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She has also been a student in some of Herzog's classes. It's inevitable that a relationship between the two will develop during the course of the novel. They seem to be made for each other. There's a sense in which Ramona is an intellectual equal. However, she is also portrayed, like Madeleine, as extremely sexually attractive. Sometimes you can be both: She was understanding.

Well situated in New York. And sexually, a natural masterpiece. What breasts! However, to the extent that it reflects an actual relationship with a person who would become Bellow's third wife even if the model is someone quite different altogether , it gives effect to an authorial desire for revenge on his second wife.

As attractively as he portrays Madeleine in many parts, Bellow uses the fictional romance with Ramona to get over her and start a new life of even greater personal compatibility and sexual pleasure. There's an element of authorial immaturity in this entire construct. Any acquaintances of the Bellow family or circle of friends would have had no doubts about who and what was being portrayed in the novel. Yet, despite this apparent desire for revenge, the novel is one of the great literary works of the twentieth century.

It's definitely one of my top ten, if not top five. Herzog Comes to Bury Caesar While the breakdown of the relationship with Madeleine triggers the narrative, it is more inflamed by the dynamic of the relationship between Herzog and Ramona. Of course, in the manner of two highly flirtatious people who know what they want, the relationship is consummated quite early in the peace. However, Herzog is not sure he is ready for Ramona yet. He has too much on his mind. First, it seems, he has to get these things off his mind, hence the letters.

Next, Herzog has to decide that this new relationship is what he really wants.

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Equally importantly, though, if the answer is yes, then, in the game of love, he has to play hard to get. For a little while, at least.

Herzog is used to strong, if not dominant, women. Before starting another relationship, he has to ready himself for the challenge. He needs some grooming before he is ready to become Ramona's groom. As much as we know that Herzog could not possibly resist Ramona's sexual attraction, the process by which he gets to the liaison that will occur at the end of the novel is quite circuitous.

Not to mention metaphysical. Herzog's initial instinct is to retreat into himself after the separation from Madeleine. In the same manner, he feels the temptation to escape Ramona's lure by running away to the relative isolation of his rural home in Massachusetts, from where he writes most of his letters. Of course, Herzog knows that he will eventually return to Ramona, as does she. The attraction is too great to turn his back on her permanently.

He describes his temporary flight as like that of a runaway slave. He is still enslaved to the prospect of their love. Turbulence of Spirit The narrative is fragmented and non-chronological, so we know about Ramona from early on. However, the structure of the narrative reflects the manner in which Herzog has been let loose on the world following his separation. If nothing else, he is suffering from "irregularity and turbulence of spirit". The role of Herzog's letters is to come to grips with this turbulence.

Ironically, for all the turmoil he finds himself in, "though he still behaved oddly, he felt confident, cheerful, clairvoyant, and strong. He had fallen under a spell. My Story is History It's this change of focus that constitutes what is truly great and transcendent about the novel. Until now, the leonine version of Herzog has seen himself as part of the progress of History. He personalises all of the philosophy he has consumed and written about: He endeavours to address it with the only tools known to him, his metaphysics.

However, since the 18th century, metaphysics has become increasingly self-oriented, almost by definition. Littered throughout the novel are words deriving from the roots "self" and "ego": Herzog's plight is symbolic of what has happened to humanity in the last two centuries.

He is "aging, vain, terribly narcissistic, suffering without proper dignity. He has re-joined the plebeian. To use Heidegger's term, he has fallen into the Quotidian. Let Me Look at You Bellow is keenly observant in respect of the world around his protagonist. We know what the environment and people look like. Herzog is a keen gardener. Trees and birds are often described with pastoral delight: It takes family and friends to tell him: I'm talking facts, not shit Who told you you were such a prince?

Dreamy boy You're a highbrow and [you] married a highbrow broad. Somewhere in every intellectual is a dumb prick. You guys can't answer your own questions. The elite look. How can a man in his state be fit for a "mature, successful, laughing, sexual woman? I wasted myself in stupid schemes, liberating my spirit. If we could only bother to look into the eyes of others, we would see how we look to them: A relationship with the other. A relationship with others.

