Search Results: "Saul Bellow"


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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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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >