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Posted June 14, 2011
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A great writer until the very end.
I've loved Saul Bellow for a long time now but avoided this book because I've read so many negative reviews of it and didn't want to ruin my appreciation for Saul by reading a bad book. When I finally decided to read it, I found that not only is it a good book, but it's one of his best. I'd actually go so far as to call this my favorite book by him right behind Herzog. It's written in something akin to second person narration, like the method used in the Great Gatsby or The Good Soldier. The narrator mostly relates stories concerning his friend Ravelstein, but includes himself marginally. This is kind of similar to the style he created with More Die of Heartbreak, but this book has less of a cynical edge. Anyways, don't let bad reviews fool you, this is a phenomenal book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.