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Posted October 3, 2011
Seeing the world through the eyes of Mr Sammler. a 70 year old Jew living in New York City, opens the reader's eyes to see his experience of the world in which he lives. Mr Sammler's interpretation of his world, from Holocaust in Germany to multi-cultural America, challenges the reader to examine cultural norms. As Mr. Sammler seeks his meaning and place in the world the reader is invited to consider the same. Do we accept only what we see, or consider there may be more that we do not see? What is the nature of the planet we live on?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2009
Wolfram Kandinsky, your mother is calling
I may go back and read the book, but the audio version was insufferable. The reader's style fairly dripped with smug self-importance that overlaid the whole book. What a smart aleck! Yet the book, too, was jammed with page after page of endless lists and intellectual confetti that didn't so much build the characters as fluff Bellow's ego. On and on he went, ricocheting like a rabid dog, throwing in every thought he'd ever had on every subject under the sun. Next to him, Henry Miller wrote haiku.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2005
His own epitaph
I read this book when I had to - it was assigned as a text in a American intellectual history class I took in college in 1974 - but it moved me, nevertheless. I have gone back to it since and, if anything, it reads even better now. The anti-1960's topical crankiness has a different context now, and you can appreciate the intelligence and the characters more. Most important, though, I challenge anyone to read the last page and not have their breathing stop for just a moment. It is, to me, the most heart-felt comment on the human condition I have read in American literature. And now that Bellow is gone, it reads to me poignantly as if it were his own commentary on a life well-livedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2003
Saul Bellow's Planet
Having enjoyed Humboldt's Gift I imagined Mr. Sammler's Planet would be half as enjoyable at least. Instead I was amazed. The book, in short, deals with the end of the 20th century, survival, New York, The Holocaust, man's obligation to one another and obligation to family. There's plenty of comic mishaps and eccentric, intellectuals but I was impressed with the heart of the story. The heart belongs, of course, to Mr. Sammler. Seeing a modern, mixed-up New York through the eyes of a Polish Holocaust survivor was truly enlightening. I was surprised by how much heart the book truly had. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys great prose, great ideas and a heightened way of looking at the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2003
Not the best Bellow
This is Bellow's most grumpy book. Its whole tone and feeling is of disenchantment with life, and anger with the mess of a civilization we live in. West Side New York is shown at its Needle Park worst. As it is Bellow however it also filled with profound reflections and much ironic humor. It is certainly worth reading, but it is far from his best. For that you must go to 'Seize the Day' ' Herzog 'and various parts of many of his other works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2009
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