Collected Stories

Collected Stories Saul Bellow s Collected Stories handpicked by the author display the depth of character and acumen of the Nobel laureate s narrative powers While he has garnered acclaim as a novelist Bellow s shor

  • Title: Collected Stories
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780140292893
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Saul Bellow s Collected Stories, handpicked by the author, display the depth of character and acumen of the Nobel laureate s narrative powers While he has garnered acclaim as a novelist, Bellow s shorter works prove equally strong Primarily set in a sepia toned Chicago, characters mostly men deal with family issues, desires, memories, and failings often arriving at huSaul Bellow s Collected Stories, handpicked by the author, display the depth of character and acumen of the Nobel laureate s narrative powers While he has garnered acclaim as a novelist, Bellow s shorter works prove equally strong Primarily set in a sepia toned Chicago, characters mostly men deal with family issues, desires, memories, and failings often arriving at humorous if not comic situations In the process, these quirky and wholly real characters examine human nature The narrative is straightforward, with deftly handled shifts in time, and the prose is concise, sometimes pithy, with equal parts humor and grace In Looking for Mr Green, Bellow describes a relief worker sized up by tenants They must have realized that he was not a college boy employed afternoons by a bill collector, trying foxily to pass for a relief clerk, recognized that he was an older man who knew himself what need was, who had than an average seasoning in hardship It was evident enough if you looked at the marks under his eyes and at the sides of his mouth This collection should appeal both to those familiar with Bellow s work and to those seeking an introduction Michael Ferch

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    1. This is my first Bellow read. Over the years I never bothered reading any of his books and overlooked them at the bookstores. This being my first volume was not that ecstatic.The presented anthology of 13 stories come with a mix bag of history, humor, irony, metaphysics, the Holocaust, nostalgia, sex, modernity, migrant life in America and identity ; accompanied by a witty narration. Most of the characters be it Samuel Braun, Rob Rexler, Harry Fonstein, Woody Selbst, Katrina Goliger or Max Zetla [...]

    2. I managed to get through ten of the thirteen stories in this collection and then I had to stop. I will however, return to the remaining three at some point in the future.Bellow paints a stark picture of Depression-era Chicago in many of the stories which are centred within the Jewish community. During his life, he decried being labelled a Jewish writer but his immersion in that culture does not absolve him of the moniker. Personally, I think he should have worn the badge with pride, for he brill [...]

    3. For the sake of brevity I'll give a grade to each short story in succession first and then a summary explanation afterwards for those who wish to run that marathon with me, now, here, I can live my fantasy of telling a young Solomon 'Saul' Bellow as his creative writing teacher with one of those old world accents that he's 'good but could be better' but at least better criticism than 'oh, well, that's interesting':By the St. Lawrence: B+A Silver Dish: BThe Bellarossa Connection: B+The Old System [...]

    4. It is hard to know what to do with something as beautiful, and as beautifully imperfect, as Saul Bellow's Collected Stories. Objectively, of course, this is five stars. But I'm no professional reviewer, nor does that seem to be the point of . James Wood's introduction seems to capture nicely what would've taken me forever to say: "Bellow's stories seem to divide into two kinds: long, loose-edged stories, which read as if they began life as novels (such as "Cousins"), and short, almost classical [...]

    5. I have to consider Bellow as second to no other American writer. Maybe Faulkner. This collection of stories is a mix, though. The Silver Dish is an amazing story, a lesson in writing, a perfect narrative voice that evokes the complexity of love. Now, having made my hyperbolic assessment of Bellow's virtuosity, I have to admit that a few pieces in this collection had racist and misogynist undercurrents that couldn't be excused by context. As the current leader of the free world might say (presumi [...]

    6. William Gass said, 'Language is not the lowborn, gawky servant of thought and feeling; it is need, thought, feeling, and perception itself. The shape of sentences, the song in its syllables, the rhythm of its movement, is the movement of the imagination.' Saul Bellow brings this quote to life with an amazing collection of stories that are at once engrossing and soulful. 'What Kind of Day Did You Have?', the longest in the collection, is also the best. Brilliant, intense stuff! And undoubtedly, h [...]

    7. An exercise in extremely long-winded pretension. I managed to finish it, but I will read nothing else by Saul Bellow at anything short of gunpoint.

    8. It took my a while to get through this collection, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wonderful character development.

    9. The first half of this book had me on the outs. The first half of this book was, and I mean this in literal sense rather than figurative, not for me. It was (as I was to find out as I progressed) an unflinchingly, uncomfortably intimate picture of the 20th century Jewish-American experience. As a 25-year-old WASP-y Australian, as awed as I was by the prose, it was difficult to penetrate. It was difficult to immerse myself and take something comprehensible from what I was reading. I did start rea [...]

    10. I read 58 pages. I could not go on; it was just too much work. The first story, "The silver dish", was readable, interesting even, but the second one, "The Bellarosa connection", was hard to follow. I loved "The adventures of Augie March", despite the grand language and Greek allusions. I liked Bellow's "The victim" too, although less so (three stars instead of five) but Bellow's short stories are denser and I got lost in the clever allusions. I'm just not literate enough, I guess. A review of t [...]

    11. I only read 3 stories from this collection but I read all of Herzog so I think I can say I finished it. I like Bellow’s prose but find these domestic Chicago Jewish growing up and reflecting stories to be something hard to connect with in this day and age. He’s a master and some of the sentences are gorgeous but 2018 lacks the pathos for Saul Bellow. Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe it’s not. Idk.

