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God Knows Paperback – November 12, 1997
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It's a crime and a sin that Heller never won the Pulitzer Prize. He should have, many times over, if for no other reason than his body of work clearly shows that humor can be just as effective a statement on the human condition as something that makes you want to slash your wrists. "God Knows" is a breathtaking take on the maddeningly complicated and all too human life of King David. Heller brings King David, in all his complexity, to life as no one else ever has. David, in his dotage, is here in all facets of his character--the adulterer, murderer, consummate politician, cranky and disappointed Jewish father, and one-time confidant of God.
The book is a jaw-dropping accomplishment on a hundred different levels. It's a classic work of humor, damn fine erotica, and where Heller got the audacity to interweave David's story from a perspective that uses time the way Escher used space (David kvetches about his statue by Michelangelo, continually rails against that second-rate hack William Shakespeare, sighs about there being no amniocentesis when Abigail was pregnant with Chileab, and refuses to buy Bathsheba a word processor), God knows.
But the real accomplishment of God Knows is that it illustrates just how timeless the really great stories are. David's story has as much to say about the human condition today as it did in 1000 B.C.--but it takes a genius to show us how. Fortunately, Heller was a genius.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Almost as good as Catch 22! Just dont think your getting a biblical commentary, more like your getting "the rest of the story"Published 11 days ago by R B
Excellent book - love the writing style. Humorous, sarcastic, well-written. I read Catch-22 and it wasn't anything like this. I'm loving it!Published 7 months ago by G. Warnock
I love this book. I think it's funnier than Catch-22; however, I am aware that some people may find it offensive.Published 14 months ago by William Plumlee
I can see why this book isn't for everyone. It's unique. The story of the old testament, told by King David while on his deathbed. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Nelson
I appreciated the cynical humour in the book to explain the biblical situationsPublished 19 months ago by David
This was a disappointing book. It was long on sex and short on being a gripping read. Maybe its me, but I thought it was boring, a slog.Published on October 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer