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by Saul Bellow

Free eBook Modern Classics Actual (Penguin Modern Classics) download ISBN: 0141188847
Author: Saul Bellow
Publisher: Penguin Classic (March 25, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 128
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
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Saul Bellow's dazzling career as a novelist has been marked with numerous literary prizes, including the 1976 Nobel Prize, and the Gold Medal for the Novel

Saul Bellow's dazzling career as a novelist has been marked with numerous literary prizes, including the 1976 Nobel Prize, and the Gold Medal for the Novel. His other books include The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, More Die of Heartbreak, Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories, Mr Sammler's Planet, Seize The Day and The Victim. Saul Bellow died in 2005. Series: Penguin Modern Classics.

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The story behind The Actual belongs to Harry Trellman, an aging, astute businessman who has never belonged anywhere.
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Like other later short works, this is a little gem. Bellows account of an old and futile love is full of the kinds of regrets and second guessing that goes with old age. Well worth a read and fully satisfying.
I bought this book to add to my collection of Saul Bellow works, and I will read it in due course.
Given his almost Japanese appearance, Jewish Harry Trellman is a life-long outsider, at the orphanage and school (too brainy), on the street. Saul Bellow leaves much of his adult life to his readers’ imagination. There is mention of Burma and Guatemala, dealing in or restoring local art, possibly as a cover for other jobs requiring being a keen observer, listener and analyst. When young he fell in love with Amy, who married other men and for forty years he communes with her mentally, every day. Finally, he resettles in Chicago where he starts an art gallery/consultancy. His analytic talents are noticed during a dinner party by 92-year old hotel mogul Sigmund Adletsky, who hires him as advisor, sounding board on people: they gossip seriously...
To what effect is for readers to find out. Whilst Harry remains largely mysterious, the rest of the cast is much better portrayed, incl. his dream girl Amy, her two husbands, a toy millionaire and his murderous wife, even billionaire Sigmund and his sprightly wife (91), both tiny and razor-sharp in their dotage.
At times philosophical, introspective, ironic, scathing and hilarious, this wonderful novella by a deep writer whose time was almost up, also offers a non-religious, fully realistic resurrection from the grave and a happy ending. A triumphant farewell of a great author.
This is a good novella and really was a pleasant change from the crazy stuff I'd been reading lately.I note that one reviewer absolutely hates the ending.The ending may seem trite but it is indeed about the lead character confronting the actual which is often trite.Harry , needs a bit of "embodying".He's a bit too detached and ethereal.There is no significant plot here.Nothing much happens.My favorite quote from the book is as follows-These were all commonplace persons.I would never let them think so, but it's time to admit that I looked down on them.They were lacking in higher motives.They were run-of -of-the mill products of our mass democracy... -.Now , that's fun(and actually kind of funny on more than one level).That is Harry.If you enjoy this kind of thing -sharp,honest,unflattering- you'll have a good time with this book.Harry faces - not quite the end- but the beginning of the end with considerable intelligence and a fair amount of sense.It's nice to see.Yes, this is an old mans book!
I am a Bellow fan and have read 12 of his 13 novels, and created an amazon guide: "A Guide to Reading Saul Bellow."

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 somewhere 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 plus other works. Bellow progressed a long way as a writer over the five decades. This story was written near the end of his career in 1997 and is nothing like the early novels "Dangling Man" or "The Victim" written 50 years earlier. Those were heavy slow reads. "Dangling Man" is often boring, and Bellow was in search of his writing style in that period of the 1940s. The present novel is light reading, written in an easy to follow style and is just over 100 pages, barely more than a short story. It has some merit but it is a far cry from the brilliant writing of "Herzog" or the entertaining read "Humbolt's Gift."

What was surprising for myself was the very slow start to the book. The first 20 pages or so seem a bit aimless, and it is not until the central character Harry, a retired businesman re-unites with his teenage flame Amy Wustrin, that the story takes off. They meet by chance and work to help a Chicago millionaire and to look after the burial of Amy's dead husband. As in other Bellow novels, there is a lot of self examination and many recalls by Harry of past memories of the times that Amy and Harry spent together in their early years - decades earlier as teenagers.

The slow pace picks up in the second half and it has a surprise ending. To explain the title would be to explain the plot and surprise ending. It is an interesting read but definitely a notch or two below most of his other works.

This is an interesting Bellow read, but not the first that I would recommend by Bellow. It lacks the charm, the prose, and the complexity of some of his other novels written between 1950 and 1980.
For most of this book, it was difficult for me to understand its reason for being written. What is this about? I repeatedly asked myself. Saul Bellow's prose is beautiful, entertaining, non-linear, no doubt about that, but the difficulty in finding the root of the story was - for me, as I'm no intellectual - impossible, until the final few lines.

And so, I can only say that I enjoyed the prose, the fascinating stories within the larger story, and the relief of the conclusion. But, mostly, the entire book felt unnecessary. Perhaps, if one were an intellectual, one could discuss capitalism, excessive wealth, crookedness in business, nihilism, lack of commitment in marriage, insecurity, friendship, relationships with parents - but these things have existed since the beginning of time, and I find all of them unnecessary in any discussion of this strange little story.

Enjoyable, but frustrating.