- Good as Gold
Infobox Book |
name = Good As Gold
image_caption = First edition cover
language = English
Simon and Schuster
release_date = 1979
media_type = Print (
pages = 447 pp (first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 0-671-22923-0 (first edition, hardback)
followed_by = God Knows
"Good as Gold" is a 1979 novel by
Joseph Heller, author of "Catch-22".
Bruce Gold, a Jewish, middle-aged English university professor and author of many unread, seminal articles in small journals, residing in Manhattan, is offered the chance for success, fame and fortune in Washington D.C. as the country's "first ever" Jewish Secretary of State. But, he must face the consequences of this, such as divorcing his wife and alienating his family, the thought of which energizes him and makes him cringe at the same time. Furthermore, he's faced with the task of writing about the Jewish experience in America, but isn't sure he's lived it and thus has to figure out what it is, not knowing that he was invariably going to describe his own life.
Literary significance & criticism
The novel is well regarded by fans and critics alike, viewed as a return to the gag and verbal play that Heller established in "
Catch-22" and abandoned in the name of the scathing sarcasm and the darker story in " Something Happened". It's a much brighter story than his previous one with a slightly happier ending for the protagonist, whereas the predecessor is about the loss of optimism and hope. Having disposed in this way of the army in "Catch-22" and the corporation in "Something Happened", Heller in "Good as Gold" now took on the American government in similar terms.
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