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by Joseph Heller

  • ISBN: 0684839741
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Joseph Heller
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (November 12, 1997)
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • FB2 size: 1528 kb
  • EPUB size: 1313 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 104
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Joseph heller surpasses "CATCH-22" and america FINP3"Gold!" Meet bruce gold. Hilarious and lively and irresistibly funny!"

Joseph heller surpasses "CATCH-22" and america FINP3"Gold!" Meet bruce gold. engaged to a sexy heiress who can help hi. .and in love with his daughter's randy schoolteacher-he hates power but wants to be Secretary. Hilarious and lively and irresistibly funny!" -Cosmopolitan. It's a wildly funny novel and it's unmistakably Heller.

Everything Joseph Heller ever wrote, other than Catch-22, is utter crap.

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Good as Gold, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time, and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in 1999. Paperback: 448 pages.

Good as Gold is a 1979 novel by Joseph Heller. Bruce Gold, a Jewish, middle-aged university English professor and author of many unread, seminal articles in small journals, residing in Manhattan, is offered the chance for success, fame and fortune in Washington . as the country's first ever Jewish Secretary of State. But he must face the consequences of this, such as divorcing his wife and alienating his family, the thought of which energizes him and makes him cringe at the same time.

American novelist and dramatist Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, . Other novels include As Good As Gold and God Knows Thirty-five years after writing his first book, Heller wrote his autobiography. Heller started off his writing career by publishing a series of short stories, but he is most famous for his satirical novel Catch-22. Other novels include As Good As Gold and God Knows. Thirty-five years after writing his first book, Heller wrote his autobiography, entitled Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here. In his memoirs, Heller reminisces about what it was like growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and 1940s.

Good As Gold is Joseph Heller's third masterpiece. Heller, who sadly left us in 1999, was notorious for taking an eternity between books (13 years between his first tw. And, although this may be true, one thing is certain: when Joe Heller delivers a book, it's a guaranteed masterpiece. Every new Heller release is an event. Good As Gold is as good as the best of them. By turns screamingly funny and heart-piercingly true, this is one of the few books that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. The book works simultaneously on multiple levels.

The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944.

Save bookmarks and read as many as you like. The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a . Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grown old, and friends and lovers grown apart - a story that is inimitably Heller. 376. Published: 1979.

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Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice. Heller was born on May 1, 1923 in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, the son of poor Jewish parents, Lena and Isaac Donald Heller, from Russia.

Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less-than-picture-perfect life: His children think little of him, his intimidating father endlessly bullies him, and his wife is so oblivious that she doesn't even notice he's left her. As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grown old, and friends and lovers grown apart -- a story that is inimitably Heller.
Reviews about Good As Gold (7):
This would have made a brilliant 20-page short story. Instead, it ballooned into a 450 page novel.

I found the beginning quite clever and funny, with an odd mix of characters: the brother who states incorrect facts just to annoy Gold (our academic main character), the self-obsessed small-time publisher friend, the Washington man who promises everything and nothing in the same breath, contradicting himself outright with everything he says, the cantankerous and demanding father who keeps refusing to go for the winter to Florida, so he'll be out of his kids' way, the rich racist father of the naïve yet trampish, smart yet stupid Washington lover.

However, after about 50 pages, it became an ever duller round of the same scenes, played with minor differences: Unpleasant family dinners (what family on earth gets together so often while hating each other so much?) followed by unproductive Washinton meetings where he keeps getting promoted without having secured an actual job, followed by dull conversations with his wife or stupid ones with his lover, followed by his lover's father calling him by all sorts of Jewish-sounding last names that weren't his. All of these scenes are darkly funny. Once. But they get old fast, as do the way-exaggerated speech patterns of all his characters. I know Heller did all this on purpose, but it hindered my enjoyment.

Most of the stuff about Kissinger and other 70s politics was lost on me, since I wasn't quite born then. The unremarkable political newspaper articles pasted into the text especially began to bother me. If I'd had more context, I probably would have enjoyed it me. Without context, I skimmed a lot. However, for someone more politically minded, or who remembers the 70s, I can see this being interesting.

I also feel that if you're going to use up to 21 terms or entire phrases in a foreign language (Yiddish, I believe) on ONE page, and then continue this trend for several pages before and after, you need to at least give us enough context to understand half of the words.

I suffered through numerous unpleasant uses of coarse language and bawdy humor, often placed so abruptly I couldn't avoid them. If that sort of thing bothers you, you might choose a different book.

My favorite part is when our main character is heard saying "I don't know." Washington picks it up as the best, most brilliant line ever. Apparently no one in Washington has ever said it before. It becomes the catch phrase, an stroke of honesty to be admired, a completely new concept. Great, insightful writing there.

