- “They say, best men are moulded out of
faults; And, for the most, become much more the
- For being a little bad.”
Measure for Measure
George Grossman has worked for twenty years as an
assistant manager of Men’s Clothing at a downtown department store in
Newark, NJ. He is a quiet, modest man with no special ambitions, other than
to provide a decent life for his wife and two sons. The head manager dies
from a heart attack, and Grossman’s life is turned around drama-tically. He
becomes enraged by events that seem to con-spire against him, and strikes
out against those who would destroy his spirit and self-esteem.
The title of the book is
derived from Grossman’s obsessive need to acquire knowledge through the
reading of almanacs and encyclopedias, an ironic virtue given his benign
nature in dealing with a cruel, unfeeling world.