A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-06-08
ISBN 10: 9780307593627
ISBN 13: 0307593622
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Review:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER National Book Critics Circle Award Winner PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist A New York Times Book Review Best Book One of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village Voice Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

A Visit From the Goon Squad

A Visit From the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2011-03-17
ISBN 10: 1849017409
ISBN 13: 9781849017404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Visit From the Goon Squad Book Review:

Jennifer Egan's spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing 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 intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist's couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life-divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed up band in the basement of a suburban house-and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, revelling in San Francisco's punk scene as he discovers his ardour for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang-who thrived and who faltered-and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie's catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou's far flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to Powerpoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both-and escape the merciless progress of time-in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0307592839
ISBN 13: 9780307592835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Review:

Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future. By the National Book Award-nominated author of Look at Me.

Look at Me

Look at Me
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2009-12-23
ISBN 10: 1400033276
ISBN 13: 9781400033270
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Look at Me Book Review:

A National Book Award Finalist In this ambitiously multilayered novel from the acclaimed and award-winning writer Jennifer Egan, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable, a virtual stranger in the world she once effortlessly occupied. With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image. There’s a deceptively plain teenaged girl embarking on a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger who changes names and accents as he prepares an apocalyptic blow against American society. As these narratives inexorably converge, Look at Me becomes a coolly mesmerizing intellectual thriller of identity and imposture.

Black Box

Black Box
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2012-09-06
ISBN 10: 1472102819
ISBN 13: 9781472102812
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Box Book Review:

'Close your eyes and slowly count backward from ten.' America, the near future. A young spy on a mission logs her observations. The result is an intense thriller, and a minute dissection of the experience of a woman whose beauty is also her camouflage, for whom control relies on submission: a woman whose success - whose life - depends on being seen and not seen. Originally published online via Twitter by @NYerFiction, Jennifer Egan's first new fiction since the phenomenal success of A Visit From the Goon Squad is a taut, compulsive work of unrelenting genius.

The Keep

The Keep
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2007-07-10
ISBN 10: 9780307386618
ISBN 13: 0307386619
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Keep Book Review:

Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep –the tower, the last stand –is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive. Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2017-10-03
ISBN 10: 150118377X
ISBN 13: 9781501183775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Manhattan Beach Book Review:

* Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction * Winner of the New York City Book Award * New York Times Bestseller * A San Francisco Chronicle Top 10 Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2017 * A Time magazine and USA Today Top 10 Novel of 2017 * Winner of the Booklist Top of the List for Fiction * Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction * Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Guardian, Vogue, Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, Philadelphia Inquirer, BookPage, Bustle, Southern Living, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Immensely satisfying…an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…Egan is masterly at displaying mastery…she works a formidable kind of magic.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. ‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. “A magnificent achievement, at once a suspenseful noir intrigue and a transporting work of lyrical beauty and emotional heft” (The Boston Globe), “Egan’s first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you’re reading historical fiction at all” (Elle). Manhattan Beach takes us into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men in a dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.

The Invisible Circus

The Invisible Circus
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2012-04-19
ISBN 10: 1780332165
ISBN 13: 9781780332161
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Invisible Circus Book Review:

In Jennifer Egan's highly acclaimed first novel, set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O'Connor, age eighteen. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation. This spellbinding novel introduced Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.

The Intermediality of Narrative Literature

The Intermediality of Narrative Literature
Author: Jørgen Bruhn
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 134
Release: 2016-06-29
ISBN 10: 1137578416
ISBN 13: 9781137578419
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Intermediality of Narrative Literature Book Review:

This book argues that narrative literature very often, if not always, include significant amounts of what appears to be extra-literary material – in form and in content – and that we too often ignore this dimension of literature. It offers an up to date overview and discussion of intermedial theory, and it facilitates a much-needed dialogue between the burgeoning field of intermedial studies on the one side and the already well-developed methods of literary analysis on the other. The book aims at working these two fields together into a productive working method. It makes evident, in a methodologically succinct way, the necessity of approaching literature with an intermedial terminology by way of a relatively simple but never the less productive three-step analytic method. In four in-depth case studies of Anglophone texts ranging from Nabokov, Chandler and Tobias Wolff to Jennifer Egan, it demonstrates that medialities matter.

