Being There Paperback – 1 May 1996
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""Being There" is one of those rare books which echoes in the mind long after you have finished it. It will survive as a seminal work of the Seventies."--"New York Post."
The classic story of an innocent who changes the world --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The hero of the book is Chance, a mentally retarded adult who works as the gardener at the home of a wealthy retired New York lawyer. During the whole of his adult life, Chance has never left the house and garden; his only contact with the outside world is through television, which he watches obsessively. His life changes, however, when his employer dies, the house is sold and he is forced to leave. Chance is slightly injured when he is hit by a car belonging to Elizabeth Eve ("EE"), the wife of Benjamin Rand, a rich and influential Wall Street financier and a friend of the President. EE, mishearing "Chance the gardener" as "Chauncey Gardiner" and mistakenly believing Chance to be a successful businessman, invites him to stay with her and her husband at their home. A series of misunderstandings leads all concerned to believe that Chance is not only a businessman but also an economic prophet. He is invited to speak on national television where he talks about the only thing he understands, gardening. A series of platitudes about the changing of the seasons in the garden is taken to be an extended metaphor forecasting an upturn in the economy, and his supposed optimism strikes a chord with the viewing public. The book ends with the elderly, terminally ill, Rand about to name Chance as his heir and successor, and the President about to nominate him as his vice-presidential running-mate.
The book is short, a novella rather than a novel, of around 100 pages. The style is direct, simple and like a fable.Read more ›
Being There------If you enjoyed the Movie you will love this book
Rich of nice metaphors and other artifices typical of an intelligent writer.
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A modern bittersweet fable. I read it in 90 mins. Beautiful. Thats it.Published 23 days ago by M. F
I have a copy of this book, I have a copy of the film. I bought the kindle edition so I can have it with me while traveling. Good book, good life story.Published 10 months ago by Herbie
Unfortunately, the writer didn't seem to take his time finishing and polishing his story, which is full of potential and very interesting in places. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by Jason Spear
This is another of those novels that is less good than the film that was made from it. After I saw the film, I read the book and it utterly lacked the wit and irony of the... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by rob crawford