Combatting the Void Characteristically, it's not enough that this analysis be restricted to Herzog alone. Herzog, if not Bellow as well, diagnoses the problem as one shared by the whole of Western Civilisation. Thus, Herzog's solution to his metaphysical problem ends up being equally metaphysical and equally applicable to others. Herzog rails against various nihilist philosophies of disintegration and annihilation that he describes as "the mire of post-Renaissance, post-humanistic, post-Cartesian dissolution, next door to the Void" we might recognise the cultural manifestation as Post-Modernism: Not God is dead, that point was passed long ago.

Perhaps it should be stated Death is God. This generation thinks - and this is its thought of thoughts - that nothing faithful, vulnerable, fragile can be durable or have any true power.

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Death waits for these things as a cement floor waits for a dropping light bulb History is the history of cruelty, not love, as soft men think. We have experimented with every human capacity to see which is strong and admirable and have shown that none is.

There is only impracticality. After all, we have no positive knowledge of that void. The canned sauerkraut of Spengler's 'Prussian Socialism', the commonplace of the Wasteland outlook, the cheap mental stimulants of Alienation, the cant and rant of pipsqueaks about Inauthenticity and Forlornness.

I can't accept this foolish dreariness. We are talking about the whole life of mankind. The subject is too great, too deep for such weakness, cowardice After the wars and mass killings!

You want to make us able to live with the void. Man's backbone must hold us above and beyond entropy, at least temporarily. Whatever the concerns about rationality, technology, evil, abuse of power, they can only be addressed at an individual or collective level.

There is no point in surrendering to the void. Metaphysical Pleasure These metaphysical conclusions have cleaned Herzog's slate, and left him ready for Ramona.

What awaits him is: That was Ramona - no mere sensualist, but a theoretician, almost a priestess For when will we civilised beings become really serious? Said Kierkegaard.

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Only when we have known hell through and through. Without this, hedonism and frivolity will diffuse hell through all our days. Ramona, however, does not believe in any sin but the sin against the body, for her the true and only temple of the spirit.

Kiss Me Again All his life, Herzog has been dogged by words: I've been writing letters helter-skelter in all directions. More words. I go after reality with language. Perhaps I'd like to change it all into language Not a single word. He is about to reunite with Ramona in his home in the Berkshires. A nice meal is in the oven. He has chilled a few bottles of white wine in the mountain spring. He looks at his watch. She will be coming soon. So, too, will he. Bettie Serveert - "Roadmovies" https: Bettie Serveert - "Certainlie" http: Nobody knew what it was called, Not even the astronomers.

The man they asked was very bald. His name was Hiram Shpitalnik And by this star he was enthralled. Though his beard reached to his feet And he lived inside a hat box, Hiram had to accept defeat. Only his grandfather would know. His wisdom was much more complete. He lived inside a walnut shell And all his friends were bumble bees, But just by looking, he could tell.

It was a new discovery That Rupert named Emmanuelle. View all 16 comments. Mar 28, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: This is without a doubt my favorite book by Saul Bellow.

I am not sure it will speak to everybody, but it certainly spoke to ne. It captures the world of an educated, liberal, East Coast professor. He goes by the name of Moses E. Herzog, and yes, he is from a Jewish family. He is having a midlife crisis, has just gone through a second divorce and is looking back on his life. He is writing letters to friends, relatives and public figures, some dead and some alive. But these letters are NOT sent and the further one goes the less do they even resemble letters!

What he is doing is reminiscing, sizing up his life, determining in what direction he will go next. The year is I liked this book as much as I did because the East Coast of the s and s is familiar to me. Psychiatry, Martin Buber, and talk and opinions and talk and opinions about all that is happening around one feels natural to me. What is described is the world of my parents and my own youth. What was in the news, what people were talking about, how people dealt with life then is all here.

I liked the progression of the novel—where it starts and where it ends. What we are seeing is life as it really is. At the end, I see view spoiler [hope, at least a willingness to try anew hide spoiler ]. This was perfect for me.

For me, this is how life really is. The audiobook is narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner. He captures wonderfully the type of people the book is about. I have given the narration four stars. I recommend this book to those who breathe NYC, who feel comfortable with American East Coast mannerisms, are of the liberal, academic bent, have Jewish connections and grew up in the s, 50s or 60s. I think you will love it and feel a kinship with it.

