Being There

Being There

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by Jerzy Kosinski
     
 

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A modern classic now available from Grove Press, Being There is one of the most popular and significant works from a writer of international stature. It is the story of Chauncey Gardiner - Chance, an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy adviser, and a media icon.

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A modern classic now available from Grove Press, Being There is one of the most popular and significant works from a writer of international stature. It is the story of Chauncey Gardiner - Chance, an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy adviser, and a media icon. Truly "a man without qualities," Chance's straightforward responses to popular concerns are heralded as visionary. But though everyone is quoting him, no one is sure what he's really saying. And filling in the blanks in his background proves impossible. Being There is a brilliantly satiric look at the unreality of American media culture that is, if anything, more trenchant now than ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802136343
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Kosinski, Jerzy Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
537,961
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Being There 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chance was a gardener for a very rich man. He did not know where he was born or who his parents were: all he knew was his garden and his room--and his T. V. T. V. was all he knew about life. He never learned to read or write. A maid fed him everyday and all he did was tend his garden. One day, his master died and as since there were no beneficiaries to the estate, lawyers come and Chance, unable yo prove his employment--for that matter who he is-- is forced to leave the house for the first time in his life. He packs a suitcase with belongings of his prior master's clothes--and within a few feet from the house he is involved in an car accident with EE, the second young wife of Benjamin Rand--a business magnate and an adviser to the President of the USA. To prevent a scandal, Chance is asked to recover at the Rand's from his injuries. This chance accident makes Chance hang out with the President. Chance gets to advise him on the economy as if he were tending his garden. This sound so profound and fresh that Chance--under the new name of Chancey Gardiner--becomes a celebrity. As he becomes a bigger personality, Chance gets TV interviews and mixes with ambassador--no one can figure amything about his past. Jerzy Kosinskt's masterpiece farce is a fascinating read and a convincing metaphor that the best politicians are those that have no skills or background. Considering George W. Bush election and re-election it may not be so fictional at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Being There' is a difficult state (of mind) to maintain. Chance-the-gardener, so aptly named, stays in the immediacy of the moment, with only his TV experience as a reference for his reactions to life. If you can't find the book to read, see the movie: Peter Sellers is his usual amazing self and shares The Funniest Sex Scene Ever Filmed with a stunning Shirley MacLaine. Enjoy! - and learn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it in one sitting and couldn't get enough. It's one of my top five favorite books. I gave Being There to all my friends last Christman
Guest More than 1 year ago
An enthralling tale which translated well onto the big screen. The tale of an ordinary gardener with extraordinary charisma was a true page turner.
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