Being There

Being There 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 eni

  • Title: Being There
  • Author: Jerzy Kosiński
  • ISBN: 9780802136343
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • Being There

    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 manA 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, trenchant now than ever.

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    1. Glenn Russell

      If you listen to audio books you will enjoy this classic performance by Dustin Hoffman. Perhaps you are familiar with the film based on the novel; if you are unfamiliar with the short novel itself, here's your chance to experience a truly insightful and compelling work of literature through the voice of an outstanding actor. And from what author Jersy Koskinski writes in the first few pages, a reasonable take on the back-story goes like this: main character Chance’s mother died in childbirth, [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani

      Being There, Jerzy Kosińskiتاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول ماه دسامبر سال 2014 میلادیعنوان: بودن؛ نویسنده: یرژی کاشینسکی؛ برگردان: مهسا ملک مرزبان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، آموت، 1393، در 136 ص، شابک: 9786005941524؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 مرمان «بودن» درباره باغبانی چهل ساله است که پس از مرگ صا [...]

    3. Glenn Sumi

      Kosinski's 1970 satire about a simple gardener who rises to become an influential political pundit, commentator and presidential advisor is considered a classic, and rightly so.It's especially relevant today, when the level of nonsensical wankery by our leaders or so-called celebrities has reached an art form. Chance/Chauncey's "wisdom" he dispenses from his knowledge of gardening or his constant watching of TV is consistently amusing – as are the reactions of the people around him. Kosinski w [...]

    4. KamRun

      کسی که گفته "ترجیح می‌دهم خوش‌شانس باشم تا یک آدم خوب" بینش عمیقی به زندگی داشته. مردم از روبرو شدن با این حقیقت که بخش عمده‌ای از حوادث زندگی به شانس بستگی داره می‌ترسند. تصور اینکه چیزهای زیادی در زندگی خارج از کنترل ما هستند هراس آوره. در مسابقه تنیس لحظاتی هست که توپ به بال [...]

    5. Amir

      سه چهار سال پیش توی یکی از شب‌های بد زندگیم به طور اتفاقی فیلمی رو دیدم که حالم رو از این رو به اون رو کرد. پیتر سلرز تو اون فیلم نقش باغبون بی‌نام و نشونی رو بازی می‌کرد که همه‌ی عمرش رو تو خونه‌ی یکی باغبونی کرده بود. «چنسی گاردینر» تو همه‌ی زندگیش از اون خونه بیرون نیومده ب [...]

    6. MJ Nicholls

      Peter Sellers’s last (and best?) performance was in Being There—directed by Hal Ashby with Kosiński’s screenplay—one of my favourite American tragicomedies. The original novella compresses the meat of the movie into straightforward and simple chapters, mimicking the simple mind of Chance, the anonymous simpleton whose plain-talking homilies propel him into the top of American life within four days. The film brings the character of Chance into being through Peter Sellers, who expands upo [...]

    7. FrancoSantos

      Primer libro que leo de Jerzy Kosiński, y qué gran sorpresa. Chance Gardiner, jardinero e inadaptado social, es hallado por una sucesión de hechos completamente satírica y delirante en una trama que lo va llevando progresivamente hacia las más altas esferas de la sociedad, todo eso sin siquiera saber leer y escribir. Nadie sabe quién es y todos encuentran sabiduría en sus muy escuetas palabras, aunque Chance apenas entienda lo que le dicen. Divertido, bien escrito y mordaz. A pesar de su [...]

    8. TK421

      At a scant 128 pages, this is a small book with enormous implications. Although written in the seventies (with a movie starring Peter Sellers in the eighties), the storyline is very prescient today. Before reading this slim novel, think about the myriad of ways people continue to infer incorrectly important issues, or how they get their information pertaining an issue. A slender gem that needs to be read by all. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    9. Ray

      Chance is a gardener in the house of the "Old Man", a job that he has had for as long as he can remember. Chance is uneducated, he cannot read or write, and he has never been outside the garden. He watches television obsessively.Then the old man dies. His executors close up the old man's estate and send Chance out into the world. He is wholly unprepared. A series of improbable events propel Chance into the upper echelons of American society. He meets business leaders, the President, foreign amba [...]

    10. Gerald

      Kosinski was one of my instructors in college. He taught a seminar on Camus and Sartre.I remember he said, "The only moment of true freedom I ever experience was on airplane suspended between the two collectives."The movie version was excellent but with much of the thematic weight of the book missing. And it's not that the book is too voluminous. That part is just unfilmable.

