And his siblings too are not proud of him because he writes something which they can not understand.
So Gold is treated as baby by his sisters. Mocked by his father, step mother and brother. And he still feels hurt because no one appreciates him, not even his children.
So far I can understand the protagonist, relate to him and feel sympathetic with him. But when I see that he does not work honestly as a professor, he misguides kids to lure them into English department, I stop relating with him.
What a hypocrite I am. If the hero of book is rude, self centered, almost anti-social, it is OK. But he should not go against my value system. (Do I have one?)
So suddenly all my enthusiasm to read "Good as gold" by Joseph Heller evaporated. So back to TV and mobile games.
Nothing succeeds as planned : So Gold feels all his ideals have left him. And he has started resenting most of his pet ideals. He was all for racial equality, now his children and his nieces have to fear being bullied by blacks.
But we all have to agree to this at least. Look at communism. It started with a very noble idea of removing the gap between haves and have nots and creating equality among people. What did it achieve? Poverty, corruption and almost stalling of growth.
So a person or a group has this big idea - a dream - to make the world a better place. But when it gets implemented, it gets converted into another fiasco.