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God Knows Paperback – November 12, 1997
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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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.
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I loved Catch 22 and Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man. I know that Heller has a tendency to ramble, but he's usually funny and develops fascinating characters. Read morePublished 7 days ago by R Peterson
Not what I thought I would be getting. Does not hold my attention and have not finished the book yet. It certainly helps to know your bible history.Published 2 months ago by purplemom
Almost as good as Catch 22! Just dont think your getting a biblical commentary, more like your getting "the rest of the story"Published 5 months 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 12 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 19 months ago by William Plumlee