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The Adventures of Augie March By Saul Bellow Christopher Hitchens,

  • Title: The Adventures of Augie March
  • Author: Saul Bellow Christopher Hitchens
  • ISBN: 9780143039570
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Augie comes on stage with one of literature s most famous opening lines I am an American, Chicago born, and go at things as I have taught myself, free style, and will make the record in my own way first to knock, first admitted It s the Call me Ishmael of mid 20th century American fiction For the record, Bellow was born in Canada Or it would be if Ishmael had beAugie comes on stage with one of literature s most famous opening lines I am an American, Chicago born, and go at things as I have taught myself, free style, and will make the record in my own way first to knock, first admitted It s the Call me Ishmael of mid 20th century American fiction For the record, Bellow was born in Canada Or it would be if Ishmael had been like Tom Jones with a philosophical disposition With this teeming book Bellow returned a Dickensian richness to the American novel As he makes his way to a full brimming consciousness of himself, Augie careens through numberless occupations and countless mentors and exemplars, all the while enchanting us with the slapdash American music of his voice.
    The Adventures of Augie March Augie comes on stage with one of literature s most famous opening lines I am an American Chicago born and go at things as I have taught myself free style and will make the record in my own way fir

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    1. Original Review In Pursuit of ExuberanceI first read this in the mid to late 70 s.For a long time, I would have rated Bellow as one of my favourite three to five authors and Augie as one of my top three novels.I haven t re read it, but intend to I am working from long distant memories now, but what I loved about it was the sense of exuberance and dynamism At that time, it meant a lot to me to find evidence that intellect and vitality could be combined in one person.It doesn t concern me so much [...]

    2. Saul Bellow s the Adventures of Augie March is one of three things it s either Saul Bellow s most verbose novel, a piece of fiction that almost stands as an historical document of Chicago during the Great Depression, or one of the best contemporary examples of the picaresque novel Either way it s good and bad, and lovely and sprawling, and a testament to Bellow s fascination with the life that emanated from Chicago in the fifties.Augie, the protagonist of the story, is a tramp to say the least t [...]

    3. I am an American, Altoona born not Chicago, but just as somber At an impressionable age I waited until class was over, then walked up, Bellow sSeize the Day in hand, and asked Professor Mitchell for a moment of his time Mr Mitchell, with his wispy hair and pale skin, always the same blue suit, a librarian of a man, conceived before acid free paper I said, The names, the names in this novel every one is the name of a theorist in psychology Surely that means something And Mr Mitchell paused, so sl [...]

    4. 4.5 5In the end you can t save your soul and life by thought But if you think, the least of the consolation prizes is the world.I may be American, but I am not Chicago born Nor am I male, or of the generation that grew up in the roar of the twenties and came into adulthood soon after the crash My life, and importantly my perspective on said life, would be much different creatures than the ones I currently clamber around on I think, though, they would ve been much like Augie s, on an axis to the [...]

    5. I am an American, Chicago born Chicago, that somber city and go at things as I have taught myself, free style, and will make the record in my own way first to knock, first admitted sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent.What an opening sentence, which manages to prefigure the entire novel the frenetic energy of it, diverting this way and that, moving enigmatically from one idea to the next by an inscrutable trajectory It is clear that Augie will make the record in his own way, [...]

    6. I went to Italy once Siena The cathedral Huh 14th century popes with a licorish allsort fetish and way too much money Okay, it was, you know, impressive You could tell those popes wanted to be Alexander McQueen and they were all 6 centuries too early.What, I hear you cry, does this have to do with Augie March, the mid 20th century Chicago likely lad Only that I tiptoed out of the book and the cathedral with the same sour feeling Sour and sore I was beat It was all too much It was overpowering I [...]

    7. Who am I to deny recognition of what others call the Great American Novel Augie is launched on the world like a modern day Huckleberry Finn crossed with Tom Jones But Augie s arc does not quite have their level of comic edge, the moral quandaries of Huck or pursuit of women like Tom Scrambling like a chameleon from one odd job or scheme to another he passes from one mentor to another, then breaks free but never quite grows up He was a great inspiration for me, always aspiring to better himself a [...]

