Good as Gold

Good as Gold

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by Joseph Heller
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684839745
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/12/1997
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
663,737
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(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 (the sequel to Catch-22), and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in December 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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Good as Gold 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In classic Heller fashion, this book dives into deep issues while keeping a lighthearted honesty and cruising along with absolutely absurd dialogue. Bruce Gold, an English professor and writer, gets a job offer from the White House. This offer, however, sends his life into a spinning loop, where he is offered everything and guaranteed nothing. The heart of the book is in Gold's family, whose quirky and always interesting meetings are impossible to forget. His father, Julius Gold, has a contempt for Bruce simply because he is not his brother Sid. His stepmother has a contempt for him simply because he is there. The whole family does not understand him (even though many times he is purposely saying highly intellectual things) and their arguments are, well, gold. The book also does a wonderful job of portraying the US government as a highly organized children's daycare center. No one accomplishes anything, it is full of nonsense talk, yet they all feel very good about themselves. Gold struggles with this as an intelligent man in a very absurd place. At times the book does seem to drag on, which is why it gets a three star instead of four. This is apparent especially when discussing the book that Gold is attempting to write on his Jewish American experience. Also, his relationship to a younger woman he met in DC is bland and uneventful. Also, the book doesn't seem to come towards any reasonable end, and Heller seems to throw in an event in lieu of any real ending to the story. But Heller's contradictory humor and ability to show the inability of communication (much like in Catch-22) is strong, which makes this worth your time. It may not be as Good as Gold, but it is worthy of at least a bronze, possibly silver.