Now if Heller had only cut about 400 pages...
"Good as Gold" is pretty much as good as Heller gets in the rarefied air of "Catch 22" and "Something Happened." Clearly, this novelist ranks among the finest American satirists and performs a great service to readers insofar as satirists not only speak truth to corrupt power but diminish it by rendering it laughable. One is apt less to fear and consent to sinister forces which become imbecilic. The premise for the narrative is about a Jewish intellectual named Gold who is invited to become Secretary of State and the tragicomic series of events which lead him to a decision point about the importance of striving for vast and even absolute power. Like "Catch 22" it is government bureaucracy and ineptness which catch the major blows of Heller's narrative. The antics of Congress provide a sufficiently ample context for the absurdity of power portrayed in "Good as Gold." One wonders what tragic flaws exist in people who seek power relentlessly on a grand scale: is it egomania, narcissism, greed, materialism, wealth, control or all of the above? Is our Congress with some notable exceptions not on the whole a National Museum of Egomania? The dialogue in this novel is witty and laugh out-loud pithy in its portrayal of those who pursue with a single minded obsession their will to power within the structure of government. Why isn't the will to power understood for the inherent human defects that its pursuit proves so ubiquitously? Don't we have more than enough examples from human history which make this point evident, even obvious, especially when self-interest and arrogance become central in the noxious stew of greed driving the will to power. Are arrogant people only able to detect it retrospectively after their descent, whether forced or unforced, into humility? Is greed evident only after wealth is driven into poverty? Is humanity a necessary casualty and blind spot for individuals who pursue wealth above all on a grand scale? How much money and power are enough? Has anyone read Goethe's "Faust"? Heller's second premise for the novel is to write a book about what it means to experience being a Jew in America in the 20th century. His portrait of life in New York among an extended Jewish family is telling and intriguing. It is a narrative about the experience of bigotry, stereotyping and profiling. The dialogue in this novel is absolutely masterful and Heller pulls no punches. Like Yossarian we find in Gold a man bewildered by the absurdity of the society in which he is immersed. In this sense Gold becomes an everyman trying to make sense of unfathomable forces in everyday life. Gold reminded me of the protagonist, John Self, of Martin Amis in "Money" in that one of the greatest absurdities is why he behaves as he does. If Gold were malevolent, his villainy by virtue of his behavior would steal any sympathy which a generous reader might bestow upon such a highly intelligent but fundamentally flawed protagonist. It is the bewilderment and ineptitude and brilliance of the protagonists of Heller's novels which intrigue readers as they are all Heller himself: a man intellectually at war with himself and his own society, a Hobbesian jungle run by fools masquerading as saviors within an arrogant, democratic bastion of civilization. The novel starts slowly and will reward patient readers and it ends somewhat abruptly with intriguing story lines abruptly closed down as if Heller after 445 pages realized his book was becoming longish and he was tired of writing it. Heller ranks in the Pantheon of American writers of the extraordinary caliber of Saul Bellow and Kurt Vonnegut. Read this great novel for the pure comic wit evident in the story line, characters and dialogue -- then take away everything else that Heller generously offers to reward judicious readers.
Joseph Heller's prose sparkles with intent, his second-person narrative of Bruce Gold's life and times lays bare the protagonist's attitudes regarding a life lived Jewish in New York. Focusing heavily on complex (and often adulterous) relationships with women, and also with familial concerns. Gold presents an unenviable position as the unloved, geeky second son of a middle-class immigrant American family. From an uncomfortable childhood Gold struggles to leave behind, the family's struggles continue, all the while plastering a facade of splendor and good fortune upon their internal conflicts, which largely arise as proto-post-nuclear units gain prominence with the transition of generational power. Transcending class, age, and political persuasion with effort, Bruce Gold's wayward narrative ship delightfully lays bare some authorial intrusion from Heller, giving veiled reference to the fantastic public reception enjoyed by Catch-22. Despite Gold's obvious flaws and failings, a sympathetic reader cannot help feeling great affection for him. It is a most enjoyable reading experience to champion his hero-protagonist, underdog struggles - as an established (yet also simultaneously aspiring and downtrodden) author and professor of Literature who, in the midst of all-around corruption and disrepute, must discover his own stance on integrity, family values, and what it means to love within one's own family, outside of direct blood-kinship, and to affiliate with whatever ideals one chooses to last a lifetime. Another staggeringly impressive novel from an individual of outstanding literary talent, this work is very aptly titled, for it is (a phrase which appears often in the text) as "good as gold".

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