CURRENT BOOK:  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

After quite a pleasant long weekend, it has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week involving doctor’s appointments, overtime, and last-minute drudgery overload at work.  The icing on the cake was a power outage yesterday evening which began the moment I pulled into the driveway and prevented me from finally decompressing with my Friday night pizza and movie.  Cue the meltdown.

In any case, I’m still blogging about the books I read while I was on vacation.  Pardon if the tone is off since my mood still hasn’t rebounded to the status quo.

The second book I from vacation was the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  Although it started out with an interesting scene involving a kleptomaniac, this was yet another novel that I had a hard time getting into as much as I had hoped.  It jumped around in time and between the characters, which made it difficult to follow even for someone who earned an English degree with honors.  The most engaging section was the one written as a series of flow charts by the one character’s daughter.  Seriously, FLOW CHARTS?  And that was the part I enjoyed the most.

I also had a hard time finding a theme except for, “Time marches on” and “Getting old sucks.”  Not exactly what I need to hear right now!  I didn’t pick up on a strong theme regarding women.

So far the list doesn’t have the greatest track record as far as novels go.  While I suppose it’s a good thing to broaden my horizons as far as the books I read, after this project is over I’m going straight back to my crime novels and never reading anything that’s supposed to have any sort of substance…for about the next 40 years!


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