Thursday, July 15, 1993

Good As Gold

by Joseph Heller

The trials and tribulations of one Bruce Gold, professor and possible Secretary of State. While not up to Heller's masterpiece Catch-22, of course, this is a solid satire. In fact, it mixes surreal, sharp humor with passages of pure political barbs and with passages of straight emotion – what it's like growing up Jewish, being Jewish in America, the family's recollections and tribulations, etc. The last part was particularly moving. Although I am a bit of a sap as a reader – I like to see a happy ending, even if in this case Bruce doesn't really deserve one.

four stars

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