The Adventures of Augie March

Bellow, Saul (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Adventures of Augie March

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Penguin Putnam
As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this gem by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Bold, expansive, and keenly humorous, The Adventures of Augie March blends street language with literary elegance to tell the story of a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression. A "born recruit," Augie makes himself available for hire by plungers, schemers, risk takers, and operators, compiling a record of choices that is?to say the least?eccentric.

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)
Young men
ISBN: 0143039571
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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