9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)Very disappointing book. I expected much more from a writer with Bellow's talents, but found a rather tame, and very American, justification of Zionism laced with some trite observations about the European left. None of the conclusions about the human condition we might expect from a Nobel prize winner, as the hapless Arabs are even less a presence in the book than the European left.
Once or twice something memorable emerges, like a young Jewish mathematician who solved several important maths problems while in a Soviet gulag, but nothing that sustains the book.
Read Sami Michael's novel 'Victoria' instead.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 11 Jun 2008 12:53:02 BDT
Ross Gowland says:
"...but found a rather tame, and very American, justification of Zionism laced with some trite observations about the European left."
It's hardly surprising, though, considering Bellow's political opinions.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2009 14:14:09 GMT
Gareth Smyth says:
Perhaps not, but Bellow was a great writer and I expected more. The politics can be read elsewhere.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›