award-winning, highly successful and popular novel and are unmoved? That’s my problem on finishing Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Good Squad–finishing belatedly, because (and this is a symptom of my reading experience) I read the penultimate chapter (and I should say “read” the penultimate chapter, […]

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