The actual

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Penguin, 1998 - Fiction - 103 pages
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"Another gem to savor from America's greatest living novelist. Love was never more tenderly celebrated than it is in The Actual, the ultimate springtime story". -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

In this wise and dazzling work of fiction, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow writes comically and tragically about the tenacity of first love. The story behind The Actual belongs to Harry Trellman, an aging, astute businessman who has never belonged anywhere: not in the Chicago orphanage where he was sent by his mother, not in high school (too brainy), not even on the streets, where his vaguely Asian features set him apart from the rest of the pack. As for human attachments, they are like everything else in his life, singular and irregular. But Harry has always been a keen observer -- a trait not unnoticed by billionaire Sigmund Adletsky, who retains Harry as his adviser on human affairs. The two men discuss ordinary things, but the older man is also sharp enough to realize that, behind his stoic mask, Harry harbors some intense feelings for a certain woman. That woman -- the object of some forty years' passion -- is Amy Wustrin, a twice-divorced interior designer who's walked through her share of life's ups and downs. Thanks to Sigmund, she walks unexpectedly into Harry's life. And this time he's not about to let her go.

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Super human being wise and witty,elegant prose. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

This is what a love story looks like at eighty: "You will see soon enough that I had substantial reasons for resettling in Chicago. I might have gone elsewhere -- to Baltimore or Boston -- but the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liana Lau - Goodreads

Hmm ... still unsure of how I feel about it. I loved the language at times but also felt very peculiar while reading it. I wasn't riveted by the story, but I also couldn't put it down. Read full review

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Saul Bellow won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel HUMBOLDTa (TM)S GIFT in 1975, and in 1976 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature a ~for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work.a (TM) He is the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards, for THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH, HERZOG, and MR. SAMMLERa (TM)S PLANET

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