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"'Not until you put the book down do you realize how chilling is the image of ourselves in Kosinski's mirror...It will survive as a seminal work' " -- John Barkham Saturday Review "'Chance, a fabulous creature of our age'" Time "'Being There is a reverse parable, highly polished and patterned to the last twitch of the nerves'" -- Norman Shrapnel Guardian "'A tantalizing knuckle ball of a book delivered with perfectly timed satirical hops and metaphysical flutters'" -- R.Z. Sheppard Time "'Extremely well written. Under the circumstances, I can only urge as many people as possible to rush out and buy it'" -- Auberon Waugh Spectator --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Chauncey Gardiner is the great enigma: a hero of the American media. TV loves him; print pursues him. He is a household face. He is the one everybody is talking about, though nobody knows what HE is talking about. No one knows where he has come from, but everybody knows he has come to money, power and sex. Was he led to all this by the lovely, well-connected wife of a dying Wall Street tycoon? Or is Chauncey Gardiner riding the waves all by himself because, like a TV image, he floated into the world buoyed up by a force he did not see and could not name? Does he know something we don't? Will he fail? Will he ever be unhappy? The reader must decide.
"Being There is one of those rare books which echoes in the mind long after you have finished it. It will survive as a seminal work of the Seventies."--New York Post. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Very clever and well-written comment on the positive side of human nature. The secondary characters all give Chance the benefit of every doubt and attribute to him their own... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gerald B. Keane
Chance, the old mans gardener since a child, has never known life outside the garden wall, or his room with a bathroom and TV. Read morePublished 5 months ago by An admirer of Saul
Fast read. If you enjoyed the movie you will enjoy the book.
I was a little disappointed they didn't elaborate more on Chance's early life.
I thought I was ordering a new book. This book is a piece of junk. It is very used ragged. It is in Spanish. I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH!!!!Published 7 months ago by William Johnson
Had to read it for school. It is an interesting story. I just didn't care for the main female character E.E. Still it was probable a better book than i give it credit for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chucks Daughter