Good as Gold

Kindle Good as Gold There is no way to create another Catch so Good as Gold isn t as good as gold probably it is as goo

Kindle Good as Gold There is no way to create another Catch-22 so Good as Gold isn’t as good as gold, probably it is as good as tin at best.“Gold had little doubt he would succeed in Washington if once given the chance, for he was a master at diplomacy and palace intrigue. He was the department's deadliest strategist in the conflict now raging to attract students to subjects in liberal arts from other divisions of the college and to subjects in English from other departments in liberal arts.”Should a professor and author of many unread, seminal articles in small journals go for a political career? No. Never. Otherwise he would be just a subject for a mediocre and insipid novel such as Good as Gold.. Good as Gold are Books Bruce Gold, a middle aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less than picture perfect life His children think little of him, his intimidating father endlessly bullies him, and his wife is so oblivious that she doesn t even noticeBruce Gold, a middle aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less than picture perfect life His children think little of him, his intimidating father endlessly bullies him, and his wife is so oblivious that she doesn t even notice he s left her As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grown old, and friends and lovers grown apart a story that is inimitably Heller.. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia Even as a child, he loved to write at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next year working as a blacksmith s apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S Army Air Corps Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B 25 bombardier Heller later remembered the war as fun in the beginning You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it On his return home he felt like a hero People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs See also enpedia wiki Joseph_H. Bestseller Books Good as Gold "Good as Gold" is pretty much as good as Heller gets in the rarefied air of "Catch 22" and "Something Happened." Clearly, this novelist ranks among the finest American satirists and performs a great service to readers insofar as satirists not only speak truth to corrupt power but diminish it by rendering it laughable. One is apt less to fear and consent to sinister forces which become imbecilic. The premise for the narrative is about a Jewish intellectual named Gold who is invited to become Secretary of State and the tragicomic series of events which lead him to a decision point about the importance of striving for vast and even absolute power. Like "Catch 22" it is government bureaucracy and ineptness which catch the major blows of Heller's narrative. The antics of Congress provide a sufficiently ample context for the absurdity of power portrayed in "Good as Gold." One wonders what tragic flaws exist in people who seek power relentlessly on a grand scale: is it egomania, narcissism, greed, materialism, wealth, control or all of the above? Is our Congress with some notable exceptions not on the whole a National Museum of Egomania? The dialogue in this novel is witty and laugh out-loud pithy in its portrayal of those who pursue with a single minded obsession their will to power within the structure of government. Why isn't the will to power understood for the inherent human defects that its pursuit proves so ubiquitously? Don't we have more than enough examples from human history which make this point evident, even obvious, especially when self-interest and arrogance become central in the noxious stew of greed driving the will to power. Are arrogant people only able to detect it retrospectively after their descent, whether forced or unforced, into humility? Is greed evident only after wealth is driven into poverty? Is humanity a necessary casualty and blind spot for individuals who pursue wealth above all on a grand scale? How much money and power are enough? Has anyone read Goethe's "Faust"? Heller's second premise for the novel is to write a book about what it means to experience being a Jew in America in the 20th century. His portrait of life in New York among an extended Jewish family is telling and intriguing. It is a narrative about the experience of bigotry, stereotyping and profiling. The dialogue in this novel is absolutely masterful and Heller pulls no punches. Like Yossarian we find in Gold a man bewildered by the absurdity of the society in which he is immersed. In this sense Gold becomes an everyman trying to make sense of unfathomable forces in everyday life. Gold reminded me of the protagonist, John Self, of Martin Amis in "Money" in that one of the greatest absurdities is why he behaves as he does. If Gold were malevolent, his villainy by virtue of his behavior would steal any sympathy which a generous reader might bestow upon such a highly intelligent but fundamentally flawed protagonist. It is the bewilderment and ineptitude and brilliance of the protagonists of Heller's novels which intrigue readers as they are all Heller himself: a man intellectually at war with himself and his own society, a Hobbesian jungle run by fools masquerading as saviors within an arrogant, democratic bastion of civilization. The novel starts slowly and will reward patient readers and it ends somewhat abruptly with intriguing story lines abruptly closed down as if Heller after 445 pages realized his book was becoming longish and he was tired of writing it. Heller ranks in the Pantheon of American writers of the extraordinary caliber of Saul Bellow and Kurt Vonnegut. Read this great novel for the pure comic wit evident in the story line, characters and dialogue -- then take away everything else that Heller generously offers to reward judicious readers.

