- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Delta (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385318774
- ISBN-13: 978-0385318778
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,162,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
Put simply, Bellow's new novel is about a distinguished botanist who in middle age is driven by his libido into making a bad marriage. Put thematically, it's about the pursuit of happiness, which all too frequently results only in the acceptance of unhappiness. As in all Bellow's novels since Herzog , philosophical speculation is as important as plot, if not more so. Here Bellow dwells on the cult of sex in contemporary culture, as well as such soul-diminishing demands as the drives for power, wealth, and prestige. For him this entails an ordeal of desire from which the West is suffering as surely as the East suffers from an ordeal of privation. Serious stuff, certainly, but it is Bellow's genius that he can present a provocative novel of ideas as a riotous comedy. Ample proof that Bellow remains one of our most significant writers, the comic sage of American letters.Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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One turns the last pages of More Die of Heartbreak feeling that no image has been left unexplored by a mind not only at constant work but standing outside itself, mercilessly examining the workings, tracking the leading issues of our times and the composite man in an age of hybrids. -- The New York Times Book Review, William Gaddis
Top Customer Reviews
I am a Bellow fan, read all of his novels, and wrote an Amazon guide: "A Guide to Reading Bellow." The present book is excellent. If I had to recommend just one, it would be "Herzog." but saying that, the present book is a surprise, like a breath of fresh air. Some of his novels have a warmth and charm, and have a certain tongue in cheek approach in describing the trials and tribulations of the narrator. The humour is mixed in with the meaning of our short lives, and the future of our souls. Bellow thought that the development of realism was the major event of modern literature. That includes how we view subjects such as sex, life and death, etc. Having said that, we see two changes here. One is that in most Bellow novels the men dominate the women, or they are equal. Yes, the women often divorce our hero in other works, but here the men are like putty in the hands of the women. Also, instead of one narrator, the present narrator, Kenneth, is so close to his uncle Benn that it seems like the story about two people not one.
In case you are new to Bellow, his novels reflect his life, his writings, and his five marriages during his five active decades of writing. He hit his peak as a writer around the time of "Augie March" in 1953 and continued through to the Pulitzer novel "Humbolt's Gift" in 1973. He wrote from the early 1940s through to 2000. His novels are written in a narrative form, and the main character is a Jewish male - usually a writer but not always - and he is living in either in New York or Chicago. Bellow wrote approximately 13 novels and a number of other works.Read more ›
The singular impression I got as I read and continued reading was that the story line held together throughout. Most writers have great inspiration and poor execution or great execution and poor inspiration, and the fabric frays. In this magnificent and therapeutic work, however, Bellow displays an admirable/enviable ability to manage the project and keep the reader invested to the very end.
Now back to Herzog.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to add to my Saul Bellow collection. I expect to read this book in due course.Published on January 22, 2014 by B. Ward
There's something to be said for the relationship between the narrator and his uncle (portrayed by Corey Haim and Wink Martindale, disrespectfully), but most of the profundities... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Titus Oliphant
The only thing that impressed me was the number of sentences, paragraphs--pages, even--that this guy wrote without saying anything at all.Published on November 9, 2003