Herzog Hardcover – 1 Jan 1965
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"A feast of language, situations, characters, ironies, and a controlled moral intelligence . . . Bellow s rapport with his central character seems to me novel writing in the grand style of a Tolstoy subjective, complete, heroic." Chicago Tribune
"Herzog has the range, depth, intensity, verbal brilliance, and imaginative fullness the mind and heart which we may expect only of a novel that is unmistakably destined to last." Newsweek
"Amasterpiece" The New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
SAUL BELLOW (1915 2005) won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Humboldt s Gift," and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The only novelist to receive three National Book Awards, he was presented the National Book Award Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
PHILIP ROTH, acclaimed author of "Portnoy s Complaint," "The Human Stain," and many other works of fiction, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts from the White House." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very ‘of its time’ non-tale of the family turmoil of a 47 year old American Jew in the late 1960s. Herzog has two ex-wives with a child by each. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H. Tee
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 13 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 13 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)