American Short Story Cycle

American Short Story Cycle
Author: Jennifer J. Smith
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-10-31
ISBN 10: 1474423949
ISBN 13: 9781474423946
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Short Story Cycle Book Review:

A critical overview of the USA efforts to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons, from the 1970s to 2015

The Distance Home

The Distance Home
Author: Paula Saunders
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-08-07
ISBN 10: 0525508759
ISBN 13: 9780525508755
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Distance Home Book Review:

“[Paula] Saunders skillfully illuminates how time heals certain wounds while deepening others. . . . A mediation of the violence of American ambition.”—The New York Times Book Review NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE “A deeply involving portrait of the American postwar family” (Jennifer Egan) about sibling rivalry, dark secrets, and a young girl’s struggle with freedom and artistic desire In the years after World War II, the bleak yet beautiful plains of South Dakota still embody all the contradictions—the ruggedness and the promise—of the old frontier. This is a place where you can eat strawberries from wild vines, where lightning reveals a boundless horizon, where descendants of white settlers and native Indians continue to collide, and where, for most, there are limited options. René shares a home, a family, and a passion for dance with her older brother, Leon. Yet for all they have in common, their lives are on remarkably different paths. In contrast to René, a born spitfire, Leon is a gentle soul. The only boy in their ballet class, Leon silently endures often brutal teasing. Meanwhile, René excels at everything she touches, basking in the delighted gaze of their father, whom Leon seems to disappoint no matter how hard he tries. As the years pass, René and Leon’s parents fight with increasing frequency—and ferocity. Their father—a cattle broker—spends more time on the road, his sporadic homecomings both yearned for and dreaded by the children. And as René and Leon grow up, they grow apart. They grasp whatever they can to stay afloat—a word of praise, a grandmother’s outstretched hand, the seductive attention of a stranger—as René works to save herself, crossing the border into a larger, more hopeful world, while Leon embarks on a path of despair and self-destruction. Tender, searing, and unforgettable, The Distance Home is a profoundly American story spanning decades—a tale of haves and have-nots, of how our ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, lead us inevitably into various problems with empathy and caring for one another. It’s a portrait of beauty and brutality in which the author’s compassionate narration allows us to sympathize, in turn, with everyone involved. “A riveting family saga for the ages . . . one of the best books I’ve read in years.”—Mary Karr “Saunders’ debut is an exquisite, searing portrait of family and of people coping with whatever life throws at them while trying to keep close to one another.”—Booklist (starred review)

Emerald City and Other Stories

Emerald City and Other Stories
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2012-01-19
ISBN 10: 1780334648
ISBN 13: 9781780334646
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Emerald City and Other Stories Book Review:

These eleven masterful stories - the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan - deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan's characters, models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls, are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience. They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City are seamless evocations of self-discovery.

The Composite Novel

The Composite Novel
Author: Maggie Dunn,Ann R. Morris
Publsiher: Macmillan Reference USA
Total Pages: 192
Release: 1995
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015034437346
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Composite Novel Book Review:

This groundbreaking study is the first to propose and support a comprehensive theory of genre for composite literary texts. Though recent criticism has used the term "short story cycle" to categorize such classic works as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, until now no such name has been found to account adequately for other composite works such as William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses or Jean Toomer's Cane. A composite novel, the authors persuasively argue, is a literary work composed of shorter texts that - though individually complete and autonomous - are interrelated in a coherent whole according to one or more organizing principles. The authors trace the 200-year history of the form, from its beginnings in the village-sketch tradition of the early nineteenth century through the experimental works of contemporary writers. With its focus on both classic and contemporary texts, The Composite Novel provides an inclusive, multinational, and multicultural perspective that demonstrates the diversity of this long-misunderstood genre. A flexible form that welcomes multiple perspectives, the composite novel has had great appeal to writers from marginalized groups. In particular, Dunn and Morris assert the pivotal role of nineteenth-century women writers in shaping the composite novel, in sharp contrast to the linear narratives popularized by their better-known male counterparts. To support their argument, the authors provide a bibliographic essay that traces the history of criticism on the composite novel, reflecting the puzzle that the genre posed to previous scholars. A chronological list of major composite novels and their precursors, as well as an annotated list of selected works especially representative of the genre, rounds out the study. With this comprehensive work, the composite novel receives its due as a rich and flexible genre, producing literary masterpieces that expand the limits of literature.

