Birth date: June 14, 1933
Died: May 03, 1991
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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?
Opening: In the first weeks of World War II, in the fall of 1939, a six-year-old boy from a large city in Eastern Europe was sent by his parents, like thousands of other children, to the shelter of a distant village. A man traveling eastward agreed for a substantial payment to find temporary foster ...
Is this worthy of five stars? Yes. Will I concur with that rating? No.This is a five star book I refuse to ever speak of again. It ripped my soul and I choose not to revisit that exquisite experience - ever.Damage yourself at your own risk.