Search Results: "Greg Bellow"


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SAUL BELLOW'S HEART by Greg Bellow
Released: April 23, 2013

"Ultimately, the memoir reveals more about how it felt to be the son of such a father than it does about the novelist."
There is love within this memoir by the son of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, but there is even greater distance. Read full book review >

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SAUL BELLOW by Benjamin Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2010

"Alas, that letter is not in this book."
I didn't ask to write about Saul Bellow: Letters so I could mention that I once received a letter from the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Will now stand as the definitive Bellow biography."
The author of The Life of Kingsley Amis (2007) returns with the first installment of a two-volume biography of Saul Bellow (1915-2005), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1995

"A portrait of one man staring into America's societal abyss shouldn't be this superficial."
A well-meaning but ultimately unsatisfying account of a priest's work with youths in the barrio of East LA. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW by Susan Perabo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The texture of family life as it unravels, then begins to regenerate, is conveyed with unflinching clarity and redemptive good humor."
Two eighth-graders witness an armed robbery in a sandwich shop. One is taken, the other left behind—making her a very lucky, very troubled girl. Read full book review >

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HIM WITH HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH AND OTHER STORIES by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 1984

"Unfortunately, the longest piece here—the novella-length 'What Kind of Day Did You Have?'—is the least successful: the affair between a youngish divorcee and a famous old art critic becomes an uneasy frame for wrestlings with Marxism, celebrity, and intellectual hucksterism. But much of this welcome gathering presents the restless Bellow voice in full cry—taut, colorful, Talmudic, and large-hearted.?"
Family fiction and the fiction-of-ideas: these are the two competing concerns in Bellow's recent work—with the combination at its most problematic in his last novel, The Dean's December. Read full book review >

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HERZOG by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"It should be read."
There are two things we can say. Read full book review >

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SEIZE THE DAY by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1956

"For a more selective audience, a provocative collection of incidental pieces."
Bellow's curious new admixture (a long short story, several shorter, and a play) stands midway between the Kalkaesque Dangling Man and the vital, tragicomic Adventures of Augie March. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1953

"A gorgeous job, with an enormous impact- both intellectual and emotional- which critical attention and publisher pressure may help to carry to the big market."
This is a wonderful book, if wonderful still means full of wonder. Read full book review >

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THE BELLAROSA CONNECTION by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1989

"Subtle, complex, and tricky, a wry-toned look deep into gloom: fine, vintage Bellow in the shorter form."
Hard on the heels of Theft (1989), another Bellow 100-pager in paperback original: this time the tale of one Harry Fonstein, saved from the Holocaust by the underground organization of Broadway impresario Billy Rose (Bellarosa, to the wartime Italians), then later cold-shouldered by the show-biz celeb himself. Read full book review >

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THE DEAN'S DECEMBER by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1981

"And every page of it commands the attention."
Rich yet dry and static, Bellow's somber new book (his first as Nobel laureate) is often more essay than novel: a wintery meditation on death—a death in the family, the death of American cities, the death of the planet—as filtered through the mind of Albert Corde, one of Bellow's least vivid or particularized alter egos. Read full book review >