You Shall Know Our Velocity!

You Shall Know Our Velocity In his first novel Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss It reminds u

  • Title: You Shall Know Our Velocity!
  • Author: Dave Eggers
  • ISBN: 9781400033546
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his first novel, Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss It reminds us once again what an important, necessary talent Dave Eggers is.

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    About “Dave Eggers

    • Dave Eggers

      Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever , The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award He is the founder of McSweeney s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing McSweeney s Quarterly Concern , and a monthly magazine, The Believer McSweeney s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world Eggers is the co founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible He lives in Northern California with his family.



    696 thoughts on “You Shall Know Our Velocity!

    • Preface to the fourth edition I wrote this a few years ago, back when I had just finished reading the book, but before I had died I still haven t died so that s beside the point I m procrastinating right now, and copying this from another site where this originally appeared.Original PrefaceThere are three ways that I pick out books to read One is through the convoluted and serpentine way that I choose most of my books The second way is by catchy covers promising pop culture hipness This second o [...]


    • I m a little torn here, because I feel like I was supposed to like this book, so part of me wants to pretend that I didn t like it It just seems so blatantly directed at exactly who I am, a late 20 s person confused about what direction to take in life It s like a movie where you know they are trying to make you cry, and you do cry, and then feel bad about it because you know that they played you like a fiddle But as much as I d like to resist it, I am a fiddle and this book played me I identifi [...]


    • Hey main character, are you upset about something Is nothing working out for you AWWWWWW poor baby Did you experience a personal loss that you found painful Oh no You must be the first person ever to feel pain I feeeeeel sooooooo baaaaaaaaad for you Are you going to tell us what happened Oh, you d rather give it to us bit by bit to keep up the suspense Ok, that works pbbbbttttt Do you find things in normal everyday life hard to take, Holden Caulfield Do you want to share with us experiences of t [...]


    • The title of this novel is a misnomer The protagonists Will and Hand are miserably slow and plodding Full of piss and vinegar, but with little to actually back it up Basically, they plan to fly around the world in a week and give away 32,000 They make it to Africa and Eastern Europe That s it And the back of the book reads, 32,000 must be given away in a week, around the world But why That question is never answered Not only is the book s flow sluggish, but it s a complete mind fuck The first ha [...]


    • Really 2 1 2 starsI m not sure what to say about this book really I didn t hate it, I didn t love it I very often found myself enjoying Eggers s writing style while being annoyed with the story itself I don t really understand what it is with male writers that makes them want so badly to write these books about disillusioned young men who are basically losers I mean this book is essentially Catcher in the Rye for people in their late 20s I don t know I just have a problem with characters in book [...]


    • Before I get into the story of this book, and what I thought about it, I have to start with this I LOVE the paper it s made of Really It makes me want to write, in a typewriter, and live in some far off place, the color, the texture, wow, I tried to find out what they used but there is no information on the subject I think I probably finished the book because of that wonderful paper it is made of With paper like this, how can I even consider going on to electronic books Now, for the story It got [...]


    • I loved the writing, I really did Imaginative and colorful and funny There was just too much of it I think the whole book could have been trimmed by 20 to 30 percent and been much enjoyable It s divided into 3 parts, and in my edition they have ratios that are almost too mathematically precise to be a coincidence The first 250 pages were Will s first person account of his and his friend Hand s frantic, limited to one week, global travels trying to unload 32,000 in cash through various bizarre s [...]


    • I m glad I read this although I had conflicting opinions all throughout the book.The writing is unique and interesting and Eggers clearly has a powerful gift with words The story is also challenging and thoughtful and I was continually fascinated by the concept I loved the journey they took, and the juxtaposition Eggers creates between their being both constrained and liberated in their travels However, I don t know if I love the execution I found it to be a real effort to read and after a coupl [...]


    • There s something a little frustrating about Dave Eggers I genuinely think that he is a wonderful, gifted writer He captures certain moments so completely and beautifully that I m astounded past the point of envy But he doesn t know when to quit This is a fault I m finding in a lot of contemporary writers like Michael Chabon and David Foster Wallace as gifted as they are, they seem to lose their focus in the enjoyment of hearing reading themselves Wallace is particularly bad at this I don t care [...]


