Search Results: "Saul Bellow"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SAUL by Rosemary Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Still, better as real life than as fiction."
In Britain, Kay's story of her premature baby's four months of life is being presented as nonfiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 1959

"Nevertheless, this is a powerful, funny and moving book that shouldn't be missed by anyone seriously interested in the American novel."
The National Book Award winner's first full length novel since The Adventures of Augie March is as bursting with life and energy as that fascinating book and has an even more absorbing hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANGLING MAN by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1944

"An unsympathetic figure as portrayed; not very satisfying reading."
Diary of an interlude — as Joseph, undergoing the whimsies of his draft board, spends several months of contemplative inactivity while waiting for his letter from the President. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAVELSTEIN by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2000

"The work of a master, who has lost none of his unique ability to entertain, enthrall, and enlighten."
The Nobel laureate's first full-length novel in more than a decade (since More Die of Heartbreak, 1987) is a pungent intellectual drama that's short on plot but contains some of the sharpest, most provocative writing of his long and honorable career. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORE DIE OF HEARTBREAK by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1987

"Still, there are great chunks of fine, funny Bellovian rhetoric here (that aphoristic blend of scholar and stand-up), along with enough sporadic narrative zing—amused, appalled vignettes worthy of a Jewish-American Balzac—to compensate readers for the longueurs and overall puffiness."
"You have longings, the male Eros does that to you; you take the sexual path and it leads you into lewdness, lewdness opens up into insanity, a world of madness rushes at you full face." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TO JERUSALEM AND BACK by Saul Bellow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1976

"The outing to Jerusalem and back earns him no peace of mind, and responsible readers have tough work ahead if they want to share the expedition's dry rewards."
Bellow goes to Israel in 1975—not to see the sights, but to talk, listen, and learn—and returns drenched in issues ("the facts are coming out of my ears") and keen on sharing his radar-oven exposure to the crossed wires (Israeli, Arab, Russian, American) that keep the Middle East just this side of all-out conflagration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSBY'S MEMOIRS AND OTHER STORIES by Saul Bellow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1968

"In none of them, except the first, is Mr. Bellow at his assertive best, but the stories are catchy commentaries on life, enlivened by Mr. Bellow's shrewd and sympathetic intelligence."
Six very various short stories, involving life styles and searches of one kind or another. Read full book review >