If you liked her other books, it's interesting to see how it all started. And when Faith's old lover joins Phoebe to retrace those last days in Italy, Phoebe glimpses the human price that her sister paid in following her uncompromising quest for personal liberation. I couldn't possibly reveal the object of affection, but guess what? Jennifer Egan is best known for her Pulitzer-winning 2011 novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. I never understood her goals. This soooo reminds me of the time I deferred my enrollment at U. While this should be the exciting conclusion, it is strangely dull in the telling. I stared long and hard at her beautiful, poetic words but her main character bugged me a lot.
I, however, feel that I learned absolutely nothing from this book. Covers a lot of ground but sometimes stumbles. Phoebe O'Connor is your average, aimless teenager. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. Get you started to listen to the full audiobook Invisible Circus, free at our library. Then in the second part she heads to Europe and like Phoebe herself, sadly the book started to lose its way at an alarming pace from this point on.
That could have been hugely interesting but Egan fails to evoke a sense of place and each reads more like an extract from a tourist guide, which was a huge disappointment. Nor did I expect to have my credulity challenged. Phoebe, who has romantic ideas about both her father and Faith, decides to trace Faith's steps, find Wolf, and learn what really happened. In her desperate search for answers, Phoebe is forced to face the past, as well as disturbing truths about her own future. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.
And I absolutely adore her for this. The main character, Phoebe, is woefully naive to the point where I had absolutely no sympathy for her. Instead, I found it dull, predictable, and irritating. But we get it early on, and it continues to be spelt out unnecessarily. I can´t remember when it got better, but a key here is to push through it--a large part of the book, as well as the ending, is worth its awkward start.
The Invisible Circus is in three parts well, technically, four but the final part is only a few pages long and is more of a conclusion. Now considered a contemporary classic. Pat Conroy is quoted as having said about Egan's precocious debut that 'if there were any justice in the world, no one would be allowed to write a first novel of such beauty and accomplishment. Anyhow it's a spectacular piece of writing, expertly written. Only by dispelling the ghosts of a romanticized past does Phoebe come into full possession of her world.
In 1978, 18-year-old Phoebe O'Connor is still haunted by the mysterious death, termed a suicide in 1970, of her hippie teenage sister Faith in Italy. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Under no circumstances let this put you off though. I wouldn't say 'The Invisible Circus' is perfect, but it comes very damn near. The emotional residue lingers in the mind. Eventually, she gets to the locus of Faith's despair and learns how the ideals of the '60s disintegrated.
She was extremely naive and then she took a trip to Europe to f 3. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn. Deus ex Machina be damned, the impromptu meeting serves nicely to help Phoebe come to terms with Faith's story and what happened to her. It's about sisters and the tug of war between past and present. Phoebe lives most of her life reeling from the grief of having lost her father and then her older sister, Faith, before she reached her adolescence. As also demonstrated in both Goon Squad and 2001's Look at Me, Egan can create a believable teenager.
At the age of 18, Phoebe decides to pursue her sister's ghost through Europe to see if she can decipher what really happened to her. She heads to Europe, following the path her sister made years before. But also, it's hard to write about the 60's and their aftermath. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. Because it was Egan, I was unprepared for the tedious belaboring of themes. Still, she uses a lot of exposition and towards the end-- much of the story is told to Phoebe by Wolf something that annoyed me in the Harry Potter Books, particulary the last one with Dumbledore telling stories of the past to Harry. At least some of my lukewarm feelings about the book come from the let down from the genuinely fantastic opening to the book.
Because let's face it this woman knows how to write. Invisible Circus was made into a film that starred Jordana Brewster and Cameron Diaz. Fine in fine dust jacket. I have been working my way through all of Jennifer Egan's books. I never understood her goals.