Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jennifer Egan's Style

Jennifer Egan is the author of "A Visit From the Goon Squad." Egan's writing style is much different then any other book. She uses two very interesting writing techniques. Her first technique uses the characters perspective in a scene, as well as how the character feels about what occurred during the scene. These parts of the character are simultaneous in the story and this style gives the reader many views of what has occurred. Also Egan skips around each chapter to a new character, that connects to the character of one of the previous chapters. One chapter may be a character in their late forties, while the next is a different character with the character from the previous chapter in their teens. Her whole book is a telling of many different aspects of a group of connected characters. Her writing style is very cool, however I do not believe that it goes well with the book.

The writing style Egan uses is very original. Receiving many aspects of one story is great for the reader. In this story, however, the style does not make the book more entertaining to read. Each individual story has a loose series of events, that involve an unentertaining plot. Each story retells an act that occurred, however many of the plots are not very interesting. Also, because the book continuously skips around through time and the characters, there is never a climax. Climaxes are one of the most exciting parts of a story, however in this book there are very few.

Of course not all of the stories are uninteresting. The few stories that are interesting are "Found Objects," "Ask Me if I Care," and "Selling the General."For these stories, the style of writing works fantastically with the interesting plot. Sadly, for the rest of the stories the style of writing adds to the already dull plot. Jennifer Egan has created a fantastic writing style, and used in the right way it can be extraordinary, but in "A Visit From the Goon Squad" it is not used right. I believe that this writing style best fits with a story where all the characters and individual stories connect to tell and explain one major event. A great example of this is in the movie "Vantage Point" This movie uses Egan's ideas to the full potential of what they can do.


  1. I can agree with you when you say there aren't many parts that seem exciting. However, I do like how she portrays the many aspects of the different characters.

  2. Yah i feel you, the book isn't as exciting as i was hoping for. Im not entirely a fan of the novel.

  3. I agree that her use of different writing styles are amazing and really unique. I hadn't seen a lot of these writing styles before I read this book, but it is true that a lot of the book is pretty boring and maybe if a different style was used, it wouldn't have been as dull.