- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
- Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140189432
- ISBN-13: 978-0140189438
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,264,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Herzog (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
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"A feast of language, situations, characters, ironies, and a controlled moral intelligence . . . Bellow’s rapport with his central character seems to me novel writing in the grand style of a Tolstoy—subjective, complete, heroic." —Chicago Tribune
"Herzog has the range, depth, intensity, verbal brilliance, and imaginative fullness—the mind and heart—which we may expect only of a novel that is unmistakably destined to last." —Newsweek
"A masterpiece" —The New York Times Book Review--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
SAUL BELLOW (1915–2005) won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Humboldt’s Gift, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The only novelist to receive three National Book Awards, he was presented the National Book Award Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
PHILIP ROTH, acclaimed author of Portnoy’s Complaint, The Human Stain, and many other works of fiction, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts from the White House. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I agree with another review that I read that this is not the book that I would select to introduce someone to Saul Bellow. I have been reading Saul Bellow's works in chronological order for study purposes. Therefore there are works of his that I have yet to read. In terms of his earlier work, the book I like, even love, the most is "The Adventures Of Augie Match", published about eleven years earlier. The only possible reservation in recommending that novel is that some readers will find it somewhat lengthy.
As I stated above, there are some parts of this novel that relate to the protagonist's inner thoughts and inner dialogue. This reminds me of a style of writing know as "stream of consciousness". I have never actually read anyone describe "Herzog" as being an example of stream of consciousness. In any event I cannot readily think of any example of stream of conscious writing that I truly enjoyed. However there is also a lot of this novel that is traditional narrative and that I liked very much.
In summary, this is a very well written and sophisticated work. There were parts I liked very much and I am truly glad I have read this work. However this is not a work I plan to reread without good reason as opposed Augie March which I absolutely intend to read again at the end of my study of this fine author. Thank You...