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Joseph Heller was the son of poor Jewish parents from Russia Even as a child, he loved to write at the age of eleven, he wrote a story about the Russian invasion of Finland He sent it to New York Daily News, which rejected it After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941, Heller spent the next year working as a blacksmith s apprentice, a messenger boy, and a filing clerk In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S Army Air Corps Two years later he was sent to Italy, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B 25 bombardier Heller later remembered the war as fun in the beginning You got the feeling that there was something glorious about it On his return home he felt like a hero People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs See also enpedia wiki Joseph_H

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  1. Good as Gold is pretty much as good as Heller gets in the rarefied air of Catch 22 and Something Happened Clearly, this novelist ranks among the finest American satirists and performs a great service to readers insofar as satirists not only speak truth to corrupt power but diminish it by rendering it laughable One is apt less to fear and consent to sinister forces which become imbecilic The premise for the narrative is about a Jewish intellectual named Gold who is invited to become Secretary of [...]


  2. There is no way to create another Catch 22 so Good as Gold isn t as good as gold, probably it is as good as tin at best Gold had little doubt he would succeed in Washington if once given the chance, for he was a master at diplomacy and palace intrigue He was the department s deadliest strategist in the conflict now raging to attract students to subjects in liberal arts from other divisions of the college and to subjects in English from other departments in liberal arts Should a professor and aut [...]


  3. Heller can do no wrong This book is funny in all the right ways It may prove reminiscent of Catch 22 but is really quite different The plot, for instance, is way mundane and easy to follow, so you would not be worth your salt at all if you gave up reading a masterpiece like this The writing is top notch, the characters and situations are simultaneously hilarious and piquantly sorrowful It s got a playful edge to it, as well Heller puts in references to himself, and it seems like this is a book [...]


  4. I have mixed feelings about this book I read Catch 22 in college in the late 60 s and thought it was one of the best books I had ever read Now some 50 years later I still regard Catch 22 as a great book but never knew anything about Heller s later work I recently discovered this book and when I learned it was a political satire I purchased it I thought this book just might be what I needed to put all of vehemence of our current election into a proper humorous perspective Sadly, I have been disap [...]


  5. I was definitely not a fan of this book Heller s writing style is fine, but I did not care for the story It was vulgar and had only one character with any redeeming qualities, who was basically the victim The main character is selfish, immoral, petty, and just about any other bad attribute you can think of He s a jerk His family is a bunch of jerks His peers are a bunch of jerks Only his wife is kind and decent, yet, he lies and cheats on her repeatedly The book was supposed to be a humorous loo [...]


  6. Far from being as good as gold, this book was bad Very bad It might have been readable if you like reading about annoying Jewish families, don t care if no one in the book is likable, and find contradictory politicians endlessly amusing I only finished it because I wanted to see if it could possibly get worse It did Heller broke his narrative near the end to make a meta statement about what he should have his character do Later, he writes several options for a sentence and doesn t clear up which [...]


  7. So far loving this Heard Heller s daughter interviewed on NYT Book Review podcast Tanenhaus said something about this being laugh out loud funny and after twenty pages he s been proven right The first scene is an excruciating Jewish family dinner Now Kissinger is somehow in the mix I want to take the phone off the hook or turn it off or whatever you do these days I want to get into bed with some kugel and read this and laugh and wince I haven t read Heller since SOMETHING HAPPENED came out and I [...]


  8. Heller takes on the government and the Jewish experience in America Heller knows how write about the mundane interactions between people, find the irony, and make it an involving story This may be Heller s most autobiographical work Good as Gold is Heller at his acerbic, sarcastic and flippant best.


  9. I loved this book There were several times I laughed out loud I rate Good as Gold as good as Catch 22, albeit the plot is not nearly as complicated as some of Heller s earlier works.A must read for anyone likes satire and sharp dialogue.


  10. Joseph Heller is superb The writing is satirical, the characters are awful people and the situation is all too familiar If you ve ever felt stressed out and annoyed by your family, if you ve ever felt mislead and confused by your government, this book is for you I laughed the whole way through.




  11. Follows the same path as Something Happened Satire filled to brim with pathos, cynicism and humor One man s life as he interacts with a specific industry politics Washington while being Jewish It s fun, funny and funnily factual Heller is great as the grand absurdist drawing out the illogical nature of human relationships This is no Catch 22 It had far memorable characters This is no Something Happened It had a far sadder ending This by virtue of its context, is a funny sad look into the Jewish [...]


