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The Dean's December
     

The Dean's December

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by Saul Bellow
 

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Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his expose of city corruption. Accused of betraying his city, as well as being a racist, he journeys to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, only to find corruption rife in the Communist capital. Switching back and forth between the two cities, The Dean's December represents

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Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his expose of city corruption. Accused of betraying his city, as well as being a racist, he journeys to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, only to find corruption rife in the Communist capital. Switching back and forth between the two cities, The Dean's December represents Bellow's "most spirited resistance to the forces of our time" (Malcolm Bradbury).

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Robert Tower
''The Dean's December'' is heavily thematic - and talky. But the themes are fully grounded in the book's matrix of idea and event and language. And the talk is excellent. Despite my distrust of didacticism and my yearnings for a stronger line of action, I found the novel continuously interesting in its play of ideas (even when cranky) and moving in its fervor. And Bellow's style - the play of language, the ''spin'' that he puts upon words - has never been more arresting. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140189131
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Malcolm Bradbury
The Dean's December represents Beller's most spirited resistence to the forces of our time.

Meet the Author

A literary giant, the novelist Saul Bellow (1915-2005) was one of the foremost chroniclers of the Jewish-American post-war experience. His many prizes include the Pulitzer, three National Book Awards, and the Nobel Prize, which he received in 1976 for the "human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work." Herzog, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, and the picaresque novel The Adventures of Augie March are among his best-loved books.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 10, 1915
Date of Death:
April 5, 2005
Place of Birth:
Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Place of Death:
Brookline, Massachusetts
Education:
University of Chicago, 1933-35; B.S., Northwestern University, 1937

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The Dean's December 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, Bellow is smart, perhaps too smart, if that's possible. But the themes of 'The Dean's December' (a world of commerce seen through the eyes of an intellect and dreamer, Chicago's corruption placed beside Communism, mankind's disregard for one another and for beauty) are profound and in Bellow's hands handled deftly. This was his first book after being awarded the Nobel Prize and this is often seen as Bellow's heavy and serious book. And though I don't recommend it as a first read for initiates, I found the book beautifully written, intelligent and like all of Bellow's work's, original. Also, it was the first book of Bellow's where he showed a true warmth and affection for a female character. Yes, his books are 'talky' but it is the talkiness of Bellow and his characters that makes his work stand above so much else. Amidst this talkiness are jewels of wisdom. His voice is like no other.