God Knows

God Knows

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by Joseph Heller
     
 

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Joseph Heller's powerful, wonderfully funny, deeply moving novel is the story of David — yes, King David — but as you've never seen him before. You already know David as the legendary warrior king of Israel, husband of Bathsheba, and father of Solomon; now meet David as he really was: the cocky Jewish kid, the plagiarized poet, and the Jewish father.

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Joseph Heller's powerful, wonderfully funny, deeply moving novel is the story of David — yes, King David — but as you've never seen him before. You already know David as the legendary warrior king of Israel, husband of Bathsheba, and father of Solomon; now meet David as he really was: the cocky Jewish kid, the plagiarized poet, and the Jewish father. Listen as David tells his own story, a story both relentlessly ancient and surprisingly modern, about growing up and growing old, about men and women, and about man and God. It is quintessential Heller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684841250
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/12/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
387,604
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Good as Gold, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time, and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in 1999.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 1, 1923
Date of Death:
December 12, 1999
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:
East Hampton, New York
Education:
New York University, B.A. in English, Phi Beta Kappa, 1948<br> Columbia University, M.A., 1949

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God Knows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In one word, hysterical. Brings to life the story of King David that at times can make you laugh out loud while making you think and accessing your emotions brilliantly. Though it isn't for the faint of heart, if you don't mind dirty humor, it's definitely worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bible only more sex and curse words. This novel is vibrant with the retelling of King David's story. Just hysterical. But, like all Joseph Heller books, it is a book that jumps through different times. One scene will take place many different times, but somehow hold different meanings. The voice of this book is so bitter and matter-of-factly that you can not not think that you are reading one of the most original novels ever written. Joseph knew something when he wrote this novel. It is the most beautiful story I have ever been told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
in god knows, heller brings his sense of humor and applies it via the voice of King David. satire and farce are heavilty applied in the way that heller is so well known for in his take on what the old testament was really all about. heller takes his shot at christianity by comparing it's modern incarnations with the portrayal of man's relationship with god as described in the old testament. insight and invective abound. and the two, as combined by heller, make for a entertaining concoction.