Chance is a man without a past. Raised in the home of a wealthy old man, isolated from the world, he experiences only what he sees on television and his only other activity is daily work in the garden. When the old man dies and Chance is evicted, he steps into the path of a car. From then on, he begins a series of adventures that lead him into a world of wealth, politics, and celebrity. In this cuttingly funny novel, Kosinski shows how a man with practically no resources whatever can become a symbol of power, intellect, and sex appeal, merely by "being there."
From the Publisher: Originally published in 1965, The Painted bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Called by the Los Angeles Times "one of the most imposing novels of the decade," it was eventuallly translated into more than thirty languages. A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.
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