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Look at Me: A Novel Paperback – October 8, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Egan's novel not only discusses Middle Eastern sleeper cells in a pre-9/11/2001 world, it also predicts the absolute explosion of reality television and marketing, and the phenomenon of social networking on the Internet via tell-all personal spaces. (She wrote the novel over a six-year period and published in mid-2001).
The recurring theme is that of identity, and of the secret or shadow selves that we all hide. Egan's characters struggle to present the right face to the world (in some cases hiring manipulative publicists and marketers) while battling inner demons. The lives of her richly detailed characters gradually converge in a breathtaking climax that changes each one irrevocably.
It makes one wonder about the books chosen for book awards. While this book was only a finalist, I still have to wonder why it would have been in contention. I certainly don't expect my personal tastes to match those of these committees given the task of choosing the best books, but I do expect to be able to understand the merits of a chosen book, to see what others might see in it. Did the National Book Award folks decide on ambition alone? I certainly think Egan began with a topic challenging to author and reader, but doesn't the fact that she fails in her task weigh in the decision? I suppose I hadn't been let down more by a book in a long time and much of the reason was because of that silver stamp on the cover.
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The story itself was interesting and kept me reading however there were a few too may twists that had me saying 'really, come on'. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wandering Freely
I am very frustrated by this book. I struggled to stay with it, hoping to make sense of utterly unrelated plotlines, and extremely rambling and tedious lectures on the history of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R.H. Packer
I loved Visit from the Goon Squad. This wasn't nearly as good. Good writing but annoying plot and characters.Published 5 months ago by Erica
This novel quickly enveloped me. The prose, the characters...Just wonderful!Published 5 months ago by Lori
I read this book because I absolutely loved “A Visit from the Goon Squad”. In my opinion “LOOK AT ME” isn't as good as Goon Squad but I still made it through this 500 page book;... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael Tapp
Did not enjoy at all. Too wordy and scattered. I had a difficult time followingPublished 9 months ago by carol hackett gaser
I couldn't even finish this book it was all over the place. I tried to stick with it hoping a plot would surface but gave up 60% of the way through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kourtney