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The Adventures of Augie March

The Adventures of Augie March (Paperback)

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Saul Bellow's American masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March includes an introduction by Christopher Hitchens in Penguin Modern Classics. A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman. He is a 'born recruit', easily influenced by others who try to mould his destiny. Not until he tangles with the glamorous Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, can he attempt to break free. A modern day everyman on an odyssey in search of reality and identity, Augie March is the star of star performer in a richly observed human variety show, a modern-day Columbus in search of reality and fulfilment. Saul Bellow (1915-2005) was a Canadian-born American writer who enjoyed a dazzling career as a novelist, marked with numerous literary prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. His books include The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, More Die of Heartbreak, Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Seize The Day and The Victim.

If you enjoyed The Adventures of Augie March, you might like John Updike's Rabbit, Run, also available in Penguin Classics. 'The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further' Martin Amis, Guardian 'Funny, poignant, crowded with carnivalesque types and yet narrated by a voice that is lonely and simple, it is Bellow's fat comic masterpiece' Observer

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/04/2001 ISBN-13: 9780141184869  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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SAUL BELLOW's dazzling career as a novelist has been marked with numerous literary prizes, including the 1976 Nobel Prize, and the Gold Medal for the Novel. His other books include The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, More Die of Heartbreak, Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Seize The Day and The Victim. Saul Bellow died in 2005. Christopher Hitchens (b. 1949) is among the best known and most controversial figures in contemporary media. He is a prolific author, journalist, literary critic, and public intellectual who is often described as a "contrarian". Hitchens has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Nation, Slate and an occasional contributor to many other publications.

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This is one of the few books I’ve abandoned (after about 60 pages) and then returned to determined to complete which I did. This book is regarded as a classic of American literature and like all forms of art some will appeal more to some than others. It tells the story of a boy growing up in the USA before and during the depression and up to their entry into world war two. If you have an interest in the social history of a country then you’ll glean very little of the upheavals and social dislocation caused by the capitalist crash, this ain’t no Grapes of Wrath. Supposedly autobiographical the eponymous adventurer describes his childhood, youth and development and blessed with looks and personality he has a series of adventures, I suppose the most interesting and more story like is the part in Mexico. The prose is dense and there isn’t any great revelation or eureka moment when you, (well I didn’t) realise this was the work of a literary great. Maybe Seize the Day would be a better starting point as this was one of those novels I was glad to finish. I’d rate it 3.5/5.

- 04/10/2016
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