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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 15th 1999
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
On my periodic exploration of the classics, I chose Being There on a whim. Not knowing what to expect I was a happily surprised by this lovely, elegantly written short story about a man who was everything to all people without being anything at all. At least that's what I got from it. I felt Being T...
Now I have to go see the movie again. The book and the movie end differently and after reading the book, I will have to agree with the author and not the movie maker as to the ending. The movie maker was a bit too heavy handed. Hoffman was the perfect narrator. 5 stars. Spot on!
Then again, is this not just a long version of the propinquity effect, as described, it's said, in a short story about Doby Gillis? Aren't social networks a pale, frustrating and addictive replacement for simply being there?
Por mucho que ame al gran Peter Sellers desde que tengo memoria, voy a admitir que el libro es muchísimo mejor que la pelicula protagonizada por él.Sencillo y desopilante. Raras veces carcajeo leyendo un libro pero este me gano completamente. Bien escrito, original y, a pesar de lo bizarro de la his...