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Herzog by Saul Bellow

Herzog (original 1964; edition 2003)

by Saul Bellow (Author), Philip Roth (Introduction)

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Authors:Saul Bellow (Author)
Other authors:Philip Roth (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Edition: unknown, 400 pages
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Tags:Randwick Library, 1001, fictional biography

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Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964)

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    thorold: Rushdie's Fury is an ironic 21st century take on the professor-as-victim theme, with a whole string of references back to Herzog.
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The slow unwinding of a complex character of a midlife academic with a chaotic personal history. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 19, 2017 |
Pochi fatti e tante riflessioni sulla vita, sui rapporti, sulla mote. ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
The letters drag, but the scenes at the cabin make it all worthwhile. ( )
  benjaminsiegel | Jul 30, 2016 |
Herzog's wife leaves him for another man and has a breakdown. This is the story of his working through that crisis. This very rich book (especially rich in language) works on many levels, the level of how our almost subconscious feelings quickly change to the level of the great philosophical questions of western man. ( )
  pnorman4345 | Feb 26, 2016 |
who knows why i read this book?? herzog is a jerk and perhaps this is the
author's attempt to write about a scholarly person who happens to be jewish and who is born in Canada of russian immigrants. I read this thing to the end and I don't know what all the fuss is about. ( )
  annbury | Aug 17, 2015 |
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Anybody who has gotten some distance from a heartbreak’s wickedest throes, and wants to understand it, and wants to feel again the vibrancy of mind that made love possible in the first place, should read... Herzog.
A masterpiece... Herzog's voice... for all its wildness and strangeness and foolishness is the voice of a civilization, our civilization... The book is new and classic, and its publicaiton now... suggests that things are looking up for America and its civilization.
added by GYKM | editThe New York Times Book Review, Julian Moynahan
With this new work, his sixth novel, Saul Bellow emerges not only as the most intelligent novelist of his generation but also as the most consistently interesting in the point of growth and development. To my mind, too, he is the finest stylist at present writing fiction in America.
added by GYKM | editBook Week, Philip Rahv
A novel that is certain to be talked about and written about for a long time to come, Herzog reinforces my conviction that Bellow is the leading figure in American fiction today.
added by GYKM | editSaturday Review, Granville Hicks
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To Pat Covici, a great editor and, better yet, a generous friend, this book is affectionately dedicated
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If I am out of my mind, it's all right with me, thought Moses Herzog.
"Why to get laid is actually socially constructive and useful, an act of citizenship."
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Herzog is a massive accomplishment that has repeatedly been likened to Joyce’s Ulysses. It remains Bellow’s “biggest” book and was on the New York Times best-seller list for the entire year. At its heart is Bellow’s profound shock at discovering, a year after his separation from Sondra, (Alexandra Tschacbasov, his second wife) her affair with their mutual friend, Jack Ludwig. The last of their circle to know he had been deceived, Bellow lapsed into deep depression and produced an intensely self-justifying hero who was tearful, cuckolded, and utterly humiliated. Moses Herzog, a Jewish intellectual is essentially precipitated into intellectual and spiritual crisis by the failure of his marriage. The plot of the novel is slender. Herzog leaves his home and marriage, fails in the classroom, abandons his academic project, and undertakes a massive spiritual and intellectual housekeeping via the production of dozens of letters to God, the long dead, the recent, dead, and the living. At the end of it he seems to have regained his sense of Jewish identity, purged himself of violent anger, abandoned his latest mistresses, and his repented of his dandyism. He has had a profound education in the realities of human nature, and rediscovered the value of nature and solitude on his Ludeyville estate. No longer the Graf Potocki of the Berkshires, both he and the estate seem to be reverting to some less pretentious earlier natural condition. After being in constant motion physically and mentally for the most part of the novel, he is finally seen at rest in a hammock, contemplating the night sky.
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A novel complex, compelling, absurd and realistic, Herzog became a classic almost as soon as it was published in 1964. In it Saul Bellow tells the tale of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by sending out a series of letters to all kinds of people. The letters in total constitute a thoughtful examination of his own life and that which has occurred around him. What emerges is not always pretty, but serves as gritty foundation for this absorbing novel.

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A suffering and persecuted intellectual, Moses E. Herzog passively accepts the disasters of his private and public affairs in an effort to survive modern civilization.

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