Mr Sammler's Planet (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 25 Oct 2007
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Bellows oeuvre is both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary. (Bryan Appleyard, "Sunday Times," London)
About the Author
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.
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From Sammler's recollection of an act of retribution in his escape from Auschwitz, to Wallace's lunar dreams and Sammler's struggle to unpack his own guilt, provide hugely thought provoking moments, often written with a beautiful, sparse language, and evoke some of the biggest questions and issues of the ouvre of an author known for his challenging of major themes.Read more ›
Sammler's benefactor is dying; his benefactor's children are ungrateful; Sammler himself has troubles with a pickpocket, and with his daughter and son-in-law. He reflects quite a bit on HG Wells and his world view. And on Meister Eckhardt, whom he is reading and with whom alone he feels an intellectual affinity. He stops to have a very long intellectual conversation in which he sums up his view of life in Chapter 5.
This is not without interest - but at the end of the day, more of an essay than a novel - and a book that is very much of its time.
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"Mr. Sammler's Planet," makes the case for sticking with an author's big hits before delving into their more exotic offerings. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by Stephen Siciliano