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Author: Dave Eggers
ISBN13: 978-0970335555
Title: You Shall Know Our Velocity
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Language: English
Category: United States
Publisher: McSweeney's; 1st edition (September 2002)
Pages: 376

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers

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

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 i. 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 ow. Entertainment Weekly. This e-copy was proofed carefully, italics left intact.

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.

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This book is dedicated to Beth. I don't know yet. 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.

Dave Eggers's second book, You Shall Know Our Velocity, is full of faults, but the verve and energy of his prose make up for its deficiencies, says Blake Morrison. At its heart lay the strange but true story of how the 21-year-old Eggers, having lost both his parents to cancer, became prime carer to his eight-year-old brother, Toph.

I thought the idea of Dave Eggers was great, I respected his journal McSweeny’s and sometimes thought his quasi-punk rock ethics were commendable. I just didn’t like the book though (I have to stop here about . if I get started on this book I’ll just rant on and on-one note though from here on out I will refer to Egger’s first book simply as the first book. Following this brilliantly simple shorthand I will call his second book, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, the second book. I will do this for two reasons

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.
Reviews: 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.
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.
boring . . . nothing else to say