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An exploration of victimhood. Almost a page-turner, and definitely worth reading,
This review is from: The Victim (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
The Victim's protagonist Leventhal, is a man victimised by life. His upbringing and Jewish background, apparently natural precursors to his mentality. Faced with the accusation by Allbee that he is to blame for this man's slide into iniquity, the confidence of Leventhal's initial revolt is later shaken by the nature of his mentality.
Saul Bellow's novel explores victimhood. The victimhood of an individual and the victimhood of a culture, and the difficulties that such contrary fatalism may bring, both in the sense of expectation and in the response of others. Or indeed the advantages of the opposite. Leventhal is a success, but he protests a little too vehemently, and still lurks an unseen doubt that this success should have ever been so. Allbee? well, read the story.
Whilst this is performed artfully, with beautiful and philosophical prose, the story was a little too sparse for the length of the book, and dragged towards the end.
Almost a page-turner, and definitely worth reading.