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Cockpit (Kosinski, Jerzy) Paperback – 7 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Grove Press Ed edition (7 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802135684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802135681
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,085,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The thoroughful application of skills acquired in comunism to social situations of western capitalism. In depth description of will to overpower others in survivalist approach to everyday life. Maserfull description of mind operation of people who chnge cultures - societies during their adult life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good representation 11 April 2004
By Henry Platte - Published on
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It's hard to decide which of Kosinski's vignette-based novels is the best, since they're all fairly similiar, and passages are interchangeable. There are slight varitations in theme - the protagonist of The Painted Bird is a child, and in Blind Date you have an investor, while in The Devil Tree you have a wealthy young man, but on the whole each one is as good as another. Considering it, though, I think that Cockpit is the best overall, with some of the most interesting vignettes and the most consistently good writing, and one of the stronger protagonists. It's also the only Kosinski book which I can really say shocked me - usually, I'm prepared for the horrible things which his characters do to each other, remembering that it is Kosinski even when things seem to be going well, but there's an episode in Cockpit involving the elderly which took me by surprise. I reccomend this as an introduction to Kosinski's work, or, if you only read one, make it this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kosinski continues his mastery of the vignette novel. 28 Oct. 1998
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Kosinski's portrait of an ex CIA agent with a knack for controlling others is disturbing, diabolical, and ultimately entertaining. Tarden is both socially and sexually disfunctional, yet somehow we can all identify with him. Kosinski creates an obsessive depressive character with Gatsby-esque personal drive. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the cockpit if you dare! 16 Oct. 1998
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When you are in the cockpit you have total and absolute control over hundreds of lives. You can do with them what you wish. If you choose, you could end every life or just give them a good scare. In Jerzy Kosinski's novel "Cockpit" the hero - Tarden - is always in the cockpit, always in control. This book makes you realize how easy it is for a total stranger to, through a few mundane manipulations, have your entire life in his hands. A chilling thought indeed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly disappointing. 10 July 2011
By Cesar E. Caro - Published on
Format: Paperback
I came across a used hardcover and decided to give it a try, having really enjoyed The Painted Bird and Being There. Right away the writing seems somewhat tired and worn, with the same vignette style as The Painted Bird but without the freshness or vigor. It picks up after a while, making you think it will eventually cohere with some twist or another, but it doesn't. The author relies on the shock value of some scenes intended to disturb the reader, but they don't come off as all that impressive -- somewhat stale, especially today with modern understandings of sociology and sexual psychology that incite boredom at Kosinski's numerous revealed dysfunctions. Some of the stories are genuinely compelling, but tainted by a sadistic mind that is not at its most creative. I'm sad to say this is one of the most horrible novels I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Use of First Person Unsympathetic Narrator 2 Sept. 2006
By Kenneth John Atchity - Published on
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I've used the opening of this darkly prophetic novel--told from the POV of a social terrorist interested only in exploring the depths of human evil like Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment--in countless workshops and seminars to illustrate that your protagonist's "sympathetic" nature doesn't mean we LIKE him. 'Sympathetic' in its Greek root suggests that we can "relate to," or "suffer with," a character and from the haunting opening lines that's exactly what causes us to turn the pages--a mixture of horror and our own voyeuristic tendencies.
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