Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics), The

Saul Bellow
As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this gem by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Bold, expansive, and keenly humorous, The Adventures of Augie March blends street language with literary elegance to tell the story of a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression. A "born recruit," Augie makes himself available for hire by plungers, schemers, risk takers, and operators, compiling a record of choices that is-to say the least- eccentric.


Reviewed: 2021-01-19
- easy to read
- it's long, wow, it's long
- like a decompressed Cormac McCarthy. Mr McCarthy would have studied Bellow's work closely. Bellow is much closer Cormac McCarthy that is Faulkner.
- lots of great lines, great aphorisms and ideas.
- his descriptions are not over-long. He just quickly sets detailed scenes and tries to do it in one or two sentences
- doesn't really go anywhere.
- I now know more about Augie March than about 2/3 of the people I have ever met.
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