    • My favorable impression of this book is based partly on hearing Dave Eggers speak at the Newport Beach Library I found his regular guy persona to be very charismatic, his commitment to the work of the 826 tutoring centers to be inspiring, and his enthusiasm for the written word to be refreshing Velocity is funny and touching, and not what I expected in a good way The blurbs say this is a story about a couple of guys who travel around the world in order to give away 32,000 in one week So my expec [...]


    • I heart Dave Eggers This book is awesome, especially if you enjoy traveling in obscure countries and dissecting ridiculous adventures for meaning Eggers style is very sticky and his humor is right in my wheelhouse I liked this book significantly than A Heartbreaking Work which was a fun read nonetheless Something about the fact that it s a true novel and not quite as self indulgent and autobiographical.Anyway, I only feel slightly silly saying this is one of my favorite books Admittedly, the re [...]


    • A strange one for me I was bored, then intrigued, then bored again, then excited, then disappointed I didn t like the the narrator or his sidekick who were 27 but came across like 12 year old boys The Boo Hoo factor was pretty forced But I loved a few sections So there I do like how the 3 Eggers books I ve read as of this moment have had very distinct vibes He s definitely someone I ll keep reading.


    • The thing I remember most strongly about this book is just toodling along, minding my own business, and then boom pow meta mmmmmmmetametametameta META Did Dave Eggers invent meta For me, he invented meta And no one, before or after or since or whenever, will come close to giving me that gasping shocked awe Fuck off, haters I love him so so so.


    • Remember those intoxicated days of the the early 2000 s financial boom Positive thinking Anything was possible There would always be money round the corner Somehow you d always get by Or perhaps you weren t quite feeling it, and scoffed at this stuff like Billy Bragg dismissing a decade of glorious synthpop and silly clothes in one anti Thatcher tirade Though, on the basis of cosmic ordering infomercials featuring Noel Edmonds, and Kirsty and Phil s Pickfords porn, who could blame you You Shall [...]


    • The follow up to Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius falls short because it is much too dark, and the wit of random depressed thoughts by the main character do not feel genuine but contrived The book talks about two friends who have inherited money and are determined to visit some of the world s poorest countries like Senegal and Morocco to give it away in person The reasoning for this trip which is blamed on a recent loss of a friend falls flat and seems too farfetched though the adventures [...]


    • Fairly early in this novel, I encountered a line that started me laughing for ten minutes much to the irritation of the rest of the family That raised expectations that it was going to be enjoyable than it subsequently turned out to be The going later became so tedious, in fact, that I considered not finishing.The first problem was that the two main characters continually behave in a way that defies common sense so drastically that I felt physically uncomfortable For example, having taken a pla [...]


    • Love the style of the prose, it is at times erudite and at times completely utterly batshit insane I ve only read about 20% so far and this is what I ve gathered Will, the protagonist and narrator posed for a light bulb advertisement a silhouette of himself fixing a bulb while on a step ladder by Leo Burnett and as payment for his services received a stock option in the light bulb company In short he is 80K richer and hasn t figured out what to do with all the money also he got the shit kicked o [...]


    • I ve been reading You Shall Know Our Velocity currently re titled to Sacrament for over a month Usually, when school is out, and it is, I average about a week to a week and a half on any given book I haven t finished it and I must tell you, the problem isn t me For once.I m half way through the book and thus far, aside from traveling to a few countries and trying to tape money on goats I m pretty sure it was goats , nothing has happened I know that the main character s face is severely messed up [...]


    • I read the book, read the reviews, found out that I completely missed what I think was a major plot point That couldn t be, because I read it from cover to cover and enjoyed it immensely I then realized that the version of the book I read was later revised, with an additional segment, with the major plot point Duh Thanks Eggers, quirky author you I m all for gimmicks, but honestly I m not sure I understood what Will and Hand stood for, since not much of their actions have a background, not much [...]


