Friday, October 14, 2011

Scouring Books: Good as Gold

Good as Gold
by Joseph Heller

Published in 1976, this is, remarkably, another book by Catch-22 author Joseph Heller. The unfortunate thing about striking on a success in literature is that readers are not so prone to readers more of your work. I guess it's assumed that an author who had one touchstone probably won't have another in them, and so that's one of the things that bothers me about the way most people treat literature, that they don't, like Roberto Bolano expresses in 2666 (featured on the right side of the blog as a Buy This! book) during a frantic search of fictional author Benno Von Archimbaldi's complete works, actually like to continue reading someone who has really impressed them. Pop fiction gets this treatment; that's why bookstores are crammed with the collected works of your favorite romance and mystery/thriller writers, but not of someone like Heller. It's just assumed he had one good book in him, and the others probably aren't quite worth remembering, too (a catch-22!). Anyway, I came across Good as Gold at a bargain book sale, and didn't hesitate to pick it up. But...

Bookshelf status: unread. For now.

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