  12. Some parts are fantastic, but on the whole there is too much alienation and repetition in it and there are so much better books on the same contradictions of American Jewish life by Philip Roth


  13. I now have three Heller novels under my belt, and I swear it seems like each time I ve cracked one his books, I m reading a different author There are some tell tale mannerisms that give him away, but each work is very distinct.The first was Catch 22 , and as the first, now feels to me like Classic Heller, where obliviously dense characters talk around in circles to demonstrate the senselessness of war Next came Something Happened , which felt like Updike Heller, in which we follow around a midd [...]


  14. Originally published on my blog here in April 2003.Heller s third novel reads almost as though it were the book of a Woody Allen film It is about the Jewish experience in the US in the late seventies, and contains much of the same kind of bitter sweet humour so common in Allen s work Good as Gold centres around a second generation American Jew, Bruce Gold, who is entering middle age and who is desperate to be taken seriously as a writer, as a family member particularly by his irascible father an [...]


  15. or The Pains of Not Being Saul Bellow This is such a mess of jarring modes from overly conspicuous satire to outraged liberal arts polemic to Jewish family saga The satire is second fiddle Terry Southern Diet Southern which appears to re iterate the same one note gag all too numerously The anger Heller mounts towards Henry Kissinger is just too obvious it takes a classical, outraged liberal perspective that we could get anywhere file next to Philip Roth and Oliver Stone under obvious liberal pol [...]


  16. This book is a typical Heller in its absolute atypical writing style Heller brews a powerful concoction of a humor, wit, family, sentiment, tragedy, politics, deception and outright crazy This tale is about Washington DC, the Jewish Experience, Family ties, Aspirations and somewhere about Henry Kissinger Bruce Gold is the protagonist a jewish professor author, in a high position with the Govt though not sure what , part of a big family that he doesn t understand and constantly in wonderment abou [...]


  17. Oh dear The plot is about a middle aged Jewish academic Erm, notice any similarity to the author at the time he wrote it The protagonist s offer of a high profile job Secretary of State could be seen as an event somewhat similar in impact to one s life as publishing a classic like Catch 22.I remember talking with Jonathan Myerson about this in class He said that he and his wife have a pact she shoots him if he starts writing about a middle aged writer.According to , the novel is well regarded by [...]


  18. SPOILER This book is shit.Dear Joseph,I wanted to like this book I REALLY wanted to like it but I just couldn t The characters are about as forgettable as a new years eve hook up, and with about as much depth and endearment I.E none a point of note for the sobre types C22 is, rather standardly, one of my favourites but this has completely put me off Heller Throughout the book I couldn t help thinking that the jokes were all so forced, obvious and just plain unwitty.The Good as Gold running gag a [...]


  19. I started out thinking that this book was okay, definitely not one of Heller s best, but witty and insightful in parts That opinion changed when I was nearly two thirds through This book is 500 pages long, but I swear it only has three of four ideas jokes that it repeats over and over and over and over and over AND OVER to nauseating effect Jokes that were funny the first twenty times became depressing after the five thousandth repetition And then there were all those digressions about Kissenger [...]


  20. To me, this book was a fairly loving portrait of a Jewish family, even with all of Joseph Heller s satire, and the obnoxiousness for which he portrays almost of its characters.But if you loved Catch 22, you ll probably be disappointed by this novel The highest rating it gets probably is that it is not bad.


  21. Did I love it Nah.Did I hate it Nah I was left wishing I knew a lot about Henry Kissinger, and feeling like I was on the outer of a lot of jokes A lengthier review s over on my blog.


  22. Gave it 2 stars because I can t rate Heller lower but this was a disappointment The main character is a jerk, his family and friends are idiots and the plot is neither believable nor amusing and if it can t be one it should be the other.


  23. All I can think about is that line from Hannah and Her Sisters How am I supposed to know why there was a holocaust I don t know how the can opener works


  24. This is one of my favorite Heller s books It is really funny, I especially liked the White House politics It is way better than Something Happen.


  25. It had its moments of beautiful Hellerian irony absurdism However, there were also segments where I felt the narrative dragged due to being bogged down in political ranting details of social commentary Overall, I liked Catch 22 better, but am satisfied that I finally had the opportunity to read this Wouldn t read it again, tho.


  26. en blandning av tre delar politisk satir som catch 22, roligt familjedrama som bara r irriterande och f r mig helt verklighetfr mmande judesk mt boken r bitvis s uppblandad med jiddisch att det r helt ol sligt.


  27. Bruce Gold feels like the renewed Yossarian and that s fine The family scenes carry you through this novel, and while you don t necessarily need to care about the plot to enjoy it, the plot might be too simple and strange for the average reader.



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