    • I will start this by saying I love Dave Eggers My next thought is that his editor s all too often don t do him any favors This thought is not my own the credit goes to my friend Joanna who said it first but this 400 page novel should have been maybe 250 pages I thought the same was true for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius With that said, there was a lot too much that I loved about this novel My real complaint about the novel is that there was too much of it I understand from above frie [...]



    • Legitimately, probably the worst novel I ve ever read Neither interesting nor intellectually intriguing, it seems Eggers debut novel was meant to satisfy nothing than his public posture Take a deep breath all you uninteresting white males your story is not unique, your suffering is not beautiful You are a selfish asshole, just like everyone else, yet without fail an infinite number of these cerebral authors sublimate their own perceived struggles into meaningless, emotionless, and reprehensible [...]


    • I m not sure if I m cut out for postmodern literature Dave Eggers much celebrated first novel after the pseudo memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius follows two friends who decide to travel around the world for a week, giving away approximately 32,000 randomly The premise is certainly interesting, and the writing is often entertaining, but I think it occasionally was too aware of itself to really be a great novel.The story is really one about grief the grief these two friends share ar [...]


    • I usually don t blog books I don t like, but You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers deserves special treatment because it proved such a disappointment The opening sentence is one of the best I ve ever seen The caps are from the text itself EVERYTHING WITHIN TAKES PLACE AFTER JACK DIED AND BEFORE MY MOM AND I DROWNED IN A BURNING FERRY IN THE COOL TANNIN TINTED GUAVIARE RIVER, IN EAST CENTRAL COLOMBIA, WITH FORTY TWO LOCALS WE HADN T YET MET IT WAS A CLEAR AND EYEBLUE DAY, THAT DAY, AS WAS TH [...]


    • i love dave eggers this is the main character describing how his mind works he sits at a desk at the top of a grassy hill overlooking a meadow and stream, and the library is inside the hill and is staffed by little pale, oily, hairless people that look like moles And as much as I value the efficiency and professional elan of the library staff, I d begun recently to worry about a new wrinkle in their procedures For the most part, they re supposed to act on my requests when I make requests, and to [...]


    • Though this book is compared to On The Road, the similarities stop at both books being about travelling While Kerouac describes, with compassion and care, his fellow human beings, Eggers draws broad sketches of the people he meets The main character, Will, doesn t change The most worthwhile conversations he has are in his own mind, in which he makes up responses for the people he is talking to This does absolutely nothing to further the plot.There are some truly beautiful moments in the book, an [...]


    • Dave Eggers writes beautifully, yet his novel never seems to inspire any connection between the reader and the characters The plot line seemed familiar, two young men, without plans traveling the world The impetus for the trip seems to be the death of a childhood friend The two remaining friends, the main Character who hasn t done much with his life and Hand, a good looking, risk taking, non motivated individual decide to give away a large sum of cash that the main character has acquired They ch [...]


    • Two close friends decide to travel around the world in a week and give away 32,000 to random people This includes creating a treasure map for children in Estonia and delivering a bouquet of flowers to a sleeping family in Senegal Their adventures are comical, and easy to relate to if you ve ever gone on a trip with not much planning The results of this journey are unexpected eye opening experiences and a few disappointments Morocco looks a little like Arizona Through all their travels and cash g [...]


    • I m surprised I hadn t heard about this one prior to picking it up You Shall Know has Eggers in top form Never mind all the clever metafictional pyrotechnics all of which are very well done, by the way within lies everything you d want in a novel Laughter a plenty, beautiful prose, wonderfully executed dialogue, passages that you ll want to read back two, three, four times I ve found through that my fatal weakness as a book reviewer is that when I really like something, I often find myself at a [...]


    • WelllllllWhat I loved about this book was the imagination, the humor, and the inspiration Eggers must have had a great time writing this, his first novel But geez, where was the editor I could have lost 100 pages esp in the last 1 4 I skimmed the last eighth of the novel and I doubt I missed anything There were hilarious, laugh out loud scenes It just needed an editor on board who, well, edited So the four stars is for the imagination and the sense of humor and heartfelt insanity Even so, it was [...]


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