Dangling Man: A Novel
Secker & Warburg, 1984 - 191 pages
"The setting is New York in the 1940's and the hero is waiting to be called up into the armed forces. His life until now is behind him and a totally new experiences lies ahead. Since he does not know whether his enlistment papers will arrive today, tomorrow, next week or next month he can settle to nothing, make no plans and finds concentration difficult. hen Dangling Man was published in America in 1944 few critics doubted that it was the debut of a major literary figure. When John Lehmann brought it out in England, Philip Toynbee wrote in the Observer: 'It is an extraordinary first novel if only because its intentions are so precise and its fulfilment of them so complete.'"
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - weird_O - LibraryThing
Dangling Man is Saul Bellow's first book, published in 1944. The writing is good, the characters are well drawn, the story satisfactory. But the novel as a whole kinda sucks. The narrator, Joseph, is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stillatim - LibraryThing
Should've started my Bellow reading with this, I think. First I read Ravelstein, which was essentially an insult to the reader's intelligence. It took me a few years to get over that farce, and when I ... Read full review