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ISBN-13: 978-0060088897 ISBN-10: 0060088893

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060088893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060088897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Wilder's The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and films. (His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of Doubt [1943] remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day.) Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.


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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975) is an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Wilder's Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly! He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, opera, and film. His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943) remains a classic psychological thriller to this day. Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was finished with this book before I really knew that I'd started it. It has a light, easy flow and a gentle sense of humor. It features George Brush, who is profoundly religious and tries his best to live up to the standards he sets for himself. What makes the story worth reading is that you always want to see what he is going to say next; despite his odd way of looking at the world, at heart George truly wants to help people and live a life of love and goodness. He speaks out against injustice and wrongdoing and is quick to defend his own traditionalist views. The fact that so many people are so quick to judge and misunderstand him, and that the people who do understand him benefit from knowing him, seems to be what the book is trying to get across. No matter how crazy or misguided he seems, he is a better person than the average Joe who never takes the time to think about his impact on the world.
There is a very subtle ironic humor pervading this book; it is impossible to miss, but Wilder never makes a clown out of his protagonist. Instead one is left with the feeling that George really does make the world a better place, though he has an eccentric way of accomplishing this goal. What I had thought was going to be a stinging kind of satire about an evangelical young man ended up being a wistful satire more about the people who judge such a man than about the man himself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
George Brush, a traveling book salesman, is the American version of the Protestant saint: opinionated, narrowminded, selfless, literal-minded, priggish, and brave, Brush is the truly good man whom no one can stomach or ignore. Wilder's writing is strong, and his portrayal of Brush is very comical. The scene of his religious conversion in college, which is instantaneous after listening to a woman evangelist, who also happens to be a drug addict, is marvelous. Likewise his "marriage of convenience" (for him).

It's a fun book, though there are serious undertones throughout. George gets depressed and thinks the whole world is crazy except for him and wonders why God is "so slow in changing the world." Finally, Brush is not very smart, not very passionate, but he IS good, and perhaps, Wilder suggests, that's enough. One of Wilder's best novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilfong on January 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Heaven's My Destination" is a rather unexpected novel. I read it quickly, although I found the book to be "slow", and after it was done it stuck with me for quite some time. That seems to be the motif for my reading of Wilder's novels.
And I love them!
I am a little disappointed at how many reviewers want to call this book a satire, despite the fact that Mr. Wilder went to great lengths to point out that the novel is not a satire at all. The story follows a fundamentalist traveling salesman named George Brush whose philosophies and non malicious ignorance get him in one sad situation after another. George Brush is a good man, although I was often very irritated at his simplemindedness and frustrated at his sometimes idiotic views about certain religious topics. However that is exactly the response Wilder wanted to elicit in the reader. George Brush is only 23 in the book, and recently converted to Christianity, and he has all of the joy and stupidity of a recent convert. Wilder said about his novel's protagonist that he "is everybody when they are young", and the novel's ending is a perfect climax for the next stage of Brush's life and one that Wilder lets the reader decide for themselves.
At its heart "Heaven's My Destination" is about a man who sees the world as a very ugly place, and is bound and determined to try to make the parts of it that he comes into contact with better. He is idealistic, naïve, and maybe even deluded...but so what? He hurts no one and is striving to make the world better in some way.
George Brush is really the only fleshed out character in the novel, although each chapter is peopled with many cameo characters that appear and then are gone. It is to Wilder's great credit as a writer that they come across, for the most part, as very real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By speedbird57 on April 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"Of all the various forms of genius, goodness has the longest awkward age".

"I didn't put myself through 4 years of college and then undergo a difficult religious conversion to have ideas like everyone else."

"I feel like a roughhouse."

"why should we quarrel?"

""Don't torment that poor boy!"

"Madam, I should thank you if you would attend to the running of your household and I shall attend to this courtroom!".

"I understand", he said slowly. "everything you say is a joke." [I was THRILLED recently when someone said those exact words *to me*].

"Every one of 'em'll give you a great big thrill." [ I use that one almost every day, myself].

"I'd marry him in a minute. But he hasn't asked me."

"I shouldn't hate anyone."

This book is a national treasure, and will delight anyone who enjoyed the ambiance of _Miller's Crossing_. Imagine it as a film with the sets designed by the Coen Brothers, set in 1934. The scene in the railroad car where Brush 'loses' his grip is a slice of Americana that should be preserved.
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