A Visit from the Goon Squad

Lou Kline is a powerful and charismatic music producer who lives a decadent lifestyle that includes eating at fancy restaurants, doing cocaine, and seducing young women. Early in the novel, he has a relationship with a seventeen-year-old girl named Jocelyn. He has six children with a number of different wives. One of those children, named Rolph, commits suicide after a long period of estrangement from Lou. Lou refuses to confront the fact that he is aging, and lives his fast lifestyle accordingly. Eventually, however, Lou suffers a stroke as the result of his unhealthy lifestyle, and is left physically impaired and alone.

Lou Kline Quotes in A Visit from the Goon Squad

The A Visit from the Goon Squad quotes below are all either spoken by Lou Kline or refer to Lou Kline. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 4 Quotes

"Women are cunts," his father says. "That's why.”

"They are not—" He can't make himself repeat the word.
"They are," Lou says tightly. "Pretty soon you'll know it for sure."
Rolph turns away from his father. There is nowhere to go, so he jumps into the sea and begins slowly paddling back toward shore. The sun is low, the water choppy and full of shadows. Rolph imagines sharks just under his feet, but he doesn't turn or look back.

Related Characters: Lou Kline (speaker), Rolph
Related Symbols: The Sun, Water
Page Number: 78-79
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Every night, my mother ticks off another day I've been clean. It's more than a year, my longest yet. "Jocelyn, You've got so much life in front of you," she says. And when I believe her, for a minute, there's a lifting over my eyes. Like walking out of a dark room.

Related Characters: Jocelyn (speaker), Lou Kline, Rhea
Page Number: 91
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Chapter 2: The Gold Cure
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The sisters, Chandra and Louisa, look fantastic, and have a bunch of new material to show Bennie. Chandra’s daughter, Olivia,... (full context)
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...says there should be something—an echo, or an outline. Bennie remembers looking at his mentor, Lou Kline, and thinking, “You’re finished.” Nostalgia, Bennie thinks, is the end. He then notes that... (full context)
Chapter 3: Ask Me If I Care
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...Scottie, but she isn’t in love with him. Jocelyn is seeing an older man named Lou, who picked her up hitchhiking. (full context)
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...male prostitute before her parents divorced. Despite these intimacies, Rhea missed the day Jocelyn met Lou while hitchhiking. Lou, a powerful record executive, snorted lines of cocaine off of Jocelyn’s bare... (full context)
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On another Saturday night, the band goes to the Mab, but Jocelyn goes out with Lou. After the concert, they return to Alice’s house, where Alice’s mom serves them yogurt. Rhea... (full context)
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After the news, Jocelyn uses Rhea’s phone (at her house) to call Lou. Lou scolds Jocelyn, telling her not to call him, but to just let him call... (full context)
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The night of the concert, Rhea and Jocelyn meet Lou for dinner at a fancy restaurant. Rhea notes that he looks as old as her... (full context)
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They walk together to the Mab, Rhea and Jocelyn beneath Lou’s arm. In the hustle and bustle of Broadway, Rhea feels that once her freckles are... (full context)
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Rhea turns to Jocelyn, and is surprised to find her kneeling in front of Lou, giving him oral sex. Lou’s hand rests on the back of her head, and his... (full context)
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After the concert, everyone goes to Lou’s house. The apartment is more extravagant than Jocelyn told Rhea, and she feels betrayed by... (full context)
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Lou comes into the bedroom, and Rhea leaves. She waits, at the top of the stairs,... (full context)
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After a short while, Lou joins Rhea on the balcony. Rhea asks him if he remembers being their age, and... (full context)
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Two weeks later, Jocelyn runs away. Rhea tells her parents that she is with Lou. Scotty and Alice have begun dating, and Bennie no longer hangs out with Scotty. Rhea... (full context)
Chapter 4: Safari
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Lou Kline, his girlfriend Mindy, and his two children, Rolph and Charlie, are on an African... (full context)
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Two elderly birdwatchers, Fiona and Mildred, trade a sad smile, hearing this familial dispute. Lou has been flirtatious with them, asking them to take him bird watching. They suspect Lou’s... (full context)
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While Charlie watches the warriors perform, Lou takes Rolph for a walk. He tells Rolph that his sister is acting crazy, and... (full context)
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Mindy begins thinking about her own relationship with Lou, and realizes it will be temporary due to structural incompatibility, meaning Lou, who is much... (full context)
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Chronos, the bassist for a band signed to Lou’s label, sits beside Albert in the font seat. Chronos argues with the bassist of his... (full context)
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...When one of the female lions suddenly pounces on him, Albert shoots and kills it. Lou jumps from the car, pushing Mindy back inside. She realizes he wants her to stay... (full context)
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...the movie star who likes to state the obvious, will reconnect with a girl named Louise, who was twelve at the time of the trip, and they will get married. Most,... (full context)
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...animals, but the children ask about the events of earlier that day. When Charlie tells Louise they were inches away from the lion, Rolph corrects her, saying they were feet away.... (full context)
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Rolph goes back to the bar and finds Lou and Mindy talking to Ramsey, the owner of the safari outfit, and an old army... (full context)
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...for people to jump off. Charlie and Mindy share a laugh over Dean’s obvious statements. Lou moves in and asks what is so funny, and Charlie says, “Life.” Charlie hugs Lou,... (full context)
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...next afternoon, they settle in a hotel near Mombasa. They go to the beach, and Lou notices a Medusa tattoo on Chronos’s chest, which he finds less startling than his potbelly.... (full context)
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...she never wants to go home, but Rolph misses their mother. He watches Mindy and Lou swim in the water. Rolph confronts the fact that his father doesn’t love his mother... (full context)
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After swimming with Mindy, Lou goes to get spears (for spearfishing) and snorkeling gear. He fights the urge to follow... (full context)
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They rest on a spit of rocks, and Rolph asks Lou what he thinks of Mindy, if she is the right kind of crazy. Rolph says... (full context)
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...drink wine. Rolph doesn’t like the taste, but likes the way it makes him feel. Lou has spent the past hour in bed with Mindy, having sex, and feels victorious. He... (full context)
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...men. All the while, she will try to repair the failed relationship between Rolph and Lou. The flash-forward continues, revealing that Lou will marry Mindy because, in his mind, that means... (full context)
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...back into the bar, and Charlie pulls Rolph onto the dance floor. Rolph feels self-conscious. Lou dances with Mindy, who is thinking about Albert, as she will periodically after she marries... (full context)
Chapter 5: You (Plural)
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Jocelyn and Rhea, adults now, return to Lou’s house. Twenty years have passed since the last time they visited, and the house seems... (full context)
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...say “hello,” and Rhea notes that everything is the same. They both laugh at this. Lou tells them they still look gorgeous, though Jocelyn thinks he is lying. They are both... (full context)
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Rhea shows Lou a photo of her children, and Lou says her sixteen-year-old daughter is cute. Jocelyn feels... (full context)
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A nurse comes in and adjusts Lou’s tubes, and Jocelyn has to look away from Lou’s colostomy bag. She begins to cry,... (full context)
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Lou tells Rhea and Jocelyn he hasn’t been outside in weeks, so they push his bed... (full context)
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...forgetting that he committed suicide years ago. Rhea shakes her head. Jocelyn remembers the way Lou treated her while they were together, having sex with her in the open while other... (full context)
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Lou composes himself and asks the girls to stand on either side of him. He puts... (full context)