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Henderson the Rain King

Bellow, Saul

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Henderson the Rain King
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Penguin Putnam

"It blazes as fiercly and scintillatingly as a forest fire. There is life here; a great rage to live more fully. In this it is a giant among novels." (San Francisco Examiner)

Saul Bellow evokes all the rich colors and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this acclaimed comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life win him the admiration of the tribe?but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story, Henderson the Rain King is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Adam Kirsch.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.




Random House, Inc.
"It blazes as fiercly and scintillatingly as a forest fire. There is life here; a great rage to live more fully. In this it is a giant among novels." (San Francisco Examiner)

Saul Bellow evokes all the rich colors and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this acclaimed comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life win him the admiration of the tribe—but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story,Henderson the Rain King is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Adam Kirsch.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Baker & Taylor
A middle-aged American millionaire goes to Africa in search of a more meaningful life and receives the adoration of an African tribe that believes he has a gift for rainmaking.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Classics, c2012
ISBN: 9780143105480
0143105485
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC B
Characteristics: xix, 330 p. ; 20 cm

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I read this on the tail end of Camus' The Stranger, because I all of a sudden got a jones for post-modern realism. Does that ever happen to you? So, it took me way longer than usual to finish this book because I read it slowly and savored it. This is good literature. Beautiful writing. Occasionally really funny, sometimes kind of heartbreaking.

Henderson is so earnest and broken and even when he knows he wants to change he turns away from the hard business. I love the foil that his internal self is to his external self. He's thoughtful and well-meaning on the inside, and on the outside, he is enormous and haphazard and destructive. Does that ever happen to you? He can't help himself, and I cherished reading about it.

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