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Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

Good as Gold (1979)

by Joseph Heller

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Bruce Gold is a college professor, the youngest son in a crazy Jewish family, and the next Secretary of State. Or maybe not; it's hard to tell. Every time a character says something, the next statement always contradicts it as Heller skewers academia and politics.

Heller is generally known for being a one hit wonder with Catch-22 being his only good book, but I didn't think this one was so bad. I really liked the witty wordplay which made me laugh out loud at times; however, I found I just wasn't able to keep up with the overall message of the novel because it was a little too abstract. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Loved it the first time I read it. ( )
  Thomas_Cannon | Nov 5, 2014 |
Loved it the first time I read it. ( )
  Thomas_Cannon | Nov 5, 2014 |
Loved it the first time I read it. ( )
  Thomas_Cannon | Nov 5, 2014 |
Joseph Heller struck gold with "Catch -22", and sadly hasn't hit anywhere near that speed since. But This novel about the life and career shake-up than ensues when a man is offered a post as Secretary of State is quite entertaining. But the book didn't stick with me afterwards. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 1, 2014 |
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I've got his pecker in my pocket.

- Lyndon B. Johnson

as U.S. Senate Majority Leader
If you ever forget you're a Jew, a gentile will remind you.

- from a story by Bernard Malamud
I dedicate this book
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Gold had been asked many times to write about the Jewish experience in America.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684839741, Paperback)

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.

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Gold accepts a government post in Washington, considers leaving his wife, and all the while he is also searching for material to write his book on the Jewish experience in America, without realizing he is going through that experience.

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