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This is an auction for THE DEVIL TREE by Jerzy Kosinski. review:

"In college, I read Kosinski's novel 'Being There' and was very impressed by its themes of solipcism and a society that is more interested in superficialities than substance, and the subsequent dangers thereof. In this interesting novel, written a couple years later, Kosinski looks at another character who has some similarities to the main character, Chauney Gardner, from Being There. However, this time around, the hero, Jonathan Whalen, is an extremely wealthy individual who can indulge in caprice, but who seems to not be satisfied with the privileges that money can afford. He has sought travel, drugs, sex, and consumerism, but ultimately is unhappy or at least not fulfilled. Kosinski uses an interesting technique by providing separated paragraphs to serve as individual snapshots of Jonathan's thoughts, worries, insecurity and ennui. The revelations of Jonathan concerning his relationships with his parents, his lovers and others around him are of great interest. There are some poignant sections looking at his adolescent angst, as well as others that protray humor in some of his dealings in self-gratification. His unfulfilling and unsatisfactory relationship with Karen is frustrating, but Karen's discovery of her relationship with men and sex most likely made this novel a welcome addition to women's liberation literature in the early 1970s. Most readers will appreciate Kosinski's call for individual authenticity in the face of societal mediocrity and lethargy."

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Paperback 1982.

211 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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