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Blind Date

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  817 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Blind Date is a spectacular and erotically charged psychological novel that shows Jerzy Kosinski, author of Being There and The Painted Bird, at the height of his power. George Levanter is an idea man, a small investor, an international playboy, and a ruthless deal-maker whose life is delivered in a series of scorching encounters, each more incredible than the last. From M ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 17th 1998 by Grove Press (first published December 31st 1977)
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Greg
An auto-biographical masturbatory jizz fest.

Lots of writers write about themselves. Lots of writers who peaked in the late 1960's through 1980's made an industry out of writing about themselves. Philip Roth and Charles Bukowski are the two that pop right to mind, but I know there are lots more. Sometimes they are pretty clearly the author (as in when Philip Roth shucks the Nathan Zuckermann persona and starts writing about a character named Philip Roth you don't need an PhD in Contemporary Amer
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Ethan Miller
This is an old favorite from Jerzy Kosinski. I'm not sure if it would universally be considered a 5 star or even considered one of his best to other fans but it holds a special place in my literary heart and a dark, confounding resonance that echoes and repels against the moral foundations in my mind. Kosinski was THE premiere 'psychological' writer in the 1970s, sold untold millions of books world-wide, and lived an incredible, nearly unbelievable life that is the basis for many of his books, e ...more
Kristen Shaw
Somtimes reading Kosinski is like having your brain shredded. And just when you think you've healed from one strange and discomforting passage he hits you with the next. Fortunately, this strategy works well in "Blind Date." This is probably my favourite Kosinski. It is funny and horrific and interesting throughout. Although Kosinski has what I feel is a very "masculine" voice, in "Blind Date" issues of sex and gender and ownership are dealt with in fascinating, albeit frequently disturbing, way ...more
Carmine
This interesting, short novel is the first thing I've read by Kosinski, and i finished it before I knew much of anything about him or the controversies that bedeviled his work. It resembles much good east European fiction in it's strange, erotic and violent episodes, and you see flashes of writers like Grass, Kafka, and Kundera (given the past accusation of plagiarism against Kosinski, this is not to suggest that he steals from them).

But the book is wholly his own, and in crafting the misadvent
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TC
This is only the second book of Kosinski's I've read, but I see a pattern already: a story made up of amusing anecdotes and grotesque behavior thrown into a blender of international intrigue that reminds me of Chuck Barris' claims that he used to kill for the CIA. It's all nonsense, and it's all told in a staccato and bland manner, with only a smattering here and there of imagery intended to be artful, except it practically has a neon sign on it announcing it as such. The story also seems cliche ...more
Edward
George Levanter, the protagonist of Blind Date, is enshrouded in a fog that never really dispels. Philanthropist, hero, odious amoralist, fetishist, loner, genius, freak, Mcgyver--who the hell is this guy? Kosinkski drops in on Levanter at various times in his life and presents seemingly arbitrary snippets of a man whose motives are barely hinted at. Levanter is like some kind of James Bond but with some nasty proclivities that are enacted and described with such sang-froid that you can't help b ...more
Mike Gilbert
Kosinski writes such interesting books - vignettes really - slices of life. Generally short and tightly bound, his books often have unusual plots. Not unusual as speculative fiction might be, but rather unusual in terms of their content. They follow a character through a portion of his or her life and explore their world.

In this case, that character is Levantar, a refugee from behind the Iron Curtain who has a made a life for himself in America as an investor. Levantar is not, however, your typi
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Lukasz Pruski
Jerzy Kosinski's "Blind Date" has greatly disappointed me. Perhaps even more than "The Devil Tree" that I have reviewed recently. I have yet to read "The Painted Bird" and "Being There" (presumably his best books), but based on the two mediocre novels, I am not awed by my compatriot's work. Mr. Kosinski clearly has two obsessions: with the rich and famous people and with sex. The latter can be forgiven; it has driven the work of many artists. However, the former is indefensible - it makes large ...more
DoctorM
This is...as bleak and dark and utterly, elegantly nihilist as it gets. Thriller? S/M erotica? Novel of manners? Acid social satire? Novel of utter moral emptiness and random violence? Oh, yes: all that and much, much more. Told in a distinctive, disturbing, affectless voice. This is...powerful and alluring.
Christine
To date my favorite writer. The main character, Levanter, is never really likeable but you can't help but respect him, if only for the lengths he will take for friendship. I couldn't help but wonder as I was reading, how much of Levanter comes from Kosinski.
clare
Whew! What a complex character is George Levanter! From Amazon: "Blind Date is a spectacular and erotically charged psychological novel that shows Jerzy Kosinski, author of Being There and The Painted Bird, at the height of his power. George Levanter is an idea man, a small investor, an international playboy, and a ruthless deal-maker whose life is delivered in a series of scorching encounters, each more incredible than the last. From Moscow to Paris, from a Manhattan skyscraper to a California ...more
Linda
A strange yet erotic book!
Özgün
Blind Date is a weird book. Maybe the most immoral book I read by Kosinski (Getting to know his style though, this is my third read of his books), it tells the story of a modern George Levanter, an investor of somekind. Kosinski does not means "blind date" as it means in a dictionary but a series of events that character has to make moral decisions by the society's rules.

