The story of Chauncey Gardiner--Chance--an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy advisor, and a media icon.
At only 140 pages, this was a very quick read but fun.
Chance was sheltered from the outside world his entire life. He never left the house of his employer except to tend the garden in the backyard. He cannot read or write and spends his off time watching TV. When his employer dies he is left homeless and thrust into the outside world. After an accident and a few gardening metaphors he is thrust into America's financial and political society.
I found this book incredibly humorous. I loved the irony of the entire situation. How someone who knows nothing and says very little can rise to fame all because of assumptions and media perception.
Kosinski's writing is simple and to the point which made it very easy to read. The subject matter is relevant probably more today than it was when it was written in 1970. I think it's nearly impossible to read this book and not insert a politician from your life. It makes you think about politics and media.
Being There would be a great book for a book club. So many discussions could come out of this book.
4 out of 5 stars
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