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by Dave Eggers

  • ISBN: 0241142288
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Dave Eggers
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gardners Books (January 31, 2003)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1467 kb
  • EPUB size: 1602 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 487
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McSweeney’s, based in San Francisco, is also home to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit educational center for Bay Area youth, which also sells pirate supplies. Eggers’s first book was A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This is his first novel. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

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Home Dave Eggers You Shall Know Our Velocity. You Shall Know Our Velocity, . 4. Back in the car we warmed and picked sticks and leaves off our sweatshirts, out of our hair, while recounting the jump fifteen, twenty times, the best moments, the true feeling of flying while headed from one branch to the other, the incredible pull on our shoulders once we’d caught the branch, like a shark yanking our legs down from below-.

You Shall Know Our Velocity! is a 2002 novel by Dave Eggers. It was Eggers's debut novel, following the success of his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000). The plot follows Will and Hand, two childhood friends who set out on a week-long around-the-world odyssey, ostensibly to give away a large sum of money.

Home Dave Eggers You Shall Know Our Velocity. 8. My shock at reading the first lines of this book, those giving birth to the fictional Jack, was only matched by my surprise and then sympathy when, in a few years, it’s implied that Will’s mom was alive and present at the point when Will was lost in Colombia. It’s my guess that even the ghostwriter was fooled at this point, because I have no doubt that Will wrote every last word, throughout this text, of the passages that render various conversations with his mother.

We didn't talk about our fathers. We called the airlines that offered single-fare tickets with unlimited travel. The tickets allowed unrestricted flying as long as you kept going one direction, once around the globe without turning back. I think it'll be obvious when we get there. And if we kept traveling west, we'd lose very little time. We could easily make our way around the world in a week, with maybe five stops along the way – the hours elapsed would in part be voided by the crossing, always westerly, of time zones. From Saskatchewan we'd get to Mongolia, we figured, having lost only two or three hours riding the Arctic Circle.

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Похожие книги на You Shall Know Our Velocity. There is no synopsis on the book, so here are excerpts from a Salon. Will moves through the novel with a badly bruised and scabbed face, which everyone keeps telling him – and he keeps telling everyone – will heal to its former condition. It's the same hope Will holds out for his mind.

You Shall Know Our Velocity. Thank you Flagg, Marnie, Sam, Jenny, Chris, Brie, John, Cressida, Andrew, Michael and Eli. Thank you Sarah, Barb, Julie, Scott, Yosh and everyone at McSwys and 826 Valencia. Thank you Toph and Bill. This book owes a tremendous amount to Brent Hoff. This book is dedicated to Beth.

We three rode by that cow every weekend on our bikes and we planned to kill it. I had a vision of a cow on fire and we decided we had to make that vision real. This e-copy was proofed carefully, italics left intact.

Will and Hand, two young Americans, decide to travel around the world handing over large amounts of money to those who need it. This trip will, they hope, be an answer to the overwhelming grief they feel after their friend's death. But, as they soon find out, nothing is quite so simple.
Reviews about You Shall Know Our Velocity (7):
I enjoyed the author's method of describing details and the author's inner world. However, the main character is a really hard character to like. The book seemed like it was going to be an inspiring read about traveling the world for charity, but the protagonist's disorganization barely got them off the ground, and it gave me second-hand stress. The book also has so many misogynistic elements, with every woman being featured only as a caricature there for the main character's lust/pity/anger. It had potential to be inspiring and even hilarious, but the author couldn't seem to find the right twist on this character and plot to make it a compelling story.
Will (the narrator) and Hand (the instigator) take off on a journey across the globe - arriving in Dakar, going to Morocco, shooting up to Eastern Europe - in an attempt to give cash to the world's underclass. The two young friends are haunted by the loss of their friend, Jack. Will especially is rocked existentially by the loss and the cash-giving becomes a chance to balance the universe.

