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P in one rollicking plot Unlike in some of Bellow s other novels where plot takes a back seat to character this novel offers a compelling plot that keeps you breathlessly turning the pages to ind out what comes next Somehow I had missed this novel when it came out way back when and now I m itching to read of Bellow s novels that somehow escaped my attention A great book It is when I inish marvelous books like this that I miss my ather and mother most I would so like to share my reading experience with them After all they opened my eyes to the wonderful world of reading This is a hard novel to get into There is the usual Bellovian intellectual overload to be got through and the eccentricities of the characters are something of a barrier And then there s the The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing feeling that maybe we ve seen Bellow explore the male incomprehension of women once too often But once you re into it and have worked out the various relationships and conflicts it s a rewarding novel not least because it is often veryunny It s a novel about a man and his uncle I don t recall having seen that central relationship in a novel before except maybe Tristram Shandy Kenneth Trachtenberg is the son Benn Crader never had that central relationship in a novel before except maybe Tristram Shandy Kenneth Trachtenberg is the son Benn Crader never had Benn is the Song of the Forest father Kenneth perhaps wishes he had had But there is something a smidge homoerotic about their closeness too Since this is Bellow we re talking about both are intellectuals Benn is aamous botanist whose only truly passionate relationship is with plants Kenneth is a junior academic specializing in Russian studies Benn is a widower remarrying after years of the solitary life Kenneth has a daughter by a woman who won t marry him And much of the novel deals with the very peculiar relationships that each has with women who seem to ling themselves at these very odd men The central plot deals with Benn s relationship with his younger beautiful second wife Matilda who seems to have married him primarily or his celebrity she envisions herself presiding over a salon but also because there is a chance that he can become a millionaire That involves winning over a shady politician who also happens to Benn s uncle there are layers of avuncularity in the novel and who may have cheated benn and his sister kenneth have cheated Benn and his sister Kenneth mother out of a ortune Everybody in the novel wants something Kenneth wants to marry the mother of his daughter except Benn who just wants to be left alone with his plants And in the course of working things out Bellow gives us reflections on sex on death on marriage on botany on being Jewish on Europe and America on academia on law and politics and on the movie Psycho. The door to a lood of new torments As Kenneth grapples with his own problems involving his unusual lady riend Treckie the two men try to Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights figure out why gifted and intelligent people invariablyind themselves knee deep in the garbage of a personal life  . ,

Overtly wear their hearts on their sleeves Know what Bellow s holding a MIRROR in Still Life with Chickens front of our outwardly set but inwardly endlessly emotingaces hard but gooeyLike us neither Benn nor his young nephew Kenneth know themselves too well or their own spider webs so their emotions are at loose ends when they re alone And that s most of the timeAnd when they ve ound someone in their lives MUCH WORSE Pessoa at least was honest enough to AGREE that he was at *loose ends when alone but acutely antsy in publicAre WE so honestLike *ends when alone but acutely antsy in publicAre WE so honestLike Kenneth we know our chosen ields of work well and we re attracted to certain kinds of attractive people but we don t know themselves WELL ENOUGH to make relationships than things that just don t workBellow portrays BK exactly that way and the result is devilishly comical I think he intended his story as a double edged sword that not only slices clean through Benn and Kenneth but all those of us who tend to take ourselves too seriouslyAnd I m no exception I still SUIRM when I think of Uncle Benn s tragicomic taleBut still Bellow s Human Comedy is so much easier to "take than Balzac s unsettled group of tragicomedies because we are likely to see ourselves in Bellow s opus with "than Balzac s unsettled group of tragicomedies because we are likely to see ourselves in Bellow s opus with dash of spicy Paradox Bound fun And relatively happy endingsBoth Balzac and Bellow were in the same ballpark thoughBut Bellow downplays the sorrow and because he sees Benn and his