    8. Martin Amis, one of Bellow s acolytes, who doesn t suffer fools gladly, said simply this After you finish Bellow at his best and this is without question one of his absolute best you don t even think you can write a novelever.That s how good this is I was ecstatic when I finished it.Streamlined, wonderfully paced, exuberantly told Augie is one of the best characters you could ever hope to come across Full of life, totally unpretentious, endlessly inventive adventerous, curious and human.This is [...]

    9. The true adventure story is one that not only takes you through a man s life and everything that happens to him, but of his own discovery of who he is and what he wants to be in the world This book by Bellow is just that I had only read herzog by him, a very long time ago, but did not get it at all.ybe the time was not right because with the adventures of augie march my experience was completely different, I connected from the first moment, and loved every minute of it Augie insists on not leadi [...]

    10. Arrastei me, penosamente, pelas primeiras quatrocentas p ginas e as ltimas trezentas folheei vertiginosamente Mas o livro bom O Martin Amis diz que o grande romance da literatura americana At faz parte de algumas listas de leitura obrigat ria e tudo O problema mesmo meu que n o atino com Saul Bellow.

    11. Looks like I ll have to change my final opinion of Saul Bellow, the same way I did with Cormac McCarthy I read Henderson the Rain King and Dangling Man last year, and couldn t stand either of them They were both a chore, even though Dangling Man was only 150 or so pages Then I read Ravelstein, and although it was enjoyable, it didn t seem likely to stick with me I knew I had to give him one shot at least, since everyone seems to like him so much, and The Adventures of Augie March seemed to be [...]

    12. Only vaguely familiar with the name Saul Bellow, I can thank for, yet again, helping me discover a great book Seeing it on one of my friend s 5 star lists, I decided to give Augie March a read, especially after seeing that another friend had written something so highly of the author.The first few pages reinforced exactly what Eric claimed not since Nabokov have I been blown away by language like this Nabokov s sentences are long, often meandering, intensely vivid and smooth Bellows are long and [...]

    13. Lasciar le donne Pazzo Quando ho iniziato il mio racconto ho detto che sarei stato semplice e avrei risposto ai colpi come venivano, e anche il carattere di un uomo il suo destino Be , allora ovvio che questo destino, o quello di cui si accontenta, anche il suo carattere Prima scrivi e poi cancelli e questo lo chiami lavorare Cos il padre Abram Bellow comment negli anni Trenta la scelta del figlio di dedicarsi alla letteratura come mestiere Un padre che non ebbe la fortuna di apprendere, nel 197 [...]

    14. An adventurous all american masterpiece of epic proportions well at least that s what I had hoped for with five stars flashing before my eyes before even reading the first page , so where did it all go wrong , predominantly because it tries to hard to be many different things at once with even the smallest interactions between characters broken up or halted to reflect on the human predicament, relationships or moments from the past, which on the whole I don t have a problem with from time to tim [...]

    15. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally It s said by some that Chicago might have the most vibrant literary community in the entire United States right now and if that s indeed true, it d be due in part to the remarkably popular One Book One Chicago OBOC program run by the Chicago Public Library CPL , one of the many things that makes it such a treat to b [...]

    16. Looking for the Great American Novel According to the likes of Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Christopher Hitchens, look no further than this book Why the book jacket would quote three Englishmen about the Great American Novel is a mystery not explained by the editors at Penguin Classics James Wood, in his almost ecstatic essay Saul Bellow s Comic Style, called Bellow probably the greatest writer of American prose of the 20th century where greatest means most abundant, various, precise, rich, [...]

    17. The Adventures of Augie March was once a great novel but its quality is eroding away At the end of WWII, a wave of outstanding Jewish writers appeared in America They included Herman Wouk, Leon Uris, Isaac Asimov, Ayn Rand, Joseph Heller, J D Salinger, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth and finally Saul Bellow the winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for literature These authors wrote about an America that was urban rather than rural and no longer Anglo Protestant Of the works they produced n [...]

    18. Manic, wordy, beautiful, almost successful attempt at the Great American Novel Sometimes Bellow s jazzy, Beat inflected language irritated me, and sometimes I was enraptured I can imagine Bellow writing this in a frenzy on a roll of toilet paper, in the same way that Kerouac wroteOn the Road, though I am almost certain he didn t.I enjoyed the Audible version although the inability to go back after the fact and savor language is a downside of an audiobook, I don t think that I would have had the [...]

