Jerzy Kosinski entered my life a long time ago with his book, The Painted Bird. Since I read that book, I was trying not to get too close to Jerzy Kosinski, but I couldn’t stop myself, and I got his novel Being There, and I finished it immediately. Kosinski is an interesting man, as a reader, you don’t know where and when he’ll take you. Maybe that’s why I love this him so much.

Being There - Jerzy Kosinski

Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There is a small book and ends up in a sitting. And out of curiosity, you’ll find yourself turning the pages a bit too fast. And when you’re done, if you’re not feeling snobbish, you may find yourself saying “Wow, what a weird book!”. The writing is excellent, and I’m sure you’ll love the character. I don’t think it’s possible for a reader to dislike such an exceptional character. I also wanted to hug a tree and wanted a garden just for myself. The book is so beautifully depicted the greenery, flowers and a garden, you may want to ditch the city altogether.

There are some writers, no matter what they write, you’ll want to read it. Jerzy Kosinski is one of them. Highly recommended.

About the book: Being There

The hero of this astonishing novel is called Chance – he may be the man of tomorrow. Flung into the real world when his rich benefactor dies, Chance is helped on his life journey by Elizabeth Eve, the young, beautiful, resourceful wife of a dying Wall Street mogul. Accidentally launched into a world of sex, money, power – and national television – he becomes a media superstar, a household name, the man of the hour – and, who knows, perhaps the next President of the United States of America. 

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About the author: Jerzy Kosinski

Jerzy Kosiński, born Józef Lewinkopf, was a Polish-American novelist and two-time President of the American Chapter of P.E.N., who wrote primarily in English. Born in Poland, he survived World War II and, as a young man, immigrated to the U.S., where he became a citizen.

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