Download ê eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ Saul BellowARE YOU UNHAPPY DARLING MORTICIA OH YES YES COMPLETELY Uncle Benn s favourite Charles Addams Cartoon uoted in More Die of HeartbreakI m going out on a limb on this one It was one of my absolute FAVOURITES from the pen of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow It s from the soul of a man who had seen all the incredible folly and pain of life close up from the depths of a deeply hurt but all forgiving HeartAnd he was not afraid to laugh out loud at it allI Found Its Plot Entirely Believable its plot entirely believable you know a LOT of outlandish things seem ENTIRELY credible to an old guy like me after all I ve been through Before I met my wife in 1977 Heartbreaks galoreSo like MorticiaMany of my Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 readers may have been broken early on in life s journey in a manner similar to my own experienceFor when life breaks you like a mere twig what do you do You do like I did You try to make good friendships for yourself That helps to ease the painBut MY mistake was being a bit too friendly with my enemies the social predators in the circle of myeal world acuaintances That s commonly known as currying favour What does that expression mean You may not know this but it means to disarm our potential enemies by grooming their not know this but it means to disarm our potential enemies by grooming their as with a curry comb for horses In other words we FLATTER THEIR VANITYWhat started out sounding charitable NOW seems like a cowardly form of self protection Because in Berlayar di Pamor Badik reality wee just feeding the fire We L. Munatius Plancus re making our enemies STRONGERJust as trouble awaits us when we do this so it always crouches for attack at Uncle BennHe creates much trouble for himself than he ever had by currying fa. Kenneth Trachtenberg the witty and eccentric narrator of More Die of Heartbreak has left his native Paris for the Midwest He has come to be near his beloved uncle the worldenowned botanist Benn Crader self described plant visionary While his studies take .
Vour with the predators around him Like his craftily unscrupulous Uncle Vizzner Or his wealthy fianc e herself both Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality ready to tilt unwary Benn s wagon over into A World of HurtLove Bites A Rating this is extremely difficult Looking at it as a whole I think it is of an OK than a goodead I WANTED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE BOOK WAS SAYING to figure out what the book was saying is what kept me eading You cannot view spoilergo against your nature You must follow your instincts Education and book knowledge goes only so far hide spoiler This is Saul Bellow at his best witty provocative urbane and wise all olled up in one The Pink Pearl rollicking plot Unlike in some of Bellow s other novels where plot takes a back seat to character this novel offers a compelling plot that keeps you breathlessly turning the pages to find out what comes next Somehow I had missed this novel when it came out way back when and now I m itching toead of Bellow s novels that somehow escaped my attention A great book It is when I finish marvelous books like this that I miss my father and mother most I would so like to share my Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe reading experience with them After all they opened my eyes to the wonderful world ofeading This is a hard novel to get into There is "the usual Bellovian intellectual overload to be got through and the
eccentricities of theof the are something "usual Bellovian intellectual overload to be got through and the eccentricities of the characters are something a barrier And then there s the feeling that maybe we ve seen Bellow explore the male incomprehension of women once too often But once you The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi re into it and have worked out the variouselationships and conflicts it s a Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela rewarding novel not least because it is often very funny It. Im around the world Benn aestless spirit has not been able to satisfy his longings after his first marriage and lives from affair to affair and from bliss to breakdown Imagining that a settled existence will end his anguish Benn ties the knot again opening. .
S a novel about a man and his uncle I don t ecall having seen that central elationship in a novel before except maybe uncle I don t ecall having seen that central Octavio's Journey relationship in a novel before except maybe Shandy Kenneth Trachtenberg is the son Benn Crader never had and Benn is the father Kenneth perhaps wishes he had had But there is something a smidge homoerotic about their closeness too Since this is Bellow wee talking about both are intellectuals Benn is a famous botanist whose only truly passionate Philosophy in Social Work relationship is with plants Kenneth is a junior academic specializing in Russian studies Benn is a widoweremarrying after years of the solitary life Kenneth has a daughter by a woman who won t marry him And much of the novel deals with the very peculiar elationships that each HAS WITH WOMEN WHO SEEM TO with women who seem to themselves at these very odd men The central plot deals with Benn s elationship with his younger beautiful second wife Matilda who seems to have married him primarily for his celebrity she envisions herself presiding over a salon but also because there is a chance that he can become a millionaire That involves winning over a shady politician who also happens to Benn s uncle there are layers of avuncularity in the novel and who may have cheated Benn and his sister Kenneth s mother out of a fortune Everybody in the novel wants something Kenneth wants to marry the mother of his daughter except Benn who just wants to be left alone with his plants And in the course of working things out Bellow gives us eflections on sex on death on marriage on botany on being Jewish on Europe and America on academia on law and politics and on the movie Psycho. The door to a flood of new torments As Kenneth grapples with his own problems involving his unusual lady friend Treckie the two men try to figure out why gifted and intelligent people invariably find themselves knee deep in the garbage of a personal life .