Dangling Man: A Novel

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Secker & Warburg, 1984 - 191 pages
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"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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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (1984)

Saul Bellow was born in Canada but brought to Chicago at the age of nine and educated there. He attended the Universities of Chicago, Northwestern and Wisconsin as well as fitting in a wartime stint in the Merchant Marine. is first novel - Dangling Man - was published when he was in his twenties. Later novels, The Victim, The Adventures of Augie March, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Mr Sammler's Planet, Humboldt's Gift, The Dean's December and Him With His Foot In His Mouth And Other Stories have brought him innumerable literary grants, awards, prizes, scholarships, fellowships and honours not only in his own country but internationally as well. He is probably the only man to have received an Honorary Degree from both Harvard and Yale in the same year. He has also written plays, short stories, articles for learned journals, been a war correspondent in Israel and held positions in a number of universities in the United States and elsewhere. He speaks four or five languages and has travelled extensively. n 1976 Saul Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1984 President Mitterand m

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