The Adventures of Augie March
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The Adventures of Augie March

By (author) Saul Bellow , Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

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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").

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • 26 Apr 2001
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • 0141184868
  • 9780141184869
  • 24,097

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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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[Bellow s] body of work is more capacious of imagination and language than anyone else s If there s a candidate for the Great American Novel, I think this is it. Salman Rushdie, "The Sunday Times "(London)"

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This is a wonderful book, if wonderful?? still means full of wonder. It has more conventional virtues as well. Mr. Bellow has taken a legendary time in the United States- the twenties and the depression, and a city, Chicago, that was a legend in that time and set his Ulysses to learning life there. But this is an American legend and an American hero and the author has taken Augie, either in person or his friends, through almost every American experience of the period- slum life, high life, organizing unions, riding the rails, selling paint, grooming dogs, student, thief, etc. as well as lover, friend and a most human human being. The people surrounding him are no less varied and rich in qualities. Through it all Augie moves trying to find his individuality and his destiny. Power after power reaches toward him, or touches him, and teaches him more about himself. It is a book of extremes and superlatives - rough, funny, sad, wild, tender, vulgar, pure- written in a style that is a mid point between stream of consciousness and conversation- as though Augie were thinking to himself in words..... 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. (Kirkus Reviews)

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