The Adventures Of Augie March [NOOK Book]

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The great novel of the American dream, of ?the universal eligibility to be noble,? Saul Bellow?s third book charts the picaresque journey of one schemer, chancer, romantic, and holy fool: Augie March. Awarded the National Book Award in 1953,?The Adventures of Augie March?remains one of the classics of American literature. An impulsively active, irresistibly charming and resolutely free-spirited man, Augie March leaves his family of poor Jewish immigrants behind and sets off in search of reality, fulfillment, and ...
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The great novel of the American dream, of “the universal eligibility to be noble,” Saul Bellow’s third book charts the picaresque journey of one schemer, chancer, romantic, and holy fool: Augie March. Awarded the National Book Award in 1953, The Adventures of Augie March remains one of the classics of American literature. An impulsively active, irresistibly charming and resolutely free-spirited man, Augie March leaves his family of poor Jewish immigrants behind and sets off in search of reality, fulfillment, and most importantly, love. During his exultant quest, he latches on to a series of dubious schemes – from stealing books and smuggling immigrants to training a temperamental eagle to hunt lizards – and strong-minded women – from the fiery, eagle-owning Thea Fenchel, to the sneaky and alluring Stella. As Augie travels from the depths of poverty to the peaks of worldly success, he stands as an irresistible, poignant incarnation of the American idea of freedom. Written in the cascades of brilliant, biting, ravishing prose that would come to be known as “Bellovian,” The Adventures of Augie March re-wrote the language of Saul Bellow’s generation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623730024
  • Publisher: Odyssey Editions
  • Publication date: 7/21/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 201,638
  • File size: 709 KB

Meet the Author

Saul Bellow
A fiction writer, essayist, playwright, lecturer, and memoirist, Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago. He received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937 and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin before serving in the Marines during World War II. Later, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, Bellow served as a war correspondent for Newsday. Throughout his long and productive career, he contributed fiction to several magazines and quarterlies, including The New Yorker, Partisan Review, Playboy, and Esquire, as well as criticism to The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The New Leader, and others.
Universally recognized as one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, Bellow has won more honors than almost any other American writer. Among these, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Humboldt's Gift and the B’nai B’rith Jewish Heritage Award for “excellence in Jewish literature.” He was the first American to win the International Literary Prize, and remains the only novelist in history to have received three National Book awards, for The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet. In 1976, Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work.” Saul Bellow died in 2005 at age 89.

Biography

Praised for his vision, his ear for detail, his humor, and the masterful artistry of his prose, Saul Bellow was born of Russian Jewish parents in Lachine, Quebec in 1915, and was raised in Chicago. He received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. During the Second World War he served in the Merchant Marines.

His first two novels, Dangling Man (1944) and The Victim (1947) are penetrating, Kafka-like psychological studies. In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent two years in Paris and traveling in Europe, where he began his picaresque novel The Adventures of Augie March, which went on to win the National Book Award for fiction in 1954. His later books of fiction include Seize the Day (1956); Henderson the Rain King (1959); Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories (1968); Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970); Humboldt's Gift (1975), which won the Pulitzer Prize; The Dean's December (1982); More Die of Heartbreak (1987);Theft (1988); The Bellarosa Connection (1989); The Actual (1996); and, most recently, Ravelstein (2000). Bellow has also produced a prolific amount of non-fiction, collected in To Jerusalem and Back, a personal and literary record of his sojourn in Israel during several months in 1975, and It All Adds Up, a collection of memoirs and essays.

Bellow's many awards included the International Literary Prize for Herzog, for which he became the first American to receive the prize; the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the highest literary distinction awarded by France to non-citizens; the B'nai B'rith Jewish Heritage Award for "excellence in Jewish Literature"; and America's Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the first time this award has been made to a literary personage. In 1976 Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work."

Bellow passed away on April 5, 2005 at the age of 89.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Solomon Bellow (real name)
      Saul Bellow
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 10, 1915
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lachine, Quebec, Canada
    1. Date of Death:
      April 5, 2005
    2. Place of Death:
      Brookline, Massachusetts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    The Great American Novel

    If you have the time and patience, I highly recommend this novel. It's a bit tedious, but you'll soon forget. I loved reading how Augie floated through life, LIVED HIS LIFE, and experienced more, than we in society today allow ourselves to feel and live. As he chases after the American Dream, we the reader come to the harsh reality, that even Augie, trying to survive and find himself along the way, can account for more in every aspect of life than we, the self-involved patrons of the 21st century, can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    Breakthrough book 1

    This was Bellow's first breakthrough book. The second , and one which captured America's heart, and in my opinion the better one ( and one truer to Bellow himself) is Herzog. This book opens with the now famous line' I am an American Chicago born' And it is the Jewish American writer's step toward identifying himself as one hundred percent fully American. It is a picaresque work on a great carnival of characters canvass. It does have a spirit of adventure, but I found it ( It is a very long book) too long. After a thousand turns in the plot, the thousand and first is not that interesting. Nontheless its colloquial language, its Bellowese ,its energy, its zest for life mark it out as an important work. If I were asked to choose which Bellow to read I would not choose this one first. But it is nonetheless a very good book , and one well - worth going at least part of the distance with .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Stick with this one

    Think of this as a mid-20th century 'Great Expectations'. Occasionally strays and challenges your attention span, but an entertaining read in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    A mixed bag that requires some effort

    I liked this better than ¿Henderson The Rain King,¿ because it was a little more believable. However, it is about 200 pages too long. Of course, the writing is wonderful, but I sometimes found it difficult to keep the characters straight. Augie is likable, despite chronic foolishness, and, as he comes to realize, his ¿disappointed life¿ is anything but. He is buffeted from one precarious situation to another, with little regard for the likely consequences. The discussion on what it means to ¿make a living¿ pretty much sums it up: Augie may live somewhat parasitically from a financial standpoint, but he loves life and lives it to the fullest.

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