Il suo protagonista, Moses E. Ma la sua natura gli causa dolore: Segue percorsi metafisici in un isolamento sociale che trascende la natura, insegue demoni e fantasmi in un'introspezione vertiginosa che si trasforma in forza e intelligenza.

E del nostro silenzio. Nov 28, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: Most of us have one big advantage over rich people and fictional characters when it comes to dealing with our personal issues. For example, look at Moses Herzog in this book. Herzog goes through an ugly divorce, and his circumstances allow him to wallow in his misery and behave erratically for months.

Those are usually the times when we can least afford to screw up so even though all you really want to do is hide under the covers or drink heavily or eat ice cream or drink heavily while eating ice cream under the covers, we gotta get up and go to work. And pay the bills. And do the laundry. And get the oil changed in the car. Like Moses Herzog. If he would have had to get off his ass and go back to work rather than mooching off his family then he might not have gone cuckoo for Coco-Puffs and come unglued while writing a series of bizarre letters to family, friends, celebrities and dead historical figures.

That just made me wish even more that Herzog could start pulling his life back together instead of indulging in his self-involved musings. To all the people that watched my brave struggle with this book; I dedicate this review to you.

I have really mixed feelings about this one. Was it an absolute struggle to read? Did I fall asleep after a page or two many times?

Desert and Destiny? The answer to all these questions is yes. Now, was I reading it with a pencil in my hand underlining sentences To all the people that watched my brave struggle with this book; I dedicate this review to you.

Now, was I reading it with a pencil in my hand underlining sentences so I can put them as facebook updates later on? Did I think the opening line: Did I think it was exceptionally well written? Did I admire Bellow for going on for over pages about absolutely nothing and still have people go gaga over it? Yes, yes, yes Did I think that Bellow used the book as an excuse to show off his elloquence and eruditism?

Like some other authors, cough, Cortazar, cough. So you see, I am getting schizoprenia. I am glad I have finished reading it. I think it's solely responsible for the fact I was sleeping for 10 hours a day for 3 weeks. God, I need to read something stupid now. View all 3 comments. Dec 31, Charles Matthews rated it it was amazing. Considering that it's a novel with nothing you could call a plot, Herzog is an inexhaustible book.

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It touches on elemental human relationships sexual, familial, social and spins off into lofty philosophical debates, reflections on civilization, on the meaning of death, and on the American experience. It tempts a reader into close analysis while at the same time mocking such analysis. Moses Herzog is at once the most meticulously observed of characters and the most impossible to grasp as a whol Considering that it's a novel with nothing you could call a plot, Herzog is an inexhaustible book.

Moses Herzog is at once the most meticulously observed of characters and the most impossible to grasp as a whole. It's a third-person narrative whose voice is clearly that of the person whose story is being told.

The device isn't used for a coy ironic distancing, as in The Education of Henry Adams , but rather it grows out of the kind of fractured consciousness that is Herzog's. He feels his plight -- the cuckolded husband -- and feels it deeply, but at the same time he wants to observe it from the outside, to watch himself in the act of being "a loving but bad father" to his children, "an ungrateful child" to his parents, "affectionate but remote" to his siblings.

With love, lazy. With brightness, dull. With power, passive. With his own soul, evasive. Or, perhaps more appropriately, a letter he is writing to himself. One way of approaching Herzog is to treat it as an epistolary novel, in which Herzog, whose current intellectual pastime is to write letters to other people, is also writing this very long letter to himself about how he has wound up where he is.

Which brings up a key problem: How do we know that Herzog is being honest with us -- or with himself? How do we know that his ex-wife, Madeleine, is the conniving shrew that he presents to us? Or that Valentine Gersbach is the oily opportunist that Herzog thinks him to be?

The truth is, we don't. Other people in the novel seem less perturbed by Herzog's plight, by Madeleine's and Gersbach's actions, than he is. This includes Gersbach's wife, Phoebe, who claims that Valentine and Madeleine are not having an affair. Is Herzog self-deluded? Everyone thinks he's crazy, and he has come to accept the fact that he might be.

He is certainly unstable. His career is in a shambles, and two failed marriages have left him so wary of women that he can't trust his own instincts when it comes to his latest amour, Ramona, who seems to accept him for what he is. And when he finally starts to take some sort of action, it's utterly foolish and self-destructive.

