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A novel complex, compelling, absurd and realistic, Herzog became a classic almost as soon as it was published in 1964. In it Saul Bellow tells the tale of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by sending out a series of letters to all kinds of people. The letters in total constitute a thoughtful examination of his own life and that which has occurred around him. What emerges is not always pretty, but serves as gritty foundation for this absorbing novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A feast of language, situations, characters, ironies, and a controlled moral intelligence . . . Bellow’s rapport with his central character seems to me novel writing in the grand style of a Tolstoy—subjective, complete, heroic." —Chicago Tribune
"Herzog has the range, depth, intensity, verbal brilliance, and imaginative fullness—the mind and heart—which we may expect only of a novel that is unmistakably destined to last." —Newsweek
"A masterpiece" —The New York Times Book Review--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
The funny thing about Herzog is that it's no longer contemporary fiction. In terms of language, operating philosophies, and identifiable character types, it's as far behind us as... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Vince Leo
"Herzog" is the story of a man with a wide perspective of world history contemplating the absurdities of the twentieth century, not the least of which is his own life. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by A.J.
I was prompted to write this because most of the reviewers published here miss the plain fact that Herzog is extremely funny. Herzog writes letters. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by Mark B. Friedman
Herzog is a sustained character study of an engaging, thoughtful man in the midst of a personal crisis. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2002 by "mdsfnelson"
This wasn't what I'd call a lot of fun to read. But it was worth it!
I am in awe of Bellow's ability to gather together the tiny impressions, thoughts, and actions that... Read more
I agree with the negative reviews of this book. Herzog never becomes a fully realized character and it's impossible to care about him or, ultimately, this novel. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001
As is obvious from other reviews, this book is not for everyone. I found Herzog to be at once both both a lovable and despicable, comedic and tragic character; in other words,... Read morePublished on July 16 2001 by G. Loflin