The Actual

The Actual

Book - 2009
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"The work of a great master still locked in unequal combat with Eros and Time." - The New York Times Book Review

In this dazzling work of fiction, Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow writes comically and wisely about the tenacious claims of first love. Harry Trellman, an aging, astute businessman, has never belonged anywhere and is as awkward in his human attachments as he is gifted in observing the people around him. But Harry's observational talents have not gone unnoticed by "trillionaire" Sigmund Adletsky, who retains Harry as his advisor. Soon the old man discovers Harry's intense forty-year passion for a twice-divorced interior designer, Amy Wustrin. At the exhumation and reburial of her husband, Harry is provided, thanks to Sigmund, perhaps the final means for disclosing feelings amassed over a lifetime. Written late in Bellow's career, The Actual is a maestro's dissection of the affairs of the heart.

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Joseph O'Neill.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2009.
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780143105848
Branch Call Number: BEL
Characteristics: xiv, 80 pages ;,20 cm --.


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Dec 17, 2013

"With my Chink or Jap looks, I am seldom taken for a Jew." A slim book that was one of Nobel laureate Bellow's last. Not very good.

Nov 23, 2010

Another fantastic work from the rich Saul Bellow collection. The portrait of a middle age man is painted beautifully from the inside out. His attachments can be played off easily but cannot be completely removed, as the end will show.

I really enjoyed this novella, however it's a shame it's so short.

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