There’s a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours – days, if I have to.
I finished reading A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan on the morning of New Year’s Eve. Thank goodness I did because it meant that this book could be the best book I read in 2012. Last year was not a good year for me and novels. It was looking quite hopeless in terms of having a favourite book for a long while there. Egan’s book is filled with wonderful, wonderful lines (especially ones that sound exactly like Twitter) and I thoroughly enjoyed the character studies. I love this book and Egan is my latest favourite author find, I think, but I have one teeny tiny complaint and that is that like Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom it is trying to be a zeitgeist novel and that’s a big ambition for a reader to take on. (I personally prefer when Franzen went intimate, like with The Corrections or even when he wrote something much cleverer than I think he knew he was writing, like with The Twenty-Seventh City). Anyway, A Visit From the Goon Squad was very satisfying.. have you read it and if so, what did you think?
P.S. Notice how I have been mostly too lazy even for my lazy blogging idea these holidays?