    11. Ghazal Kazemi

      کتاب از واقعیت تلخ فاصله گرفته بود تا بهتر بتونه نقش آفرینی شخصیت اول که نمایانگر انسان واقعی هست رو ممکن کنه، این حالت برای من یادآور مرد فیل نما بود که توی ۱۲ سالگی خوندم و با توجه به سنم از همچین فضایی لذت بردم اما الآن این حالت یه مقدار برام غیر قابل درک بود ولی نویسنده خیلی [...]

    12. Teresa Proença

      Adoro Jerzy Kosinski!Tudo o que este homem escreveu é Magnífico!Inteligente Ousado Polémico Absorvente Emocionante Dramático Divertido Louco Demoníaco e tudo o mais que seja Bom!É possível que um pobre tipo, ingénuo, analfabeto e que, sem fazer o mínimo de esforço, consiga alcançar as maiores honras e um lugar de topo na sociedade? Kosinski diz que sim e eu acredito nele. Um fato de bom pano e corte, uma conversa de leitura ambígua e propícia a ser interpretada conforme as conveniê [...]

    13. Mohammad

      آنگاه که کسی مخاطب دیگران و یا طرف توجه سایرین قرار می گیرد، خیالش راحت میشود .در این هنگام اعمال فرد توسط سایرین به همان نوعی تفسیر میشود که آنان رفتارهای خود را تفسیر می کنند.هیچگاه سایرین بیش از آنچه درباره ی خود می دانند درباره ی دیگران نمی دانند.

    14. Maciek

      Very different from other novels by Kosinski. After the death of his employer, Chance, the gardener, is forced to leave the mansion where he lived all his life - and he has never left it before. Unaccustomed to the booming City and lively street, he is jostled by a car. The woman travelling in the car offer to take him into her house, so her doctor can take care of him. While Chance gets back to health, both the woman and her husband start discovering extraordinary qualities that he posesses.Ver [...]

    15. Fateme

      آنگاه که کسی مخاطب دیگران و یا طرف توجه سایرین قرار میگیرد، خیالش راحت می شود.در این هنگام اعمال فرد توسط سایرین به همان نوعی تفسیر می شود که آنان رفتار های خود را تفسیر می کنند. هیچگاه سایرین بیش از آنچه درباره ی خود می دانند درباره ی دیگران نمی دانند. تا زمانی که ریشه ها خشک نش [...]

    16. Hengameh

      یکی از خوب ترین کتابای کوتاهی بود که خوندمبه تصویر کشیدن یه انسان ناب،دست نخورده، وصل به طبیعتآدمی که با دوری از آدم ها به مقام انسان اصیل نائل شده!!راست گویی ساده انگارانه ی شخصیت اول و در مقابل برداشت دغل بازانه و سیاست مدارانه از هر حرف ساده ، چیزی که از خوندنش تو کتاب لذت بر [...]

    17. ارغوان بیرق گلگون بهار

      یه اثر ساده ولی در عین حال شاهکار!میتونه به آدم یاد بده که صداقت و راستگویی چقدر خوب و تاثرگذاره.فقط متاسفانه پایانش پر از علامت سواله!

    18. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

      I read Being There in my infancy, prior most likely to my familiarity with Herr Heidegger.I saw the film last night, the one staring Peter Sellars.(view spoiler)[Chance is not Jesus (hide spoiler)] no matter what Melvyn Douglas's granddaughter (on the dvd extras) has to say. It is indeed possible to entirely, and at an angle of 180°, misinterpret a piece of literature. Sometimes one needn't pay attention because one always already knows what They say and so does one.

    19. Paul

      I'd never read any Kosinski before and only bought this book as I'm a fan of Dustin Hoffman. As you'd expect from such an accomplished actor, Hoffman's narration is superb; I'd have him read all my books to me if I could! What came as a pleasant surprise, though, was that the story was as good as the performance. It's a really touching, funny story and my only complaint would be that there wasn't enough of it. It could have been twice as long and I still wouldn't have wanted it to end. I would d [...]

    20. Ms.pegasus

      A somber message underlies Kosinsky's playful, deceptively simple fable. He sketches out a preposterous situation. The main character has spent his entire life confined to his room in a mansion and its walled garden. He was born there. His sole occupation is tending the garden. His sole view of the world is from watching the TV in his room. That complacent existence is disrupted when the recluse who dwells in the mansion dies.Although Kosinski tells this story with a third person voice, the poin [...]

