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Goat: A Memoir

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Riveting Story

Goat is unique and powerful in that Brad Land is able to honestly assess and address his feelings of being beaten in a savage samaritan-act-turned-wrong, and then, a few years later, revisits the same violence in the form of one of the oldest of all institutions - the f...
Goat is unique and powerful in that Brad Land is able to honestly assess and address his feelings of being beaten in a savage samaritan-act-turned-wrong, and then, a few years later, revisits the same violence in the form of one of the oldest of all institutions - the fraternity. Don't be fooled by bitter fraternity supporters posting on here. This book has already been chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book. It's already been profiled in GQ. The truth is that it is one of those rare books that addresses (honestly) male-on-male violence. But it's not just the story that makes this book unique. It's Land's ability to tell this story honestly, without fear of judgement. And the relationship between he and his brother Brett, while heartbreaking at times, immerses the reader into their turbulent world. It's an incredible debut by an obviously talented writer. Highly, highly recommended.

posted by Anonymous on February 2, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Author missed an opportunity

The story started out prety good, but the author missed an opportunity to expand on the event that scarred the protagonist for life. Once he gets off to college, everything starts to drag and I didn't really care about him any longer.

posted by mrgopherguts on March 21, 2009

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Author missed an opportunity

    The story started out prety good, but the author missed an opportunity to expand on the event that scarred the protagonist for life. Once he gets off to college, everything starts to drag and I didn't really care about him any longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    Okay, but was hoping for more

    Brad Land has a different writing style which may not appeal to some. Parts of the book read more like a narrative poem. He had a brutal experience at the beginning of the book that stays with him throughtout the book. I don't feel he was trying to bash the Fraternity as much as deal with his own ghosts. It just never really has a climax and deals more with his thoughts and feelings. The back of the book's description is somewhat misleading, but overall it's an okay book.

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