All posts tagged: Jennifer Egan

Literary Snobbery Series

The LSS Book List, Part 10

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (1919, M) – A short story cycle with the town’s newspaper reporter as its main character, this book this have much in terms of plot. But in terms of emotions, it packs a wallop. It is raw, honest, and just tenderly beautiful. This is Anderson’s most famous work and considered by many critics as his masterpiece. After finishing it, I consider it as the best book that I have ever read. If you love modernist works and if you value characters over plot, this is a good book to pick. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009, L) – It is a bit of a struggle to get into the narrative voice of the first book of Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell series. I even had to reread it when I lost it. But when you get into and attune yourself into its rhythm, it does deliver. The pronoun usage may be confusing, but the thrill and court intrigue can …

It pays to post comments on various blogs

I claimed these prizes

Yesterday, I went to this posh mall smacked in the heart of the ghetto to claim the prizes that I won at a raffle at this blog. I’ve never been lucky with raffles, so you can just imagine me silently squealing and jumping like I’ve lost it when I read that I won a stack of books and gift certificates at National Book Store. I was given the option to pick eight out of the 24 books, but I am good with five. I don’t want to take books that I know I won’t be reading or books that I am not inclined to read. And there’s shelf space management, too. So here are the books that I took home with me: Emerald City and Other Stories by Jennifer Egan – I would love to give Egan another shot since I enjoyed reading A Visit from the Goon Squad. Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis – I’ve always been interested in reading his American Psycho. This might do while I don’t have a copy yet. …

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Time Warping and Shape Shifting – A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The sensation surrounding this novel forced me to buy it and the purchase was made sooner with the insistence of one of my bookish friends to read it along with him. I remember I was on budget mode that time, but a novel getting the nod of the jurors of both the Pulitzer and the Book Critics Circle? It must be worth it. I have mixed feelings for this book. Upon closing it after reading the last sentence, I felt that it was okay. The next week, I realized that I like it. And then a few more months, I love it. Is that possible? Of course it is. I think that the selling point of this novel is that PowerPoint presentation chapter, spanning 76 pages on my edition. That alone is enough for a cautious reader to try this book, but there are more reasons to read it. First, it’s more a disjointed collection of short stories than a regular novel. Second, each story is presented in a unique way, the PowerPoint presentation I mentioned …

A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Date Started: May 30, 2011. 3:30 AM. Almost everyone is raving about this. I’m not referring to people that I know in real life because sadly, I don’t have a lot of friends who read as heavily as I do. In fact, I only have one (the other one confessed that his teaching career hindered his reading). My other friends who do read are into books that I would classify as blah. And still, there are others who read books that I dig, but the last time that they have opened a book must have been months, or worse years, ago. Still, it’s a good thing that these friends get to read. Anyway, the expectations that I have for this book are quite met. It’s not an instant ka-boom, but it’s coming. Do I smell an IMPAC? That’s two more years from now.

A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Who bought it: Me. What is it: I do not know, but some of my online friends say it’s a musical read. When: May 23, 2011 Where: Power Books – Glorietta Why: It’s the latest craze in the book world. After winning the NBCC last March, it won the Pulitzer just this month. Must be really promising. Besides, I was quite pressured when an online friend invited me to read this with him. How much: Php 615.00. I haven’t spent this much on a single book for months.