    12. Bellow was a master of the full-length novel rather than the short story, but some of these stories are outstanding, such as 'Him with His Foot in His Mouth', 'The Old System', and 'The Belllarosa Connection'. Other stories are more meagre, such as 'Leaving the Yellow House' and 'What Kind of Day Did You Have?'

    13. In all honesty, I like these stories more than any other work of Bellow's I've read. Fantastic portraits of humanity.

    14. I think Bellow is an absolutely beautiful writer. You can’t deny it. He can craft a sentence like no one else. I started this collection after reading Svevo, who apparently is somewhat clunky in Italian, let alone in English translation. The difference between the authors was remarkable and I was blown away by the Bellow’s lyricism.That said, I didn’t really enjoy these stories very much. I feel as if Bellow is some kind of “intellectual” at a party who, while entertaining at the begin [...]

    15. Reading these stories took concentration on my part. It's to do with his style and the long, loose stories themselves. In this 447 page collection there are but 13 stories. A few are no doubt novellas, the longest (What Kind Of Day Did You Have) being 74 pages long.And, he's certainly not from the school that teaches spare, tight narrative that doesn't beat around the bush. Bellow doesn't spare any detail in describing the physical traits of his characters, even the minor ones. We are also given [...]

    16. A collection of tales with finely crafted sentences. If you like quality writing you will like this. What lets it down is being an anthology and of course, the stories are of greater or lesser interest. The highlight though is the Bellarosa Connection, which is one of the best things I've read relating to the Holocaust. Bellow had a truly unique perspective and while telling the tale, his description of characters both physically and psychologically is fascinating.Indeed, these skills are what m [...]

    17. "Anyway, he saw death as a magnetic field that every living thing must enter. He was ready for it. He had even thought that since he had been unconscious under the respirator for an entire month, he might just as well have died in the hospital and avoided further trouble. Yet here he was in his birthplace. Intensive-care nurses had told him that the electronic screens monitoring his heart had run out of graphs, squiggles, and symbols at last and, foundering, flashed out nothing but question mark [...]

    18. This book was a tough one to get through. I remember this book being around for quite a while before I finished it. In retrospect, it's probably better read and appreciated as one story at a time, with a week between each. It's Bellow, so the writing is brilliant. The best, no question or debate. But it's like watching a documentary, it can be interesting as hell and you can like it, but at the same time it can still be boring and dry. I remember a couple of stories, but nothing like I remember [...]

    19. Three of the greatest short stories I have ever read are within this collection: "A Theft", "Him with His Foot in His Mouth" and "Something to Remember Me By".I usually enjoy Bellows writings for the sofistiscation of the relatioships among his characters - I mean "sofistication" not in the sense of elegance, but in the sense of subtleness, gentleness and sensibility: people know what to say and when to say. And they dig really deep into human feelings. Those three stories (specially the last on [...]

    20. Very, very difficult not to tremble in awe after reading this Bellow anthology. Occasionally, Bellow's shortcomings as a novelist-meandering plots, neverending discussions of Platonist metaphysics that I never come close to understanding-infect a couple of the stories, but, still, NOBODY writes this well. It's freakish. The best stories ("Something to Remember Me By" and "The Bellarosa Connection") are for the ages, and the rest don't miss that level by much.

    21. I wouldn't have appreciated this if I hadn't studied it, but now that I have I think Bellow's as fine a craftsman as I've ever encountered. No word is out of place, and each story is so intricately and ingeniuosly arranged that it bears up to repeated re-readings, revealing new secrets each time you pore over it. Plus "Something to Remember Me By" feels like the template to every good Six Feet Under episode.

    22. “[Saul] Bellow sees more than we see - sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches. Compared to him, the rest of us are only fitfully sentient; and intellectually too, his sentences simply weigh more than anybody else’s.”Martin Amis.Not superficial writing, but if you ever want to read someone that flawlessly and beautifully turns the experiences and thoughts of his character’s lives into the those of someone you’ll think you’ve always known

    23. A bitter-sweet collection of short-stories evoking another age. This is about memories, family, cousins, lust, death and regrets, but also fun and stoicism. As the narrator(s) approach old(er) age they go back to what could have been, what never was, or perhaps was, in a different perspective. This is the mature collection of an author at the peak of his understanding of mankind and its destiny. Must read.

    24. I would recommend buying rather than borrowing, the stories mostly follow an "old guy reminisces" formula which can get somewhat exhausting if you read this all back to back to back as I did. Got down to the wire, rushing against the library deadline, and I almost stopped enjoying myself - almost. If there are toilets in heaven there's a copy of this sittin on every tank.

    25. THE OLD SYSTEM: loved the tina character was reading all about the jews and had a massive beach ful of hasidic jews in front of me (Aberystwyth)SILVER DISH: enjoyed this first delve into bellow's writing. father character great

    26. Really good and surprisingly dense. I don't know what I expected, but, despite this not being it, most of these stories are incredibly good. Four stars instead of five only because it was slow for me in parts, but that's it.

    27. The last two stories in this collection, I loved. A couple of others were very good (A Theft is one that stands out). But overall, I enjoy Bellow much more as a novelist than a short storyteller. Classic Bellow prose throughout, but not all as satisfying as his novels.

    28. collected is accurate; they are far from short. great for a transatlantic flight, imperfect for a subway ride. worth every minute. "A first-class man subsists on the matter he destroys, just as the stars do." (The Bellarosa Connection) Bellow is a first-class man.

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