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The Adventures of Augie March

Bellow, Saul (Book - 2006)
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The Adventures of Augie March
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Penguin Putnam
?The Adventures of Augie March is the great American Novel. Search no further.” ?Martin Amis

As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this novel by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Augie, the exuberant narrator-hero is a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Deptression. A ?born recruit,” Augie makes himself available for a series of occupations, then proudly rejects each one as unworthy. His own oddity is reflected in the companions he encounters?plungers, schemers, risk-takers, and ?hole-and corner” operators like the would-be tycoon Einhorn or the would-be siren Thea, who travels with an eagle trained to hunt small creatures. This Penguin Classics edition, with an introduction by celebrated writer and critic Christopher Hitchens, makes a literary masterpiece available to a new generation of readers.

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
Augie's nonconformity leads him into an eventful, humorous, and sometimes earthy way of life.

Authors: Bellow, Saul
Statement of Responsibility: Saul Bellow ; introduction by Christopher Hitchens
Title: The adventures of Augie March
Publisher: New York : Penguin , 2006
Characteristics: xix, 586 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes: Originally published: 1949
Subject Headings: Americans Mexico Fiction Failure (Psychology) Fiction Chicago (Ill.) Fiction Depressions Fiction Young men Fiction Mexico Fiction
Topical Term: Americans
Failure (Psychology)
Depressions
Young men
ISBN: 0143039571
9780143039570
9781435283183
Branch Call Number: FIC B
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Jun 12, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story of Augie March is compelling, and ultimately justifies the effort, but the writing style requires a commitment to lasting through the monologues and sidebars that I found somewhat excessive. There is some really good stuff buried in these pages.

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