Visit From Goon Squad

August 1, 2011 by staff 

Visit From Goon SquadVisit From Goon Squad, Vancouver Sun Club is discussing the book Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel a visit from the Goon Squad. The club will culminate in a live chat with the author on Friday, August 12 at noon. Everyone is invited to participate in the live chat, just go to the books

Ian Weir: Narrative pause, he seems to be a disturbing issue Goon Squad, which has to do with our movement – as individuals and as a society – into silence and disconnection. Autism Lincoln chapter PowerPoint mysteriously foreshadowed a reptile “cultural autism” in the final segment, which is a few years in the future. An emblem of this is when Alex and Lulu are texting each other, while face-to-face, as an alternative to having to deal with real emotions in real words. I laughed out loud when I read the passage – except it’s not really funny, right?

Julia Denholm, Ian thought that identifies the scene very funny. I text my children and friends rather than phone because it is faster and can most of us (so far) best to ignore the “blip” of a text message that the insistence of the phone “buzz” (or play My Sharona or whatever ringtone). In fact, I sent text messages from my room (the attic) when they are on the main floor. Late-OPhone cry!

Monique Trottier: The end of the novel presents an interesting perspective of a future where things have multiple layers so that at first seems dull, however, those in tune with the culture seem to be able to extract meaning from something as minimal as a text message. Not sure if this view suggests that the future will be more or less connected, more or less available to other, more or less present. The suggestion is that technology becomes an extension of us, allowing a more direct line access to our thoughts. The challenge is whether it will really be able to decipher the intent behind a text message more clearly than we can read body language and interpret the nuances of verbal conversation.

Wake Bev: I think it’s interesting that you say it is not clear whether this view suggests that the future will be more or less connected, available, present, and I agree with you on that point. We see characters connect and communicate more traditional chapters established in previous decades – in particular, and Jocelyn and Sasha Rea and his team in college – but what really connects more?

Rhea claims to have known and shared everything with Jocelyn Jocelyn until he met Lou – until he saw Dad Jocelyn outside a gay bar, realizing he was gay – but how much do you really share with others? One of the most disturbing moments in the book for me was when Lou had his arm around Rhea at the bar; Jocelyn was the practice of oral sex with him. You could feel how uncomfortable Rhea was confusing; however, the two girls to our knowledge never spoke of it. Then later, Jocelyn was gone, and were only able to reconnect years later, when Bennie located. On the computer. Similarly, Sasha and Drew lost touch and connect years later … through Facebook.

Sasha While children communicates differently, which may in fact have a better understanding of themselves than some of the characters in the previous chapters. Same with Lulu, who could share more than a text those others might say. It is a clear technology can bring people together and facilitate communication, but not as clear as we can change.

Our panel of this book club is: Daphne Wood, director of the Vancouver Public Library, development planning &; Julia Denholm, Langara English instructor, Sean Cranbury, founder of BooksOnTheRadio. Ca, Ian Weir, author of the novel by Daniel O’Thunder, Monique Trottier, Boxcar Marketing Director and founder of somisguided. Com, and The Vancouver Sun, Bev Wake, special projects editor, and Tracy Sherlock, book editor.

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