Sunday, January 22, 2012
A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize along with a long list of other prizes. It's about a plethora of people and how their lives are interconnected over many decades. So far the story line goes back and forth in time and I can't figure out exactly where the book is going because it's not sequential. I like books like this; where you aren't sure what's going to happen next. I know I am not going to give a good description of the book, so I am going to let the internet do that for me.
Here is the New York Times book review: nytimes
I did read that book reviewers have argued about whether or not the book is a novel or a collection of short stories. Each of the chapters could be read in any order. So far, I would characterize it as a novel because I think you need to have the previous chapter's information to really understand what's going on or who's who in the next chapter.
Read it and let me know what you think: Novel or collection of short stories?