Good As Gold
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...more
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“Gold had little doubt he would succeed in Washington if once given the chance, for he was a master at diplomacy and palace intrigue. He was the department's deadliest strategist in the conflict now raging to attract students to subjects in liberal arts from other divisions of the college and to subjects in English from other departments in liberal arts.”
Should a professor and ...more
A must read for anyone likes satire and sharp dialogue.
The first was "Catch-22", and as the first, now feels to me like Classic-Heller, where obliviously dense characters talk around in circles to demonstrate the senselessness of war. Next came "Something Happened", which felt like Updike-Heller, in which we follow around a ...more
Heller's third novel reads almost as though it were the book of a Woody Allen film. It is about the Jewish experience in the US in the late seventies, and contains much of the same kind of bitter sweet humour so common in Allen's work. Good as Gold centres around a second generation American Jew, Bruce Gold, who is entering middle age and who is desperate to be taken seriously - as a writer, as a family member (particularly by his irascible fath ...more
This tale is about Washington DC, the Jewish Experience, Family ties, Aspirations and somewhere about Henry Kissinger. Bruce Gold is the protagonist - a jewish professor/author, in a high position with the Govt (though not sure what), part of a big family that he doesn't understand and constantly in wonderment ...more
I remember talking with Jonathan Myerson about this in class. He said that he and his wife have a pact - she shoots him if he starts writing about a middle-aged writer.
According to Wikipedia, the novel is ...more
I wanted to like this book. I REALLY wanted to like it... but I just couldn't. The characters are about as forgettable as a new years eve hook-up, and with about as much depth and endearment. (I.E none – a point of note for the sobre types)
C22 is, rather standardly, one of my favourites but this has completely put me off Heller.
Throughout the book I couldn't help thinking that the 'jokes' were all so forced, obvious and just plain unwitty.
The Good as Gold ...more
But if you loved Catch-22, you'll probably be disappointed by this novel. The highest rating it gets probably is that it is not bad.
Opowieść o amerykańskim intelektualiście, który na swoje nieszczęście jest Żydem. Poważany w kręgach politycznych, a jednocześnie jest uważany za głupca przez swoją rodzinę. Gdy zostanie urażony i nie ukrywa zdenerwowania, całe otoczenie stwierdza, że się piekli, że jest Żydem.
Z jednej strony bardzo humorystyczna książka, z drugiej - cholernie przykra, jak zestawia się ją z sytuacją panującą w rzeczywistości. Wyśmiewana władza, zwłaszcza Nixona i Kissingera, pokazywanie abs ...more
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את הלר פגשתי לפני כ- 10 שנים כשקראתי את ספרו "רק אלוהים יודע" והתאהבתי, בשנינות, חדות העין, היכולת לתאר מצבים ובכלל.
כשמצאתי את "גולד שווה זהב" ב- 20 ₪ אפילו לא היססתי (וכי מה יש להסס, היו שם גם ספרים של אטווד האלוהית באותו מחיר מגוחך) ומיד רכשתי את המציאה.
אפילו הענקתי לו קדימות בגלל חסד נעורים וכשסיימתי את אחד מהספרים האחרונים שקראתי, ישר הקדמתי אותו לראש הרשימה הארוכה והתחלתי במרץ רב לקרוא מתוך ידיעה שצפויה לי הנאה רבה ותענוג.
ושוב, כגודל הצפייה כך גו ...more
That sounds an awful lot like a catch-22.
Good as Gold is often classified as Heller's take on Washington, and pol ...more
Anyway I was looking forward to finally reading another J ...more
Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia. Even as a child, he loved to write; at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland. He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next ye ...more