He is saved from its potentially disastrous consequences by his own ineptness. Which is only to say that Herzog is like Leopold Bloom, a kind of Everyman.

Like Bloom, he is a misfit who desperately wants to fit, a cuckold, a wanderer, a dreamer, and Herzog , like Ulysses , ends on a note that is positive enough to provoke hope, but also ambiguous enough to allow that hope to be dashed. Like the narrator of In Search of Lost Time , he is an intellectual with the potential to liberate himself from the past while at the same time so aware of his past that he becomes inextricably tied to it.

View 2 comments. This was my second Bellow novel, and I found it a challenging read: I kept setting the book aside, then picking it up only to read another 10 or 20 pages before setting it aside again. He hops between New York City, Chicago where ex-wife 2 is living with the friend who cuckolded him, Valentine Gersbach, a one-legged redhead , and his home in the Berkshires.

Heidegger and General Eisenhower. He also drifts into memories of growing up in Montreal, and lovers past and present. Plus, the man could write — alliteration, wordplay, comic scenes, you name it. Some favorite lines: Lead me not into Penn Station. His polite formulas often carried much spleen. The certainty of being right, a flow of power, rose in his bowels and burned in his legs.

There is a distant garden where curious objects grow, and there, in a lovely dusk of green, the heart of Moses E. Herzog hangs like a peach. This is what life is. This is impeccable writing of the highest order and a reading experience I simply will not forget. But it was never an enjoyable read, how could it be, as the main focal point Moses Herzog is such a depressing and bewildering figure to spend time with , dwelling on the past of failed marriages and writing letters to people that he never intends to send.

As Moses is a writer and teacher Herzog does take a the philosophical approach with it's narrative, and Herzog himself is such a deeply drawn cha This is impeccable writing of the highest order and a reading experience I simply will not forget. As Moses is a writer and teacher Herzog does take a the philosophical approach with it's narrative, and Herzog himself is such a deeply drawn character that in the end you can't help take to your heart, similar to what John Williams done with Stoner.

This does demand your full attention to get the most out of it, not the sort of book to tkae to the beach or read in a cafe, some of the time it's difficult to tell whether things are happening in the past or the present but this never spoils a single page.

A masterpiece of fiction, and it's easy to see Bellow was a big influence on Authors such as Philip Roth and Richard Ford. Sep 16, Alex rated it liked it Recommends it for: People who want to start an annoying argument about the Canon.

For a while Saul Bellow seemed poised to become one of the 20th century's most famous authors, but he seems to have faded into the second tier nowadays. He doesn't have the visceral power of Steinbeck, Wright or Baldwin, or the technical ambition of Faulkner or Woolf; he just writes good books.

Maybe that cost him. My reaction to Augie March was, well, there's certainly nothing wrong with this book, nor is it going to change my life. If you've read other books by him you may not be prepared for this much heavy lifting.

It reminded me of Ulysses, in fact, and not just because the name Moses Herzog hurts-og was lifted from chapter 12 of that book. The talking, the constant trying to communicate: Bellow said it's about "the imprisonment of the individual in a shameful and impotent privacy.

And the esoterical references, the mixing of viewpoints first and third , the focus on mundane matters - Herzog and Leopold Bloom both spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Bellow himself, a realist, was " impatient with modernism, " but it's hard not to see its influence here. It's not as difficult as Ulysses, but you might get the sense that it's Bellow's response to it.

The book operates on three layers, switching deftly and rapidly between them. In the present, Herzog takes a short trip; has a date with a woman he's considering marrying; visits his ex-wife. Casaubon sure does pop up a lot in literature, huh? And a lot of talk about like Kant and Hegel and shit, and I don't know anything about any of that so if you want to unpack it you're on your own.

The letters are boring and opaque: Good is easily done by machines of production and transportation. Can virtue compete? New techniques are in themselves bien pensant and represent not only rationality but benevolence. See Polyani, Herzog, et al. This doesn't make any more sense in context.

They'll taper off throughout the book, as Herzog works through his midlife crisis and pulls himself together. There are some beautiful thoughts here; Bellow is, if nothing else, a smart and gifted writer. But I found the experience of reading it frustrating, and not rewarding enough. Books like this - dense books, full of thoughts and philosophies and tangents and flashbacks - they ask a lot of the reader. They ask not just to be read but absorbed, focused on, made a part of one's life.

