A Visit from the Goon Squad got me excited about reading again. When I was a librarian, I easily read a book a week. Those were the good ol’ days. Nowadays, I’m lucky to read one a month. The major theme of Goon Squad is the disenchanted American life, family, fading memories, and community as Egan presents characters in different points in their lives. One of my favorite chapters is a book report written by one of the teenage characters in the form of a PPT. It so well exemplifies how our thought processes are evolving and comments on what I believe will be our future writing style. It reminds me of the shift from the wordiness of romanticism to the concise diction of modernism. I also really like post-modern literature because it’s fun to put the plot together from its disjointedness when the book is over.
Seriously, I'm like everyone else right now. Couldn't put it down. All that I did the last weekend of spring break was blaze through this book. I can't help but think that this could be considered a treatment of how the United States has historicaally treated various immigrant groups as they are often pigeon-holed into a certain profession much like the different districts and forced to "fight it out" among the various other groups for economic survival.