Needless to say, it's a weird story. Eggers is a product of the early-digital rumble of the 1990s. His story telling and snarky dialogue is a product of this. A bit of realism suffers from his quest for originality and sparkle. Would two young men really travel to the ends of the earth to give cash away to strangers? Maybe...but probably not.

The parallels between YOU SHALL KNOW... and ON THE ROAD are there. Like Sal Paradise, Hand is a rogue and wildcard. The character of Hand is annoying. He seems like the last person you'd ever want to go on an international journey with.

There is too much landscape description - as skilled as it is. There are too many pointless characters who wander in and out of the plot.

All of this is redeemed by the poignancy of the last fifty pages of the book. The origin of the title is an interesting subplot and the themes that get developed are worthwhile.
I bought "You Shall Know Our Velocity" based on my loving "What is the What", which was my first Eggers book. I thought "What is the What" was really powerful stuff, well-written, gripping, a 5-star book all day. I realize this novel preceded that one and it definitely shows.

As you probably know, the story centers on 2 friends, Will the narrator and 'Hand', who need to give away appx $32,000 in one week. They set off determined to travel the world trying to do so. Now to me, that sounds like a fun, wild caper of a tale. Something that should make a tremendous story, an epic trek. But unfortunately there's also their 3rd friend Jack, who has recently died. The aftermath of Jack's death is driving them in this desperation to get rid of the money.

The characters came off depressing to me. The lead narrator Will is black-and-blued depressed, and not in the funny sort of neurotic way. His stream of consciousness/ conversations within his head were frankly too long and too frequent for my taste. I found them very irritating after awhile. Hand is supposed to be the cool guy/ good looking guy, but never really takes it to that next level. Sadly, I never got that sense of "Wow!" in this book.

I will agree that there was some great writing here and there, a few memorable incidents, but overall I came away let down and uninspired. And SAD, which is not good - "What is the What" deals with horribly depressing events, but that left me feeling moved and emotional and touched to the core. But with YSKOV, not at all.
Terrific book.

Anyone who has traveled or has desire to should appreciate this book. Told (mostly) from a first person point of view, about two friends who travel east to "random" countries and give away money. Of course, details of the purpose of the trip and the money donating unfolds as you read on.

The only draw back for me is about 2/3 or so into the book the writing shifts from one character to the other, which for me destroyed the pacing. I found the second's character's writing to be boring and uninteresting... but there isn't too much of it until we go back to the main character. I assume the intention was to shed a different light on the events and act as a sort of expository card to "clue us in" onto things and reveal facts otherwise unknown. Still, I feel that it could have done just as well without.

Overall a great page-turner. I found myself reading in huge chunks and not wanting to put the book down. A fairly easy read and profanity aside, should cater to most age levels.

Go Dave!!!
This is the first Dave Eggers book I have read. Vivid, living, and breathing, it became one of my favorite books. Told in first person, the action and story envelops you and I found myself in the moment with the characters, the urgency, the human spirit and uncertainty of life. The method of his storytelling does not lay everything out for it. Much like a 1000 piece puzzle, figuring out the plot and meaning makes you think, where and why, who and what, and it is worth it when all those pieces fit together and you see the greater picture within the story. Eggers captures the male persona with an accuracy that makes you not want to remember it is fiction. Brilliant book. After two, I can't wait to read another of his books.
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I thought the book was good. It deals with mortality, friendship, loss, being lost, wanting to be lost and fear --and does it all with realism. How many people feel poetic when their best friend dies? vs. How many people act ridiculous and desperate and come up with a scheme to rescue said friend from the hospital in a fashion that makes absolutely no sense 6-months later?

The characters are real and the story overall reflects the oddity of being a young male, not quite a man, not quite a kid, not quite anything.

The inner dialogue was interesting and revealed quit a bit about all of the characters involved and I especially liked learning about Jack and how he fit into the trio of friends.

If you liked "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" then chances are you'll enjoy this book.

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