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You Shall Know Our Velocity Paperback – July 1, 2003
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"You Shall Know Our Velocity! is the work of a wildly talented writer.... Like Kerouac's book, Eggers's could inspire a generation as much as it documents it." —LA Weekly
"There's an echolet of James Joyce there and something of Saul Bellow's Chinatown bounce, but we're carried into the narrative by a fluidity of line that is Eggers's own." —Entertainment Weekly
"Eggers is a wonderful writer, bold and inventive, with the technique of a magic realist." —Salon
"An entertaining and profoundly original tale." —San Francisco Chronicle
“Eggers ’s writing really takes off -- his forte is the messy, funny tirade, stuffed with convincing pain and wry observations.” —Newsday
“Often rousing ... achieves a kind of anguished, profane poetry.” —Newsweek
“The bottom line that matters is this: Eggers has written a terrific novel, an entertaining and imaginative tale.” —The Boston Globe
“There are some wonderful set-pieces here, and memorable phrases tossed on the ground like unwanted pennies from the guy who runs the mint.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Powerful.... Eggers’s strengths as a writer are real: his funny pitch-perfect dialog; the way his prose delicately captures the bumblebee blundering of Will’s thoughts; ... and the stream-water clarity of his descriptions.... There is genius here.... Who is doing more, single-handedly and single-mindedly, for American writing?” —Time
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Yet the fact that Will and Hand don't succeed is really the success of the story. It is not about the destinations, or the journey there, but about the things that lie in the past. Will's rememberance of his childhood are the most beautiful passages.Read more ›
Sure, the novel does get to a point where it becomes a series of foils and mishaps in various countries, but it is at that point, about two-thirds of the way into the book, that the new material takes place. This new material provides a completely different context for the actions that take place throughout the rest of the book. In a way, it makes the story more metafictional than I imagine it originally was.
The paperback edition contains the additional text, about twenty pages or so, that was not in the hardcover printing of the novel. So, for those of you who have only read the hardcover edition, I would recommend rereading, since the book is actually quite different than when you probably read it. If you're interested in it and thinking about reading it, I would highly recommend this work.
Eggers is more popularly known nowadays for his skills as a publisher of some of the greatest writing since the turn of the century, and editor of McSweeney's Quarterly, among other things. It's been a long time since his first book, and until I read this I thought his own work would simply be thrown by the wayside.Read more ›
Admittedly, some of Eggers' literary tricks in this book are cute, and there are moments of touching and hilarious prose. (My favorite line: "I opened my mouth but couldn't think of any way to answer. Someone was using my head to power a coffeemaker.")
But in the end, the plot feels too forced, the writing too self-conscious. Dave Eggers is a good writer. This book doesn't, sadly, fully reflect that. _
The story itself is fast-paced and wonderful. Based on this and his previous work (Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), I believe that Eggers may well prove to be one of the enduring authors in my generation. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen was heralded as a great American Novel. Don't let publicity fool you: YSKOV is easily its equal. Eggers' writing is extremely smart -- making it all the more enjoyable. Never is he dull.
In YSKOV, the narrator fascinated me for his thought process. Eggers constructs a man who wants to find his place in the world, so he travels it. Yet for all of his travels, he doesn't seem to have any idea what to do when he gets there. As a result, the story is often humourous and often poignant.
While I recommend it to a broad audience, as a gift YSKOV would certainly resonate with the armchair traveler longing for his own whirlwind tour or the young graduate ready to start out in the world. As a final note, if you are considering this as a gift, I strongly suggest the hardback edition. Its presentation aligns nicely with Eggers' draw-you-right-in style, as well as being unique. I believe that the hardback editions were only released to "independent" bookstores -- a fact that may be appreciated by a budding idealist/activist.
However, please note that there have been changes between editions and the hardback and paperback aren't quite the same book. An interesting reason to buy your favorite booklover both editions.
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