I didn't expect Herzog to be this big of a deal, and maybe if I'd been ready for it I would have been more responsive to it - but it's also true that if a book asks a great deal of a reader, a reader is more likely to say "No" to it. I choose not to commit as much of my brain to you as you demand.

These books are long-term partners, and many of them are not for us. We expect to have only a few long-term partners in our lives. Herzog will not be one of mine.

View all 5 comments. Jun 12, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: This is rightly perceived to be a classic 4. Written well before Bellow became the curmudgeonly conservative of his older age, when he attacked multiculturalism and post-modernism, it was a joy to read.

Moses writes letters to and about all those involved letters that are never posted and a This is rightly perceived to be a classic 4.

Moses writes letters to and about all those involved letters that are never posted and also to significant political, religious and philosophical figures current and historical. It is clearly a little autobiographical as there are many similarities between Herzog and Bellow, including the number of marriages they are on. Herzog has insight into his plight and his own faults and has a good line in self ridicule. There are some odd notes; the character of Ramona springs to mind.

Herzog is a small time college professor in his late 40s. Ramona is younger, a marvellous cook, a voluptuous sex goddess, she loves Herzog unconditionally and is willing to save him and she is happy to put up with some of his less endearing habits No wish fulfilment here Mr Bellow?

Of course the ex-wife Madeleine is a restless thinker and striver; more cerebral than Ramona. Sex goddess who cooks as well, in opposition to restless intellectual; what is he trying to suggest? Despite the rather primitive male perspective, it is a great book and Herzog is rather likeable despite his incompetence and absurdity or perhaps because of it.

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Moses Herzog epistolomane, emailomane perseguita tutti con la sua memoria. Lettere che non vengono spedite che restano nel cassetto, le scrive per se stesso per organizzare i suoi pensieri ma servono a Bellow per ricostruire, in un flash back c Moses Herzog epistolomane, emailomane perseguita tutti con la sua memoria. Lettere che non vengono spedite che restano nel cassetto, le scrive per se stesso per organizzare i suoi pensieri ma servono a Bellow per ricostruire, in un flash back con frequentissimi salti temporali, l'esistenza della sua creatura e della sua visione della vita.

Ma Herzog si sente sempre un po' come un profugo, appena arrivato nell'America bianca anglosassone e protestante. Uomo in crisi Moses Herzog: Va per tentativi, da vero eccentrico, confusionario agisce sbaglia ma poi ricomincia ad agire e sbagliare. Compra un mezzo rudere isolato e diroccato in un lembo di campagna isolata, lo ristruttura con abbozzi approssimativi che presto abbandona.

Si fa lasciare dalla moglie senza reagire: Gli accordano una visita alla figlioletta, in affido alla madre, e fa di quel pomeriggio un capolavoro di disastro e tenerezza.

View all 7 comments. May 09, Stela rated it it was amazing Shelves: The playground of his ideas or the hell of his emotions? For Moses Hezog, a forty-seven-year old former Professor in a mid-life crisis it is certainly both. Recently gone through a messy divorce and the tragi-comedy of a marital triangle, the hero looks for the cathartic liberation from this emotional ballast in two ways: The result?

A very exquisite mixture between epistolary and psychological novel intertwined with cleverly hidden intertextual dialogues, in a perfect narrative structure and a memorable collection of characters. A masterpiece signed Saul Bellow. Therefore, the letters are not necessarily a way of communication he never sends nor finishes them they are a way of self understanding, Tolstoyan way: Together with Samuel Johnson, Herzog discovers that suffering can acquire an almost hedonistic quality: Grief, Sir, is a species of idleness.

If the letters are the intellectual dialogues with the world, memories are the emotional ones. Through personal history, this time in a Hegelian way, Herzog rebuilds his own image, since: I have to be that man.

There is no one else to do it. Two memorable Dostoyevskian figures emerge in all their contradictory splendour from this recollection: The only form of the self preservation, Herzog discovers, is detachment, so the final lesson the hero is gradually taught is the acceptance of death, be it physical or emotional: Enjoy her — rejoice in her. You will not reach me through her, however. I know you sought me in her flesh. But I am no longer there.

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