Mr. Sammler's Planet (2019)

Mr. Sammler's Planet Saul Bellow Stanley Crouch Mr Sammler s Planet An enduring testament and prophecy Chicago Sun Times Mr Artur Sammler Holocaust survivor intellectual and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in s New York City is a registrar of madnes
  • Title: Mr. Sammler's Planet
  • Author: Saul Bellow Stanley Crouch
  • ISBN: 9780142437834
  • Page: 287
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Mr. Sammler's Planet Saul Bellow Stanley Crouch An enduring testament and prophecy Chicago Sun Times Mr Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a registrar of madness, a refined and civilized being caught among people crazy with the promises of the future moon landings, endless possibilities His Cyclopean gaze reflects on the d An enduring testament and prophecy Chicago Sun Times Mr Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a registrar of madness, a refined and civilized being caught among people crazy with the promises of the future moon landings, endless possibilities His Cyclopean gaze reflects on the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul Sorry for all and sore at heart, he observes how greater luxury and leisure have only led to human suffering To Mr Sammler who by the end of this ferociously unsentimental novel has found the compassionate consciousness necessary to bridge the gap between himself and his fellow beings a good life is one in which a person does what is required of him To know and to meet the terms of the contract was as true a life as one could live At its heart, this novel is quintessential Bellow moral, urbane, sublimely humane This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Stanley Crouch.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.
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  1. Michael Finocchiaro

    In another amazing and moving tour de force, Bellow explores themes of mortality and morality through a 48h period with his Shaoh survivor Mr Sammler All the characters are carefully drawn from Sammler s perspective and the action of the novel forms a perfect circle The philosophical ruminations are treasures as are the descriptions of Manhattan And naturally, the descriptions of Lodz, etc are terrifying The main thrust of the story and an overriding theme in Bellow s works is the strength of hu [...]

  2. Vessey

    In those days I learned that nothing is frightening than a hero who has lived to tell his story, to tell what all those who fell at his side will never be able to tell Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the WindWhen I think of Mr Sammler, do I see a hero or a villain or a victim or all at once Does he see the world clearly or is he drowning Is he realist or pessimist Is he a man of yesterday, of today or of tomorrow And does it really matter When we start to realize that the world of today is onl [...]

  3. AC

    Sammler is an important book Stylistically, it is rich, inventive, original, flawed of course it is flawed , it is Bellow , full of heart, great lava flows of mood and motion Intellectually, it is original, often brilliant, insightful, reactionary, sad, tragic, revolutionary, hopeful it is Bellow a novelist of ideas, as I tried to describe it in my review of Herzog.But importantly, Sammler is important because it is Bellow coming into his own Augie is not Bellow It was written by somebody else [...]

  4. Richard Derus

    BkC6 Fun, fun, fun to read Not the story, mind, but the storytelling Have to take issue with myself here This isn t quite as fluffy as this one liner makes it sound.Rating 3.75 of fiveThe Book Report Mr Artur Sammler survived the Holocaust, but isn t sure he ll survive 1960s New York Once without food and without dignity and without hope, he looks on bemused as people with everything material the planet can supply wallow in misery and spiritual angst Sammler, an observer by nature, doesn t know [...]

  5. Io?

    Libro stralunato, inquieto, a tratti lento l e n t o l e n t o ,un secondodopocorrearottadicollo verso il porto, verso la nave dei folli attraccata al molo che ci aspettaSi, lo sguardo sognante e spaesato e fiducioso di Sammler mi piace, nelle mie corde, uomo sempre in bilico, uomo inquieto, mai immobile, mai domo.

  6. Justin Evans

    Is it time for me to give up on Bellow So many people I respect love old Saul There s a Sufjan Stevens song with Saul Bellow in the title He s meant to be everything I like a stylist, an intellectual, a cultural critic unafraid to speak his mind And yet Plot spoiler alert, but really, the plot is beside the point at the heart of this over stuffed chair is a wonderful farce Sammler s daughter steals borrows a manuscript that Sammler has little use for the best bits of the book consist in his atte [...]

  7. Stephen P

    a man finds himself buried amongst bodies during world war two he escapes and wanders back into life he as the narrator may still be buried, or tries to live life but as a man who remains buried in that pile of bodies bellows does a masterful job in portraying the narrator attempting to now live in a world that no longer has a god by conforming to his outdated customs, which have passed and been replaced by a new set foreign to him despite style and pace this is a searing novel of survival as ou [...]

  8. Szplug

    As the sun set upon the sixties there was a great belief in progress, an enthusiasm for the future and the potential of a humanity in the process of throwing off the chains of oppression and moral rigidity, of embracing individuality and the paramountcy of the self, encapsulated in the technological miracle of the imminent moon landing Yet even as this hope was spreading like a fever, crime, familial dissolution, and urban decay were settling upon the United States, an unwelcome layer of grime c [...]

