Mr Heller treats the whole panorama of history past and present with the bravado of Mark Twain in one of his sassier moods The New York Times Book ReviewA keenly satirical look at the world of art and museums by the author of the modern classic, Catch 22.
Picture This Mr Heller treats the whole panorama of history past and present with the bravado of Mark Twain in one of his sassier moods The New York Times Book ReviewA keenly satirical look at the world of art and
Heller s Catch 22 was probably the most popular novel at Maine Township South High School My one attempt at reading it while on study break in the libary one Friday afternoon was circumvented by a brush up the nape of my neck Dean Elbert Smith, objecting to the feel of it, a tapered bristle being required, told me then and there that I was suspended until the hair was cut to regulation I returned the copy of Heller to my friend Richard who was sitting in front of me, marvelled with him about wha [...]
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i ve fancied myself a kind of minor champion of this book for a long while Catch 22 was one of my first real favorite books, and Joseph Heller was one of the first authors I really recognized as having this authorial voice that I could learn from follow And Catch 22 is great, terrific, wonderful, everyone knows that but when I read Picture This it appealed to me in this strange dark way which is also wickedly smart, and has always had a unique place in my book loving heart s a different kind of [...]
This is a book which is quite different from Catch 22 and attempts to compare the two wouldn t be doing it justice Still, I am going to do it Compared to Catch 22, this is a much sophisticated book, it deals predominantly with art and intellectuals, and their lives The centre piece of this book is a painting by Rembrandt which has Aristotle with his hand on a bust of Homer as he ponders vacantly I use the quotes because the book tells us nothing is what it seems It s a painting which might not [...]
Imaginem que iniciam a leitura de uma obra de um autor cujos romances anteriores haviam considerado excelentes Imaginem que o autor em quest o tem uma voz extremamente nica deliciosamente sat rica, ir nica e espirituosa na qual anseiam por voltar a mergulhar Imaginem ainda que a sinopse do volume da obra que se prop em a ler descreve a como sendo constitu da pelos pensamentos e considera es do quadro Arist tles contemplando o busto de Homero de Rembrandt van Rijn que, de algum modo, ganha vida e [...]
A glorious coming of age story about a young English boy who attends wizard school and discovers his treasure trove of hidden magical ability whilst cavorting with hirsuite giants and majestic Owls Wait, I was reading it upside down Actually, Its a novel about a real painting written from the point of view of the painting itself Uhmm, yeah.
An absolute gem of a brilliant little book that is nothing like anything you ve read before Not a quick read, you rather have to go slow and contemplate, but incredibly rewarding.
Maybe later Not what I wanted to read right now I did 40 pages.
Picture This is a book that is remarkable on many levels The concept for the novel itself is almost genius, and the execution of that concept is no mean feat, and Mr Heller pulls it off nicely.It is amazing how this novel, published in 1988, feels like it was written yesterday about very current events It just goes to show you how much history is a cycle of events and how much Western Civilization and all civilization just rotate through the same stories again and again Page 101 of this text is [...]
I m a little embarrassed, but it took me a few years to finish this book I had tons of other books to read for school and work, but this novel is a bit demanding, as well Heller does something original, as far as I know, in the history of literature He tells the story of Rembrandt painting Aristotle contemplating a bust of Homer One the very first page, we find out that the painting of Aristotle can observe the world, think, and feel, but cannot move I know, it s impossible, just like Toy Story, [...]
Picture This is a really good book that should be and could be a masterpiece The seeds for it are sewn throughout Unfortunately, most of them are fallow seeds and fail to germinate The amount that this book accomplishes is very impressive Its critique of history is never boring, but also never extravagantly exaggerated Heller has done a rare thing here that I ve never seen duplicated elsewhere The main problem it suffers from is pacing, and I can t even explain why it is a problem The pacing in [...]
Most underrated Heller Although, aren t they all underrated apart from Catch 22 Picture This is Heller s meditation on art, history, commerce, democracy, and the myths embedded in all four He paints Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Rembrandt the same way he does Yossarian, Slocum, Gold, and King David, and it s remarkable how well they fit into the Heller worldview.
