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This review is from: Being There (Black Swan) (Paperback)
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 performance by Sellers in the film. The novel moves slowly, is not very funny, and the writing style lacks flavor. In contrast, the film was the perfect parody of the beginning of the Reagan era, in which appearences and the assumptions of the observers mix in the most surprising ways, elevating a dim-witted man to the highest levels of society in a series of accidents. Oh well. It appears to me that Kosinsky did his thing and had nothing much to say after The Painted Bird.