- Publisher: The Viking Press (1966)
- ASIN: B00JCVEDBU
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,974,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adventures of Augie March; Paperback – 1966
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The dictionary definition of picaresque is "of or relating to an episodic style of fiction describing a rough, dishonest but appealing hero." Without a it
doubt this books encompasses this description. It paints a vivid picture of America notably but not limited to Chicago and Jewish live in the 1920s to 1940s.I especially like his writing style, often luminous but on occasion complicated to the point of being tortuous. Certtain passages paint a noteworthy word picture of various persons and events. Augie himself is a most engaging if flawed character. The rise and fall and rise and fall and once agin rise of his ever resourceful brother Simon is a superb character delineation worthy of the best such in literature.
Despite the above cited faults or perhaps, in part because of them, and the demands of the reader "The Adventures of Augie March" deserves to be in the pantheon of great English language novels.
I will say that the opening chapters made me work. This is not a quick read. But once I fell into Bellows's style and got accustomed to the philosophical monologues both from Augie and other characters , I found it hard to put down.