Being There (Kosinski) (Paperback)

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Chauncey Gardiner only knows two things: television & gardening. Being There is about what happens when space is left open for people to fill and project with their own intentions and beliefs about the world. His earnest lack of understanding is misconstrued in such circumstances that he goes from homeless former gardener to national economic advisor, international public intellectual, and preternatural lover. 

This book is funny, but also terrifyingly uncanny in its depiction of American public opinion and news media. 

— From Cody M. Staff Picks


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802136343
ISBN-10: 0802136346
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 1999
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Kosinski