nephew as such decent lost souls and because all their close calls seem stage managed by their Guardian Angels Life seems to let them off lightlyAnd they come out of these near misses with evil minded people IN ONE COMICAL PIECEIf you have a crowded mind you will get claustrophobiarom this book It can suffocate you if you re not relaxed But I ve got an ideaRead this gem during a getaway dream vacation after all This Current Fuss Is current uss is when all your cares and anxieties have vanished ar STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare from the madding crowdAt a distancerom all the hubbub you ll get a good chuckle over how HILARIOUS our own hard Human Comedy can be ON THE EBULLIENT SURFACEAnd you may recover a bit of your lost sticky side too when you see your own hidden sweet gooey centre beneath as if or the irst timeDon t it make you suirmGood Bellow s done his job Rating this is extremely difficult Looking at it as a whole I think it is of an OK than a good read I wanted to Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays figure out what the book was saying This is what kept me reading You cannot view spoilergo against your nature You mustollow your instincts Education and book knowledge goes only so Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All far hide spoiler This is Saul Bellow at his best witty provocative urbane and wise all rolled Im around the world Benn a restless spirit has not been able to satisfy his longings after hisirst marriage and lives What a Lass Wants from affair to affair androm bliss to breakdown Imagining that a settled existence will end his anguish Benn ties the knot again opening. ARE YOU UNHAPPY DARLING MORTICIA OH YES YES COMPLETELY Uncle Benn s avourite Charles Addams Cartoon uoted in More Die of HeartbreakI m going out on a limb Benn s Mexican Hooker favourite Charles Addams Cartoon uoted in More Die of HeartbreakI m going out on a limb this one It was one of my absolute FAVOURITESrom the pen of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow It s rom the soul of a man who
Had Seen All The Incredible 
seen all the incredible and pain of life close up rom the depths of a deeply hurt but all The Thirteen-Gun Salute forgiving HeartAnd he was not afraid to laugh out loud at it allIound its plot entirely believable and you know a LOT of outlandish things seem ENTIRELY credible to an old guy like me after all I ve been through Before I met my wife in 1977 Heartbreaks galoreSo like MorticiaMany of my readers may have been broken early on in life s journey in a manner similar to my own experienceFor when life breaks you like a mere twig what do you do You do like I did You try to make good Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery friendshipsor yourself That helps to ease the painBut MY mistake was being a bit too riendly with my enemies the social predators in the circle of my real world acuaintances That s commonly known as currying avour What does that expression mean You may not know this but it means to disarm our potential enemies by grooming their strengths as with a curry comb The Day Fidel Died for horses In other words we FLATTER THEIR VANITYWhat started out sounding charitable NOW seems like a cowardlyorm of self protection Because in reality we re just eeding the ire We re making our enemies STRONGERJust as trouble awaits us when we do this so it always crouches or attack at Uncle BennHe creates much trouble or himself than he ever had by currying avour with the predators around him Like his craftily unscrupulous Uncle Vizzner Or his wealthy ianc e herself both ready to tilt unwary Benn s wagon over into A World of HurtLove Bites And love Bleeds an it s driving ole Benn to his KneesIts main characters Benn and Kenneth are endearing and the epic aporia at its core is universally true Because it s our very own The Outlaw and the Upstart King first lasting and ultimately untie able Knot Original SinAnd that is universally true because we ve allorgotten we re only human and we re all castaways in life We ve got the misbegotten idea into our heads that LIFE SHOULD BE FUNAporia because we all keep creating inescapable spider webs of self deceit out of the barren Fact of our Fall rom Grace to assuage our guilt at being born humanIt s so trueBenn and Kenneth s story though may seem to you a bit TOO human and lostLike those chocolates in a box that surprise us by being hard on the outside but gooey in the middleIn a busy busy world like ours there s minimal tolerance or people who. Kenneth Trachtenberg the witty and eccentric narrator of More Die of Heartbreak has left his native Paris or the Midwest He has come to be near his beloved uncle the world renowned botanist Benn Crader self described plant visionary While his studies take ,