If you liked Good as Gold, and you like the idea of hearing from Aristotle on history and such, you ll like this book, because it trots out the same sort of rickety framework for what in Kurt Vonnegut s hands would probably have turned out to be a book of essays that, freed from the need to be a novel, would have been much entertaining and illuminating.
This book whetted my youthful appetite for art and history and philosophy all together.
I came to Joseph Heller s Picture this, for a second time My warning should have been that I remembered nothing from my first read I am a J Heller fan I can quote much of Catch 22 by heart I still bristle at those who call him a One hit Wonder I took the extra try to get through Something Happened and am glad that I did Picture This, in this, my second read through was aggravating.Picture This is something of an experimental novel There is not a plot so much as a central story line The picture i [...]
Amazing A book about a painting by Rembrandt and the story behind it It s not a mere account of events but a decription of life conditions in the 17th century Netherlands as well as Ancient Greece It refers to a number of paintings by the Grand Master that I immediately wanted to see in the great and accessibile gallery of google Parts of philosophers views mainly those of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle are intertwined in the narrative and parts of Plato s dialogues are sometimes used at least Fedon [...]
This book is definitely not for everyone If you like light reading about the lives of Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato, then you ll probably like it I thoroughly enjoyed Heller s writing on Rembrandt s life I learned a lot of amusing details there The bits on Plato and Aristotle are boring Socrates, at least, is always interesting to read about Heller is better at writing about the students these philosophers taught or people they knew such as Alexander the Great and Pericles His opinions on monar [...]
A post modernist account of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and Rembrandt It s hard not to love Catch 22, but even if you do, this is a very hard slog.There are occasional bon mots The motion in the Athenian Assembly to invade Syracuse to restore order in Sicily was deceitful, corrupt, stupid, chauvinistic, irrational and suicidal It carried with a large majority but they weren t enough to sustain my interest.
Brilliant in its conception and its delivery It s like talking back to history and we find not much has changed Two principle truths evolve, we never learn from our mistakes and there is no form of good governmentever It is also an insightful history lesson that changes your outlook and perspective from the one dimensional view of history we are fed.
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Dark humor, dark history and unexpected parallels Everything to likeAnd nothing to dislike about this book.
Now, I m not naive I understand, after at the time I read this seven years of reading him that any factual assertion made by Joseph Heller should be taken with a full packet of salt, but the history, philosophy, and art analysis of this book make it particularly readable The bizarre angle s interesting, Heller s equally cynical and humane sense of humor carries it a good part of the way as it usually does and, fuck me, I really do feel like I learned something.
I m not sure what s impressive about Picture This Is it Joseph Heller s chameleon like ability to write something that in no way feels anything like any other book he s ever written, while still managing to be distinctly Hellerian Or is it his ability to combine together such a disparate cacaphony of elements that aren t even connected by so much as a plot, and still somehow manage to make it work as a novel According to the book s general description, Picture This is supposed to be an eye witn [...]
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After reading Catch 22 I really did not expect anything likethis book from Joseph Heller This book is not really a fictionto me, but of an attempt to fit several parts of historyin the same book.The connection between parts of the book are two fold first is physical we have a story of Socrates, Plato and Aristotlewho knew each other, Rembrandt who painted Aristotle, theircountries at that moment and Rembrandt r paintings Second is in the field of ideas historical fate of the countries andcompar [...]
This book really confused me I was expecting what the jacket said it would be, a story that follows a sentient painting through its life from creation to present day hanging in an art gallery.However the jacket was wrong and the story was split into three parts one about Athens, Aristotle, Plato and Socrates, the second about the Dutch and Rembrandt and the third about Modern Day America.It is a history book that follows no timeline Each chapter can contain parts from each of the three main stor [...]
I really enjoyed the premise of Heller s Picture This Parts of it were truly engaging However, much of the narrative followed history in a nearly history book kind of way with the choice of what to include and how to include it making it interesting Those sections could be very slow and tedious The novel begins with the painting of Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer by Rembrandt and traces, in a witty narrative style, the creation of the painting the lives of Rembrandt, Aristotle, Plato, a [...]