The book, in my opinion, mostly questions the society's influence on our morality and tears the wall of ethics down with a sen
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Jonathan
oh jerzy- back at it again...this is the fourth novel i have read by jerzy. i feel blind date's fundamental similarities to his other works (reading three previously) have dulled the shock value that creates an authentic kosinski work. i read it knowing of his traumatic childhood events (the painted bird), his clever escape from Russia, and the tragic event of how his friends were murdered by the Manson gang. somewhere along the line, i also read that he may or may not have plagiarized some of h ...more
Chuck O'Connor
The "blind date" of the title makes its first appearance as a euphemism for rape, in which the person offering it, describes the criminal act as a necessary method for the male of the human species to relieve himself of the pressure to procreate. It is an awful and jarring description the novel's protagonist, George Levanter, takes to its literal instruction, but he does not encounter release, instead he is left with only unsatisfied guilt, and deep shame. The metaphor of amoral urge framed by t ...more
Jmolentin
This book have every theme, and idea that can be found in the rest of Kosinski's work. Much better than the bird book
Vivienne Strauss
I wanted to complain that the narrator's story of his life was rather disjointed but then I realized that anyone's life could be viewed that way.
Luciano
The story is more a series of vignettes, than an actual story. What makes this books considerably better than most is the authors ability to show life as it really is, a series of peaks and vallys where situations aren't always black and white and when doing the right thing often leads to negative repercussions when none were expected.

Many of the characters and situations are pulled from Kosinski's own life, which follow a non-linear path from his childhood in Eastern Europe to his immigration t
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Diogenes
Loved "Being There", but this was a great disappointment. Just didn't seem to get started, lost interest about 1/3 the way through.
Dracolibris
Recommended by my step-father, a reader who also loves the works of Tom Robbins, it is obvious we have different reading tastes. Besides that, this was a good quick read for a long car drive home, but ti didn't make me want to rush right out and buy some of his "crazier" stuff, which my step-dad said as the way to describe some of his other books.
Edinson Arrieta aguas
Es el primer libro de Kosinski que leo. Siento que debo darle otra oportunidad, y al mismo tiempo siento que leí un libro en donde se mezclaron las anécdotas entretenidas de un personaje del que nunca se presentó una imagen clara. No podría recomendarlo.
Terry
Jul 16, 2012 Terry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
Levantar is the main character/narrator of this novel which is filled with action from cover to cover. There is plenty of sex, violence, and humor. It seems to tell some of the stories of Kosinsk's life; however, at the end of the book Levantar dies in a white-out while skiing in the Alps.
Paul
A fascinating read, with a loosely-tied together narrative, featuring some semi-autobiographical details from Kosinski's life, as well as many fantasies. His characters seem to feel no remorse, which is both fascinating and horrifying to read. It's a very fast read, and a fascinating one.
Brooke
Like nothing I've read before. I picked it up because it said he was a "foremost psychological novelist..."

Hmmm. Now I know what that means.
Hava Liberman
I hate to admit having enjoyed this book, since it is completely twisted. But what can I say? Like Jean Genet he brought a wierd beauty to it.
Víctor
Un James Bond de Europa de este glorificado por el estilo de vida occidental. Un super héroe de moral relajada.
Ellen
Now this is more my level for shocking.... I would love to be part of a book club for this.
Christina knox
Blind date alright. I like this book in the same way I like Neil LaBute movies...
Mark Nichols
More puzzling and winding than his other works, but definitely cut from the same cloth.
Anne
Feb 09, 2009 Anne added it
There is something about his books I love - can't put them down.
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Kosiński was born Josef Lewinkopf to Jewish parents in Łódź, Poland. As a child during World War II, he lived in central Poland under a false identity his father gave him to use, Jerzy Kosiński. A Roman Catholic priest issued him a forged baptismal certificate. The Kosiński family survived the Holocaust thanks to local villagers, who offered assistance to Jewish Poles often at great personal risk ...more
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