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Collected Stories (2001 original; edició 2001)

de Saul Bellow (Autor)

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This is the definitive collection of short stories by Saul Bellow. Abundant, precise, various, rich and exuberant, the stories display the stylistic and emotional brilliance which characterises this master of prose. Some stories recount the events of a single day, some are contained in a wider frame; each story is a characteristic combination of observation and a celebration of humanity. This volume contains a preface by Janis Bellow, an introduction by James Wood and, of course, stories. It is essential reading.… (més)
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Títol:Collected Stories
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Informació:Viking (2001), Edition: 1st, 464 pages
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This is my first Bellow read. Over the years I never bothered reading any of his books and overlooked them at the bookstores. This being my first volume was not that ecstatic.

The presented anthology of 13 stories come with a mix bag of history, humor, irony, metaphysics, the Holocaust, nostalgia, sex, modernity, migrant life in America and identity ; accompanied by a witty narration. Most of the characters be it Samuel Braun, Rob Rexler, Harry Fonstein, Woody Selbst, Katrina Goliger or Max Zetland are not the epitome of beauty but are unique in their own imperfections. Bellow has an exceptional artistry in metamorphosing mediocrity to splendor. His several protagonists are sort of heroic who overcome life fragilities and emerge as winners in their own way. Most of them are Jewish or other immigrants trying to find their identity on the American soil; similar to what Bellow experienced during his life. These stories have a personal Bellow touch reflecting many of his own perspectives on identity (he fought the constant labeling of being a “Jewish writer”) and modernity. In ‘The Old System’, he mentions, “Mankind was in a confusing uncomfortable, disagreeable stage in the evolution of consciousness”, which shows his disheartening acceptation of modernity. These stories bring out the essence of beauty and joy from the most unconventional settings.

That said and done, there are some disheartening shortcomings too. The narration is loose and needs trimming at certain edges, making it rather difficult to focus on the plot. The stories did have a solid start but somewhere in the middle it became a carnival of unexciting surroundings making me browse pages to find comfort. Also, Bellow’s portrayal of Sorella, Aunt Rose and even Max Zetland are filled with excessive and repetitive usage of adjectives to embellish human anatomy which tends to be a bit dragging. At times, I felt like erasing the characters from the highly subjective text.

One thing I detest while reading short stories is skipping pages and this is exactly what I did here. I do not want to be unjust and form a rapid opinion about Bellow based on this writing .I don’t deny that he is one the superior writers but this book failed to create that aura. Hence, I will read some more of his works before inferring whether Bellow is my ‘cup of tea’.
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  Praj05 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Saul Bellow es, el más importante prosista americano. Su escritura registra la alegría de la vida: la alegre libertad arrolladora de sus frases atrevidas y no aseguradas. Estas cualidades están presentes en las historias cortas de Bellow como en sus novelas.
  EstamosUnidos | May 26, 2010 |
My first stab at Saul Bellow was Herzog. It did not work at all. I always wrote this off as being my reading it at a particularly bad time for me personally. (For what it’s worth, I also had the opportunity to watch “Angels in America” over that same time – and it was perfect for what I need. I’m not saying that Herzog and Angels are the same, but there is an underlying comparison there that I will leave to someone else to write.) So I felt the need to dive in again. I always prefer short stories, so this seemed the perfect approach.

Well, now I know – Saul Bellow is a sometime thing for me. Ultimately, though, there is just too much of that “detail of life” approach for me to be able to appreciate what is being said. As an example. This collection starts with “By the St. Lawrence” – twelve pages of stuff about people that I just couldn’t care about. However, this was followed by “A Silver Dish”. In this story, the details don’t overwhelm the desire to find out more about the story and about the people. The “The Bellarosa Connection” does good part of the time, and not so good the rest of the time. Bellow is excellent at letting you know about the people – if you pay attention, you gain a depth of information about the characters that tells you more than the words actually say. However, the ability to pay attention is hit or miss. At its best, these are engrossing and entertaining stories (“What Kind of Day Did You Have?”, “Him with His Foot in His Mouth”, and “Something to Remember Me By”). But you have to wade into each one to find out whether it is really worth the swim.

So, I guess there has to be another novel in the future. Let’s see if I can get a hit there. ( )
  figre | Mar 17, 2007 |
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This is the definitive collection of short stories by Saul Bellow. Abundant, precise, various, rich and exuberant, the stories display the stylistic and emotional brilliance which characterises this master of prose. Some stories recount the events of a single day, some are contained in a wider frame; each story is a characteristic combination of observation and a celebration of humanity. This volume contains a preface by Janis Bellow, an introduction by James Wood and, of course, stories. It is essential reading.

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