From Kirkus Reviews
In 1989, both in paperback original, appeared Bellow's hundred-page-or-so novella A Theft, followed a few months later by The Bellarosa Connection, which came in at about the same length. Add now ``Something to Remember Me By,'' a 35-page story that lends its admittedly poignant title to the present volume of the three tales under one cover. The new piece is the remembrance--back in Chicago of 1933--of a 17-year-old boy's first encounter with a hooker, this wonderfully comic episode occurring against the somber backdrop of the lingering death of the boy's mother by cancer. Though it may stretch credibility at a moment or two, the story brims over in the riches of Bellow's observing eye and his pulse- perfect renderings of life's textures in immigrant Chicago during a dreary Depression winter. Those are far luckiest who didn't buy the earlier two separate volumes, since here are all three for less than the price of one. Including a preface by Bellow on the merits and virtues of writing short. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
"I think it A Work of Genius. I think it The Work of a Genius. I think it brilliant, splendid, etc. If there is literature (and this proves there is), this is where it's at."
"Bellow's incremental sound--or noise--rejects imitation the way the human immune system will reject foreign tissue. There are no part-Bellows or next-generation Bellows; there are no literary descendants."
"Bellow's special appeal is that in his characteristically American way he has managed brilliantly to close the gap between Thomas Mann and Damon Runyon."
(Philip Roth, The New Republic)
"Saul Bellow is probably the greatest writer of American prose of the twentieth-century--where greatest means most abundant, various, precise, rich, lyrical. Reading Bellow is a special way of being alive."
(James Wood, The New Republic)
"No modern writer has better constructed this anxious and very serious comedy, more clearly defined the encounter between thought and the labyrinth, more exactly captured the strange Byzantine, parrot-filled meeting places of modern thought, modern heart, and modern silence."
(Malcolm Bradbury, The Guardian)
"Sharp, erudite, beautifully measured . . . [Bellow] is one of the most gifted chroniclers of the Western world."
(The Times (London))
"Bellow's prose is poetic, wistful and ironic, rich in humor and packed with ideas . . . If William Faulkner was the most celebrated American novelist of the twentieth century's first half, Saul Bellow has owned the second fifty years."
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