Joseph Heller: God Knows

I’ve read it before, more than once (incidentally, it’s one of the reasons for reading the Bible, preferably the King James Version, because without knowing the Old Testament you can’t enjoy it half as much), but only this time I finally understood what the business of throwing javelins (Saul at David, David at the imaginary boy) was about: admiration and envy of the other one’s youth combined.

And as this was the first time I read the US rather than the UK edition, I also read for the first time the Epilogue. As far as I’m concerned, the UK version, which doesn’t include it, is miles better. The Epilogue does nothing but water down the strong and brilliant last sentence of the preceding text.

 

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