    19. This is the American epic In the lineage of The Odyssey and The Aeneid and Argonautica, Bellow s The Adventures of Augie March is a modern struggle against, or for, fate It is an paean of life s potential, of endurance Augie s struggle is not to get ahead, but to take the helm of his fate, to direct it toward better waters, to live the way he wants, the way he feels is right for him, and the ways of life for other men be damned He is often showered with opportunities, grande advantages which he [...]

    20. This novel is unquestionably one of the great masterpieces of our time Saul Bellow paints portraits of characters like Rembrandt He has a brilliant technique for divulging not only the physical nuances of his characters but also gets deep into the essence of their souls He has an astute grasp of motivation and spins a complex tale with an ease that astounds Even the most unusual twists of fate seem natural and authentic Augie is a man in search of a worthwhile fate After struggling at the bottom [...]

    21. 536 pages of very small type, I might add What a chore reading this book was I began reading it in 2008 and finished over a year later and this was my third attempt Bellows uses every adjective in the dictionary Never heard of Belshazzar or Pasipha Me neither, but Bellows has, and he inserts every historical, mythological, biblical and classical reference, every Yiddish, Latin and French phrase, as well as every long word in English he knows, as if to say, Hey, look how smart I am Ostensibly, th [...]

    22. I knew from the first couple paragraphs of this novel that it was fantastic, amazing, like a well built Italian or German sports car However, once Bellow jumps into Augie s flight to Mexico with Thea where they try to to catch Mexican lizards with an wussy eagle it was equivalent to discovering that the sports car you are driving actually has 6 gears Anyway, this is one of those books where sentences seem likely to escape the gravity of English, the characters are as big as planets, and the plot [...]

    23. It took me almost forty years to read Augie March I bought the book in the late 70s cover price 1.95 and cover art worthy of Harold Robbins This was shortly after Bellow won the Nobel Prize for Literature and after years of listening to my father also Saul, also a first generation American Jew, and roughly Bellow s contemporary rave about the book It was also years before Bellow became a curmudgeonly conservative but that s another story The book sat on many different shelves all these years and [...]

    24. I was sick this week and stayed in bed for two days straight with all 586 lovely, lyrical, sad, brilliant pages of Augie March and his adventures It took me about 75 pages to get into Bellow s very particular style now I am hooked Done for This book contains so much that I am at a loss to describe it One of my favorite little snippets extremely pertinent to my current state of affairs I never blamed myself for throwing aside such things as didn t let themselves be read with fervor, for they left [...]

    25. The saga of a fatherless boy, brought up by his timid mother and overbearing grandmother, as he grows to a man, trying to make his way in Depression era Chicago and later, in other countries Augie believes that a man s character is his fate, and thus that this fate, or what he settles for, is also his character Therefore, always searching for a fate good enough somehow fitting into other people s schemes but never coming up with any of his own he feels buffeted by the vicissitudes of fate He hol [...]

    26. Saying I read this book is a lie I read part of it I wanted to read all of it because of Goodreader Tony s wonderful review And I particularly wanted to read it because my yellowing 50 cent paperback belonged to my father and was one of his favorite books I added this vintage cover, which cracked off when I opened it, to the collection it was published before there were ISBNs Anyway, I really wanted to read and love it, but alas I got buried and overwhelmed by the words and poetry, and I found I [...]

    27. Saul Bellow was one of the greatest writers of American Contemorary fiction to ever write It s just with this one I never was fully enagaged or emersed.The way Bellow wrote it was with great skill and intellect, he understood Man s place in time between the Great Depression and World War Two Not being able to love this book or get out of it is on me then Bellow s writing There would be no Jonathan Franzen or Jeffery Eugenides had Saul Bellow never written.I really enjoyed the eagle training pa [...]

    28. The Adventures of Augie March first published in 1953 is the 3rd novel of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature awardee, Saul Bellow The year before that he also won the Pulitzer award for his 8th novel, Humbolt s Gift He is the only writer who has won the National Book Award three times The Adventures of Augie March 1954 , Herzhog 1965 and Mr Sammler s Planet 1971 Last year, I read Herzhog and I gave it a 4 star I really liked it.I spent 5 days reading this It s an easy read but the plot is a bit [...]

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