Henderson The Rain King

Author: Saul Bellow
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141913819
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Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story, HENDERSON THE RAIN KING is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

Henderson The Rain King

Author: Saül Bellow
Editor: Avon Books
ISBN: 9780380008322
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The Search For Identity

Author: Clara Mojoko Gobina
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Saul Bellow And American Transcendentalism

Author: Mohammad A. Quayum
Editor: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820436524
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"Saul Bellow and American Transcendentalism "explores Saul Bellow's moral and philosophical affinity with the writers of American transcendentalism, especially Emerson and Whitman. Its focus is on the -vintage- Bellow, or his -mature- novels, from "Henderson the Rain King" (1959) to "The Dean's December "(1982). In these novels, Bellow highlights a moral crisis, arising from humankind's despiritualization and dehumanization, which, he believes, is responsible for an ongoing dichotomy in the modern world. Bellow describes this as a dichotomy of the -Cleans- and the -Dirties-, in the context of American culture. To rectify this dichotomy and redeem humankind from its current -death-ridden- state, Bellow and his protagonists advance a vision of life that corresponds to the transcendental vision of dialogue and -double consciousness-, or coordination and balance. Like Emerson, they advocate, -The mid-world is best... A man is a golden impossibility; the line he must walk is a hair's breadth-. Comparable to Whitman, they urge the individual to -knit the knot of contrariety- and act as -an arbiter of the diverse-."

Romantic Postmodernism In American Fiction

Author: Eberhard Alsen
Editor: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789051839685
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Intended for teachers and students of American Literature, this book is the first comprehensive analysis of romantic tendencies in postmodernist American fiction. The book challenges the opinion expressed in the Columbia History of the American Novel (1991) and propagated by many influential scholars that the mainstream of postmodernist fiction is represented by the disjunctive and nihilistic work of such writers as Kathy Acker, Donald Barthelme, and Robert Coover. Professor Alsen disagrees. He contends that this kind of fiction is not read and taught much outside an isolated but powerful circle in the academic community. It is the two-part thesis of Professor Alsen's book that the mainstream of postmodernist fiction consists of the widely read work of the Nobel Prize laureates Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison and other similar writers and that this mainstream fiction is essentially romantic. To support his argument, Professor Alsen analyzes representative novels by Saul Bellow, J.D. Salinger, Norman Mailer, Flannery O'Connor, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, the later John Barth, Alice Walker, William Kennedy, and Paul Auster. Professor Alsen demonstrates that the traits which distinguish the fiction of the romantic postmodernists from the fiction of their disunctive and nihilist colleagues include a vision of life that is a form of philosophical idealism, an organic view of art, modes of storytelling that are reminiscent of the nineteenth-century romance, and such themes as the nature of sin or evil, the negative effects of technology on the soul, and the quest for transcendence.

Henderson The Rain King

Author: Edmond Schraepen
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ISBN: 9780582781689
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Saul Bellow S Moral Vision

Author: L. H. Goldman
Editor: Ardent Media
ISBN: 9780829010565
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Acting Rhetoric Interpretation In Selected Novels By F Scott Fitzgerald Saul Bellow

Author: Jamal Assadi
Editor: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820463292
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Original Scholarly Monograph

Saul Bellow Against The Grain

Author: Ellen Pifer
Editor: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812213690
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Pifer contends that Bellow's fiction is radical. Going against the grain of contemporary culture and its secular pieties, the novelist undermines accepted notions of reality and challenges the "orthodoxies" created by materialist values and rationalist thought. Bellow's ten novels actually test the assumptions of traditional realism—the genre with which his fiction is usually identified.

Novels 1956 1964

Author: Saül Bellow
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Passionate, insightful, often funny, and exhibiting a linguistic richness few writers have equaled, the novels of Saul Bellow are among the defining achievements of postwar American literature. Novels 1956-1964 opens with Seize the Day, a tightly wrought novella that, unfolding over the course of a single devastating day, explores the desperate predicament of the failed actor and salesman Tommy Wilhelm. The austere psychological portraiture of Seize the Day is followed by an altogether different book, Henderson the Rain King, the ebullient tale of the irresistible eccentric Eugene Henderson, best characterized by his primal mantra 'I want! I want!' Beneath the novel's comic surface lies an affecting parable of one man's quest to know himself and come to terms with morality; like Don Quixote, Henderson is, as Bellow later described him, 'an absurd seeker of high qualities.' Henderson's irrepressible vitality is matched by that of Moses Herzog, the eponymous hero of Bellow's best-selling 1964 novel. His wife having abandoned him for his best friend, Herzog is on the verge of mental collapse and has embarked on a furious letter-writing campaign as an outlet for his all-consuming rage. Bellow's bravura performance in Herzog launched a new phase of his career, as literary acclaim was now joined by a receptive mass audience in America.