A Visit from the Goon Squad

Ted Hollander Character Analysis

Sasha’s uncle, Ted Hollander is a frustrated art scholar who goes to Naples to tried to locate Sasha. He is pleased that Sasha’s father funds the trip, and spends time viewing art, as opposed to finding Sasha. The trip is a chance for him to get away from his family, whom he feels don’t understand him.

Ted Hollander Quotes in A Visit from the Goon Squad

The A Visit from the Goon Squad quotes below are all either spoken by Ted Hollander or refer to Ted Hollander. 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 11 Quotes

Ted braced himself for his moody, unpredictable son. "Hiya, Alf!"
"Dad, don't use that voice."
"What voice?"
"That fake 'Dad' voice."
"What do you want from me, Alfred? Can we have a conversation?"
"We lost."
"So you're what, five and eight?"
"Four and nine."
"Well. There's time."
"There's no time," said Alfred. "Time is running out." "

Related Characters: Ted Hollander (speaker), Alfred
Page Number: 211
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On another day more than twenty years after this one, after Sasha had gone to college and settled in New York; after she'd reconnected on Facebook with her college boyfriend and married late (when Beth had nearly given up hope) and had two children, one of whom was slightly autistic…Ted, long divorced—a grandfather—would visit Sasha at home in the California desert…And for an instant he would remember Naples: sitting with Sasha in her tiny room; the jolt of surprise and delight he'd felt when the sun finally dropped into the center of her window and was captured inside her circle of wire.
Now he turned to her, grinning. Her hair and face were aflame with orange light.
"See," Sasha muttered, eyeing the sun. "It's mine."

Related Characters: Sasha Blake (speaker), Ted Hollander
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 233
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Ted Hollander Character Timeline in A Visit from the Goon Squad

The timeline below shows where the character Ted Hollander appears in A Visit from the Goon Squad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Good-bye, My Love
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Ted Hollander is in Naples looking for his niece, Sasha. Sasha’s stepfather, Hammer, has paid for... (full context)
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Back at his hotel, Ted gets a drink and calls his wife, Susan. She asks if everything is all right,... (full context)
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Susan puts Ted’s son on the phone. Ted says hello in a cheery tone, and his son tells... (full context)
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At dusk, Ted goes to the Piazza Vittoria. The Plaza is teeming with families and kids playing soccer.... (full context)
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The next morning, Ted takes a taxi to the Museo Nazionale. He views a relief sculpture called Orpheus and... (full context)
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Ted leaves, and as he walks, the decaying churches strike him and the soiled coats of... (full context)
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Ted tries to make small talk; avoiding the reason he is here. He asks Sasha about... (full context)
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Ted returns to his hotel and makes his daily call to Sasha’s mother, Beth. He knows... (full context)
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When Sasha was little, Ted took her to the beach one day. Ted told Sasha he was working as a... (full context)
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Sasha would ask if Ted would take her swimming, and he always agreed. She would lay her head against his... (full context)
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Sasha arrives at Ted’s hotel that evening, and he feels surprised and reluctant. He was hoping she wouldn’t show... (full context)
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At the restaurant, Ted and Sasha sit in a window seat. Sasha keeps looking at the young people beyond... (full context)
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...Wade, who is the drummer in a touring band. They went first to Tokyo, and Ted feels a twinge of envy when she says this. After that they went to Hong... (full context)
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After leaving the restaurant, Ted and Sasha go to a nightclub. Sasha tells him her friends own the place. She... (full context)
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Finally, Sasha asks Ted what he is doing in Naples. He lies, telling her he is there to look... (full context)
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The next morning Ted wakes in his hotel. The night before he had gone to the police and reported... (full context)
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The woman says she doesn’t know, but when Ted gives her a twenty-dollar bill, she leads Ted up the stairs. On the second floor,... (full context)
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Inside, Ted sees Sasha, half asleep on the bed. She says hello, but as soon as the... (full context)
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Eventually Sasha comes out. Ted asks where she is going, and she walks to the shower without saying a word.... (full context)
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Later that afternoon, Sasha opens the door and lets Ted inside. The room is small, and the sun is just beginning to set. The windowsill... (full context)
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The story then jumps forward twenty years, and Ted, long divorced, visits Sasha at her home. She is married with two children. Sitting there,... (full context)