The Adventures of Augie March

The Adventures of Augie March

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The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, Tom Parker

Among the names in the papers in 1953-from Khrushchev to Charlie Chaplin, from Dwight Eisenhower to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth-was Saul Bellow's, whose The Adventures of Augie March attracted enormous attention for its fresh, bold, exhilarating voice and thrust Saul Bellow into the international literary limelight.

Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication, Viking is reissuing Bellow's landmark novel in a beautiful new hardcover edition, with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens. The Adventures of Augie March set the stage for Bellow's Nobel Prize Award in 1976 and established him as a crucial voice that demanded to be heard. Fifty years later, it remains the best loved of Bellow's works as new readers discover this vital, truly American masterpiece.

Author Biography: Saul Bellow, author of twelve novels and numerous novellas and short stories, is the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards, for The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Humboldt's Gift and, in 1976, won the Nobel Prize in Literature. A longtime resident of Chicago, Mr. Bellow now lives in New England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786162543
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 18
Product dimensions: 7.03(w) x 6.29(h) x 2.13(d)

About the Author

SAUL BELLOW (1915-2005) is the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards, for The Adventures of Augie MarchHerzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet. He was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Humboldt's Gift in 1975, and in 1976 received the Nobel Prize for Literature "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work."

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 Adventures of Augie March 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Think of this as a mid-20th century 'Great Expectations'. Occasionally strays and challenges your attention span, but an entertaining read in the end.