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Novel by Jerzy Kosinski, published in in 1971.

A man named Chance, adopted by the Old Man when a boy, remains illiterate and a complete innocent as an adult, having spent all his life tending a walled-off garden or watching television in his isolated room. When Chance is made homeless by the death of the Old Man he encounters a new protector, Mrs. Benjamin Rand, who, misunder-standing his name and occupation, calls him Chauncy Gardener. She takes him to the Rand mansion, where he meets the President of the U.S., who interprets Chance's comments on gardening as brilliant metaphors on finance. As a result Chance is catapulted to international prominence, which he accepts with calm detachment.

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Jerzy Kosinski (1933—1991)


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