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The novel also contains a profound and bitter sense of betrayal, Herzog's as his marriage fails and his child whisked from him, Bellow's as similar events in his life mirrored the plot.
This is Bellow's most autobiographical work, including his bizarre childhood and the way he sees an exiled, crushed class (and race) adjust to their new lives, while he with his fabulously realised child's eyes sees only the surface, but sees things an adult would consider sinister.
This book is either a masterpiece or so close it makes no difference. Check it out when you're prepared to be tantalised and confused.
Occasionally other people intrude. He spends a night with his latest girlfriend, Ramona. He rather creepily stalks his ex-wife Madeleine and her partner at her home one night, watching them through the window. He takes his daughter to the zoo carrying an antique pistol, loaded, wrapped in a blanket of czarist roubles, is involved in a minor car crash and finds himself in the police station charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon. In amongst this he travels around New York, Chicago and his country pile in the Berkshires.
For the reader there is little doubt that Herzog is a little unhinged. How else to explain his resentment at the anger displayed by Madeleine when she collects their daughter from the police station? How else to explain the capricious wanderings by train, plane and automobile? How else to explain the compulsive scribblings?
Some of Herzog’s musings reveal a streak of misogyny. It is not possible to say definitively that this reflected Bellow’s own attitudes, but some of the circumstances in the book reflect Bellow’s own at the time.Read more ›
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Herzog is one of those books which you feel you should read rather than one you want to read. It reads like an important book more than an enjoyable book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Creer
I only read about a third of this book and that was enough for me to know that I didn't like it. When it starts becoming a chore for me to pick up a book and start reading that's... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jenny
I am sure the narcissistic angst of Herzog was a major inspiration for Woody Allen. However I am fed up with the dated introspection that this book exemplifies. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gethin Darklord