Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories

Mosby s Memoirs and Other Stories In six darkly comic tales Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its preposterousness poignancy and pathos The stories which include Leaving the Yellow House The Old System Looking for

  • Title: Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780140189452
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • In six darkly comic tales, Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its preposterousness, poignancy, and pathos The stories, which include Leaving the Yellow House, The Old System, Looking for Mr Green, The Gonzaga Manuscripts, and A Father to Be, reflect Bellow s ability to depict men and women confronting, in highly idiosyncratic ways, the enigmas andIn six darkly comic tales, Saul Bellow presents the human experience in all its preposterousness, poignancy, and pathos The stories, which include Leaving the Yellow House, The Old System, Looking for Mr Green, The Gonzaga Manuscripts, and A Father to Be, reflect Bellow s ability to depict men and women confronting, in highly idiosyncratic ways, the enigmas and oddities of existence.

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    About “Saul Bellow”

    1. Saul Bellow

      Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago He attended the University of Chicago, received his Bachelor s degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.Mr Bellow s first novel, Dangling Man, was published in 1944, and his second, The Victim, in 1947 In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent two years in Paris and traveling in Europe, where he began The Adventures of Augie March,, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1954 Later books include Seize The Day 1956 , Henderson The Rain King 1959 , Herzog 1964 , Mosby s Memoirs and Other Stories 1968 , and Mr Sammler s Planet 1970 Humboldt s Gift 1975 , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Both Herzog and Mr Sammler s Planet were awarded the National Book Award for fiction Mr Bellow s first non fiction work, To Jerusalem and Back A Personal Account, published on October 25,1976, is his personal and literary record of his sojourn in Israel during several months in 1975.In 1965 Mr Bellow was awarded the International Literary Prize for Herzog, becoming the first American to receive the prize In January 1968 the Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the highest literary distinction awarded by that nation to non citizens, and in March 1968 he received the B nai B rith Jewish Heritage Award for excellence in Jewish literature , and in November 1976 he was awarded the America s Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti Defamation League of B nai B rith, the first time this award was made to a literary personage.A playwright as well as a novelist, Saul Bellow was the author of The Last Analysis and of three short plays, collectively entitled Under the Weather, which were produced on Broadway in 1966 He contributed fiction to Partisan Review, Playboy, Harper s Bazaar, The New Yorker, Esquire, and to literary quarterlies His criticism appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Horizon, Encounter, The New Republic, The New Leader, and elsewhere During the 1967 Arab lsraeli conflict, he served as a war correspondent for Newsday He taught at Bard College, Princeton University, and the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

    964 thoughts on “Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories”

    1. Despite being "Brilliant", a "Major Work", "Extraordinary", and "Masterpieces" I found the six stories in this collection to be good but not exceptional. I think this was my fourth, or maybe fifth, book of Saul Bellow's that I've read, and so far none of them have done much for me. Augie March I enjoyed better when it was called Studs Lonigan (but not by much, I didn't really enjoy that one so much either)*. Henderson the Rain King I liked better as the one Graham Greene book I read and didn't e [...]

    2. Short stories from over 17 years. A lucky find in a secondhand shop while looking for Roberto Bolano. (I found him behind the sofa later on). Absolutely delightful, and not only that, a tugging to go back to those Americans I gorged on so long ago, Malamud down to Sinclair. Oh, you can never be poor as long as there are libraries and secondhand bookshops.

    3. The title story drags on, but "Leaving the Yellow House" is a masterpiece about an old desert-she-rat (not what one thinks of as standard Bellow fare) that produces what all good fiction should: sympathy for a largely unlikable person. The rest of the stories are, to greater and lesser degrees, about male panic in the middle of the 20th century. No one did that quite as well as Bellow, though none of the stories in this collection does it quite as well as SEIZE THE DAY.

