Good as Gold (novel)
|Cover artist||Paul Bacon|
|Publisher||Simon and Schuster|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ4.H47665 Go PS3558.E476|
|Preceded by||Something Happened|
|Followed by||God Knows|
Bruce Gold, a Jewish, middle-aged university English professor and author of many unread, seminal articles in small journals, residing in Manhattan, is offered the chance for success, fame and fortune in Washington D.C. as the country's first ever Jewish Secretary of State. But he must face the consequences of this, such as divorcing his wife and alienating his family, the thought of which energizes him and makes him cringe at the same time.
Literary significance & criticism
The novel is well regarded by fans and critics alike, viewed as a return to the gag and verbal play that Heller established in Catch-22 and abandoned in the name of the scathing sarcasm and the darker story in Something Happened. It's a much brighter story than his previous one with a slightly happier ending for the protagonist, whereas its predecessor is about the loss of optimism and hope. Having disposed in this way of the army in Catch-22 and the corporation in Something Happened, Heller in Good as Gold now took on the American government in similar terms.
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