Books: The 3,000-Year-Old Man

GOD KNOWS by Joseph Heller; Knopf; 353 pages; $16.95

You loved him in the Old Testament. Well, here he is again, ladies and germs: the guy who put the kibosh on Goliath; the main squeeze of the lovely and talented Bathsheba; the papa of Solomon, an extremely influential person in his own right; and, last but not least, a close personal friend of the Man Upstairs. A King of Israel once, a prince of comedy now. Let's hear a really warm welcome for (buh-duh-dump-dump) David!

But cereally, folks. Author Joseph Heller's fourth novel does indeed...

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