    4. This collection of six short stories fits the pattern of Bellow's novels: he is great at writing about Jews and Europe, less so when attempting mid-century gentile Americana. The three outstanding stories are up there with Herzog and Mr. Sammler's Planet:The Gonzaga Manuscripts (1954), The Old System (1967), Mosby's Memoirs (1968)The three average stories are at the same sort of level as Seize the Day and Henderson the Rain King:Looking for Mr Green (1951), A Father-to-Be (1955), Leaving the Yel [...]

    5. Bellissima antologia di Saul Bellow, sono le prime parole che leggo di questo autore e mi ha stregato soprattutto il primo racconto, che dà il titolo a tutta la raccolta. Un'America antica e sconvolgente come piace a me.

    6. Perfection! However, in my mind "The Gonzaga Manuscripts" deserves to be the title story! Tops after that "Looking for Mr. Green."

    7. Simply put, Bellow's writing is obviously amazing. His style is unique and he presents unsparing visions of the experience of individuals. In this collection of short stories, he follows Mosby as he contemplates the comedy of his memoirs while drinking, a man searching through Chicago's ghettos, a man worried about the man his son will become, a man searching for old love poems, an alcoholic woman dying in the desert, and a doctor related to a millionaire. These tales are meant to be darkly comi [...]

    8. Six intelligent and amusing stories from Saul Bellow, one of the foremost chroniclers of Jewish-American life. Some were more enjoyable than others, but I wonder if that is because some of the humour does not quite make it all the way across the Atlantic. However when the dialogue and observations work, they dazzle and sparkle as you would expect from the man who translated 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' into Yiddish. My personal favourite was the tale of Dr. Braun, the closing moments of [...]

    9. کمتر داستانی از "سال بلو" هست که در آن یک یا چند شخصیت "شکست خورده" و "بازنده" نباشند. اما بازندگان بلو کمتر به خط پایان و ناامیدی رسیده اند. آنها باخته اند، تا داستان خود را بگویند، برای آنها که ممکن است روزی ببازند! Seems Bellow has gatherd a bunch of "failures" looks close to Jamesرمان های مشهور سال بلو که تو [...]

    10. I hated Mosby's Memoirs and Father to be and rabidly loved everything else. but mosby's memoirs made me want to die from boredom. sometimes, satire just gets so caught up in being satire it's only entertaining for the author as he's writing it. i didn't get it, but hope those that did enjoyed it, which seems to be literally everyone except for me. looking for mr green was excellent

    11. Six short stories written between 1951 and 1968, with a larger variety of protagonists than is usual for Bellow. All were enjoyable to read and a couple of them presented some poignant moments. This collection came to my list when all of Bellow's books were added to my reading list following my enjoyment of his The Dangling Man.

    12. She had captured the station, and the pleasure this gave her was enormous. Yet her grievances were true grievances. She was telling the truth. But she behaved like a liar.***I want to give this a 4 but people have been giving me hell on my stars and I just can't be having people thinking I'm easy.

    13. Saul Bellow got awarded a Nobel Prize "for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work". And while I do agree that he is quite good at that, I just don't find the people he describes in this book all that interesting. Maybe it works for you though

    14. What real makes these stories so compelling is the skill that Bellow has in combining richly-drawn characters and larger social issues. In Looking for Mr. Green for example, Bellow gives you a portrait of Mr. Grebe and a portrait of the darkest heart of the city. Very interesting stuff.

    15. When I was in undergrad, Brian Morton would talk about Saul Bellow. It took a roadtrip through Portland, OR, six or so years later, to pick up a book by Bellow. And it is so beautiful, such lovely character-driver fiction.

    16. Este libro es un conjunto de relatos bastante divertidos, unos mas que otros, pero terminarlo me dejó buen sabor de boca.

    17. Bellow is always worth reading. Still, stories are not my thing. The two best here, that bear rereading, are The Old System and Mosby's Memoirs.

    18. This collection has six stories. One of them, "The Old System," was magnificent and Saul Bellow at his best. I loved it, and am still thinking about it. The rest are ok.

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