Undermajordomo Minor

Undermajordomo Minor
Author: Patrick deWitt
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-09-05
ISBN 10: 1770894152
ISBN 13: 9781770894150
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Undermajordomo Minor Book Review:

On the The Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 Longlist A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners. Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbours many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux. In the local village, he also encounters thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty whose love he must compete for with the exceptionally handsome partisan soldier, Adolphus. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder. Undermajordomo Minor is a triumphant ink-black comedy of manners by the Governor General’s Award–winning author of The Sisters Brothers. It is an adventure, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour, but above all it is a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

The Literature of Reconstruction

The Literature of Reconstruction
Author: Wolfgang Funk
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN 10: 1501306170
ISBN 13: 9781501306174
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Literature of Reconstruction Book Review:

Winner of the 2016 ESSE Junior Scholar Book Award in Literatures in the English Language The Literature of Reconstruction argues for the term and concept of 'postmillennial reconstruction' to fill the gap left by the decline of postmodernism and deconstruction as useful cultural and literary categories. Wolfgang Funk shows how this notion emerges from the theoretical and philosophical development that led to the demise of postmodernism by relating it to the idea of 'authenticity': immediate experience that eludes direct representation. In addition, he provides a clear formal framework with which to identify and classify the features of 'reconstructive literature' by updating the narratological category of 'metafiction', originally established in the 1980s. Based on Werner Wolf's observation of a 'metareferential turn' in contemporary arts and media, he illustrates how the specific use of metareference results in a renegotiation of the specific patterns of literary communication and claims that this renegotiation can be profitably described with the concept of 'reconstruction'. To substantiate this claim, in the second half of the book Funk discusses narrative texts that illustrate this transition from postmodern deconstruction to postmillennial reconstruction. The analyses take in distinguished and prize-winning writers such as Dave Eggers, Julian Barnes, Jennifer Egan and Jasper Fforde. The broad scope of authors, featuring writers from the US as well as the UK, underlines the fact that the reconstructive tendencies and strategies Funk diagnoses are of universal significance for the intellectual and cultural self-image of the global North.

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra Book Analysis

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Publsiher: BrightSummaries.com
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2018-02-07
ISBN 10: 2808007299
ISBN 13: 9782808007290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra Book Analysis Book Review:

Unlock the more straightforward side of The Attack with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Attack by Yasmina Khadra, which tells the story of Amin Jaafari, a Palestinian surgeon whose life falls apart in the wake of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv as he comes to realise that the terrorist was none other than his beloved wife. His resulting quest to uncover the truth raises thought-provoking questions about identity, ideology and the value of an individual’s life. Yasmina Khadra is the pen-name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, a former officer in the Algerian army who retired to France to pursue an award-winning literary career. Find out everything you need to know about The Attack in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

The Tribe of Pyn

The Tribe of Pyn
Author: David Cowart
Publsiher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2015-12-02
ISBN 10: 0472052888
ISBN 13: 9780472052882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tribe of Pyn Book Review:

In The Tribe of Pyn, Cowart offers illuminating readings of several important novelists now at the height of their powers, whose work has received fairly limited scholarly attention thus far. Jonathan Franzen, Alice Walker, David Foster Wallace, Gloria Naylor, Richard Powers, and a raft of others are examined with lapidary care. Wrestling with the challenges inherent to distinguishing generational character (especially in the postmodern context, which is often marked by its disavowal of ideas of origin, etc.), Cowart teases out interactions and entanglements that help illuminate the work of the younger writers at the center of this study and also that of the trailblazers on its ragged frontiers. By comparing literary figures born in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and later with those born in the 1920s and 1930s, Cowart seeks to map the changing terrain of contemporary letters. Hardly epigones, he argues, the younger writers add fresh inflections to the grammar of literary postmodernism. Younger writers can continue to “make it new,” Cowart establishes, without needing to dismantle the aesthetic they have inherited from a parental generation.

Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction

Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction
Author: Chloe Harrison
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2017-05-24
ISBN 10: 9027265569
ISBN 13: 9789027265562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction Book Review:

This book proposes an extension of Cognitive Grammar (Langacker 1987, 1991, 2008) towards a cognitive discourse grammar, through the unique environment that literary stylistic application offers. Drawing upon contemporary research in cognitive stylistics (Text World Theory, deixis and mind-modelling, amongst others), the volume scales up central Cognitive Grammar concepts (such as construal, grounding, the reference point model and action chains) in order to explore the attenuation of experience – and how it is simulated – in literary reading. In particular, it considers a range of contemporary texts by Neil Gaiman, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Ian McEwan and Paul Auster. This application builds upon previous work that adopts Cognitive Grammar for literary analysis and provides the first extended account of Cognitive Grammar in contemporary fiction.

A Visit from St Nicholas

A Visit from St  Nicholas
Author: Clement Clarke Moore
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 16
Release: 1849
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015082862585
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Visit from St Nicholas Book Review:

Sophie s World

Sophie s World
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2007-03-20
ISBN 10: 1466804270
ISBN 13: 9781466804272
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sophie s World Book Review:

One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.