    21. Gypsy

      بودن برام خاص بود. نویسنده‌ش واقعاً نویسنده نیس. امّا ایجازی که در سرتاسر متن پیاده کرده، بهش اعتلا بخشیده. همین ایجاز هس که داستانی تا این‌حد مفهوم‌گرا رو سهل و ساده کرده. از طرفی، گفتم نویسنده واقعاً نویسنده نیس. چون چارچوب‌های معمول داستانـو در هم شکسته. برای خلق همون ایج [...]

    22. A.J.

      You can Google this book and come up with numerous learned and not-so-learned papers discussing it, and this might lead you to think it significant. You might be swayed by people who call it a postmodern masterpiece or an existential gem, or by the fact that it was made into a film. But look at Kosinski's prose: this particular emperor is stark naked. In short, this novel has a good premise and is full of good ideas, amateur in their execution.A back-of-the-book puff piece in my copy cites "a cr [...]

    23. Jim

      It's interesting that I've picked up and read this story right now in view of McCain's selection of Palin, a virtual unknown, and her rapid escallation to the front page of the country's newspapers. That's almost exactly what occurred to Chance, the name of a man who had served without pay as a wealthy man's gardener until he suddenly found himself without a job or a family when the man died. While roaming the streets deciding what to next, a chauffeur backing into a parking place, pinned his le [...]

    24. Mary

      I am still in the process of adding books from years ago and came across Being There. I am not sure how this would read today but on it's release it was a favorite (and then a movie version). I remember enjoying this very much and to this day those of us of a certain age can use Chauncy Gardner as an adjective and still get a chuckle. The media and government were dimly viewed in that era and so much of fiction at that time reflected an almost cynical society. This was when Vidal, Irving, Roth, [...]

    25. Jim

      If you haven't read this short little gem, read it now, then go to some sort of republocrat/conservative/teaparty party and try some of Chance's minimalist conversation techniques. While people are discussing debt ceilings and budget re-toolings, respond with things like "Tilling has its place, but I've always believed in allowing the subsoil to settle." I'm sure you'll be invited to visit various yachts and private estates, as well as being introduced to their unmarried sons and daughters

    26. Lukasz Pruski

      I saw Hal Ashby's movie "Being There" about 20 years ago and I still remember the huge impression it made on me. Peter Sellers was magnificent as Chance the gardener. I have just finished reading Jerzy Kosinski's book, on which the movie is based, and I find the book much weaker than the movie.Kosinski's short novella is a one-gimmick book: a simple gardener who has never been outside of his employer's residence, who knows first-hand only about gardening, who learns about people and the world fr [...]

    27. Naeem Nedaee

      سراسر کتاب این دلشوره رو داشتم که نکنه الان همه چی لو بره و همه بفهمن که چنس یه باغبون ساده س. واقعا چطور ممکنه کسی نفهمه؟!! به نظرم میرسه که هر کدوم از شخصیتا بالاخره در جایی از رمان به این واقعیت پی بردند اما سادگی و صداقت چنس انقدر براشون جذابیت داشت که همونطور پذیرفتنش.

    28. Mohy_p

      موضوع جالبی داشت😊بین داستان من همش میگفتم الانه که یه سوتی بده همه بفهمن ولی ماشالله به این همه شانس😆بیشتر از همه وقتایی که بقیه با چنس حرف میزدن و سعی داشتن که خودشون و موجه نشون بدن در برابرش من و به خنده مینداخت😂تو قسمت کامنتای ریویو یکی از دوستان یکی از بچه ها ب مرد هزار [...]

    29. Yani

      Otro libro curioso que se suma a la lista de rarezas que estoy leyendo en estos días. Me recordó mucho aNovecento,de Alessandro Baricco, porque sus personajes tienen algo en común: pasan años de su vida en un mismo sitio y conocen el mundo desde perspectivas distintas. Me gustó mucho y es un 4.5.Chance, el protagonista en cuestión, vive en una casa cuyo dueño es un personaje que se llama simplemente Anciano y uno puede intuir la relación entre ellos. Lo importante, en realidad, es que Ch [...]

    30. Evan

      So, there was a German film in the mid-1970s, a Werner Herzog-directed movie of cult status titled, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, based supposedly on a true incident from hundreds of years ago in which a man, a kind of idiot, suddenly appeared in a town and his origins remained a mystery. In the film, Hauser is shown to be raised in a dark, prison-like condition, cut off completely from the ways of the world and socialization. Raised like some factory farm animal. Then one day his caretaker dies [...]

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