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Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013
Jerzy Kosinski’s clever parable of a naive man thrust into the modern world is more pointed now than ever. Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate), perhaps best known for his portrayals of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture.
Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon due to his unknown background and vague, yet appealing, conversational nature. Being There was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, starring Peter Sellers as Chance, in 1979.
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Chauncey Gardiner is the great enigma: a hero of the American media. TV loves him; print pursues him. He is a household face. He is the one everybody is talking about, though nobody knows what HE is talking about. No one knows where he has come from, but everybody knows he has come to money, power and sex. Was he led to all this by the lovely, well-connected wife of a dying Wall Street tycoon? Or is Chauncey Gardiner riding the waves all by himself because, like a TV image, he floated into the world buoyed up by a force he did not see and could not name? Does he know something we don't? Will he fail? Will he ever be unhappy? The reader must decide.
"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.From the Back Cover:
"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.
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Book Description Bodley Head (1971)., 1971. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Ships from the UK. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP97127002
Book Description Bodley Head, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st U.K. Edition. Green boards with gold lettering on spine, DJ with light tanning at edges and spine, edgewear, unclipped, small tear at top back of DJ, first blank front end paper has been cut out, else fine and clean. Seller Inventory # 002823
Book Description The Bodley Head, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First UK Edition. Dustjacket by Michael Harvey. Printed in Great Britain. Bound in original green boards with bright gilt lettering to spine, in publisher's unclipped printed dustjacket. A very nice clean tight solid hardcover copy. 136pp. SB-164. Size: 20.5 x 13.5cm. Seller Inventory # 022243
Book Description The Bodley Head, London Sydney Toronto, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Clean tight copy in dust jacket that shows just a little wear and is rather faded to the spine area. Couple of closed tears. Now protected in Brodart. Seller Inventory # 550075
Book Description Bodley Head, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 136 pages. Square solid copy with light wear on covers. Dust jacket has a small chip missing on top of spine, a pen price on bottom of front flap, otherwise jacket shows light wear. Seller Inventory # 25370
Book Description London, Bodley Head, 1971; 0 370 01453 7, 1971. 1st UK edition; Hardback; Very good/ Dj Very good; 136pp; Green covers with gilt title on spine; Dust jacket has price intact. " The Author has written a modern parabole, which is also a suspence story. It is remarkable for itstension, wit & irony.". Seller Inventory # 9214
Book Description The Bodley Head, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First UK Edition. 136pp. Very minor shelf and edge wear. A very good copy without d/j. Seller Inventory # 000247
Book Description London: The Bodley Head 1971 First UK Edition 8vo 136pp ISBN: 0370014537, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Ex-Library, VG original blue cloth, remains of library labels on ffep, stamp on copyright page, else internally very clean & bright, in Near Fine protected DW. Seller Inventory # 11444
Book Description The Bodley Head, London, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Fine first British edition of this author's third novel. Book is clean and unmarked throughout and may be unread. Jacket shows minor wear at the points and the top and bottom of the spine. There is minor soiling to the rear panel and there is a small spot of missing color near the top of the rear panel, possibly from the removal of a sticker. A nice collectible copy of an early work by this author. Seller Inventory # 002252
Book Description Bodley Head, London, Sydney & Toronto, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Michael Harvey (illustrator). 136pp; gilt green boards, jacket (1.40 pounds net, on flap); 204 x 136 x 16 mm. First British edition (a year after the American); source for the award-winning film (1979). The novel later identified by Geoffrey Stokes & Eliot Fremont-Smith (1982), as having been 'derived' from Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy (The Career of Nicodemus Dyzma) by Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz (1932). A tight copy in bright lovely jacket with only the hint of a crease at upper rear joint. Elusive thus. Seller Inventory # 001403