  9. Sandra

    Non sono un assidua ascoltatrice di programmi televisivi Anzi la televisione la guardo pochissimo Qualche sera fa, era molto tardi, mi capitato casualmente di vedere la sigla di un telefilm che si intitola survivors , che, mi sembrato di capire da poche scene che ho guardato prima che il sonno mi vincesse, racconta di un gruppo di persone che sono sopravvissute a un virus che ha decimato la popolazione mondiale Ebbene, guardando la sigla di questo telefilm ho pensato a Bellow C erano tante perso [...]

  10. Tyler

    Mr Sammler s Planet is a stop action photograph of a century rushing by on full blast Not just any century this is the twentieth, the time when traditional society went by the boards The author aims his lens within New York City, so we might expect a pretty interesting still That s just what we see.Taken in 1969, this snapshot shows a world turned over in a generation We see madness and eccentricities, and it s not clear what they mean The book documents this change, but even so it attempts to [...]

  11. Evandro

    Eis uma obra prima Um livro para ler ainda muitas vezes Dentre as tantas, tantas coisas que eu teria a dizer, uma das mais marcantes ver um homem que escapou do holocausto que escapou do holocausto considerar se moralmente inferior a um outro, que viveu uma vida mais ou menos normal num pa s de primeiro mundo E convencer nos disso De que julgar uma vida humana quanto a seus m ritos soteriol gicos uma tarefa muito mais complexa do que pode parecer em certos casos N o importa o quanto se sofre, ma [...]

  12. Jon

    This book vastly lowered my estimation of Saul Bellow, which was based primarily on the quality of the novella, Seize the Day Like Seize the Day, Mr Sammler s Planet certainly has compelling moments and ideas that testify to Bellow s deep imagination Yet, the novel also reveals Bellow s immense limitations due to his profoundly anti modern views, which are racist and politically retrograde What is most troubling about the novel is the racism, as well as the sexism, which characterizes black Amer [...]

  13. Frederick

    I just finished this yesterday So, with a very short perspective on this, I present my review With the scent of urine now back in full force in the Great Metropolis it having begun to fade during the Dinkins administration, virtually disappearing during Giuliani s tenure, and beginning to waft back into every pair of Gothamite nostrils during Bloomberg s illegal third term Saul Bellow s 1970 hate letter to New York written as only a Second City denizen could write it seems, at times, prophetic B [...]

  14. Brent Legault

    At first it was the all the lists that did me in, that weighed on me like work undone Lists of words, on every other page it seemed, clogging the capillaries of my eyes Enlightenment, universal education, universal suffrage, the rights of the majority acknowledged by all governments, the rights of women, the rights of children, the rights of criminals, the unity of the different races affirmed, Social Security, public health, the dignity of the person, the right to justice the struggles of three [...]

  15. Vit Babenco

    Mr Sammler s Planet is one of the most powerful and prophetic novels by Saul Bellow Now so many highbrows have discovered that madness is higher knowledge Power and money of course do drive people crazy So why shouldn t people also gain power and wealth through being crazy They should go together The listless hedonistic society is Mr Sammler s Planet and it is inhabited with crazies, perverts and rogues A glorious planet But wasn t everything being done to make it intolerable to abide here, an u [...]

  16. SurferRosa

    Ennesimo miracolo letterario di Saul Bellow, che riesce a scrivere un bellissimo romanzo con personaggi credibili, trama funzionalmente dosata, dotato di un impianto filosofico con profondit da fondale oceanico che viene a dispiegarsi in perfetta armonia con gli altri elementi costitutivi.Mr Sammler, ebreo polacco, prima snob frequentatore dei salotti bene della Londra anteguerra, poi sopravvissuto all Olocausto facendosi strada nudo fra nudi cadaveri, trascinandosi fuori dalla fossa comune dove [...]

  17. Ram

    Just finished reading Mr Sammler s Planet by Saul Bellow It is a beautiful story of a holocaust survivor, who relives his horrors in the holocaust of his daily life in New York in his late age Saul draws beautiful parallels between the old and the new, but it was a difficult book to get into Once past the 100 pages, the book turned out to be quite stunning A quintessential book from a Nobel prize winner.

  18. Simona Petrescu

    One of my all time favourites One of those books that are oozing with metaphor and double meaning, so much so, that you are at a loss what to say to describe it Above all, I think, a novel about humanity, centred on the metaphor of seeing Obsessively recurring words eye, see, look, gaze To see was delicious Sammler, the main character, is one eyed He sees the world with the one healthy eye and he sees crime in action, which fascinates him and stuns him He sees violence which sickens him, and see [...]

  19. Mauro

    Livros excelentes s o aqueles que fazem voc se perguntar, quando termina o que faz um livro ser excelente Por que raios eu gostei tanto deste aqui E bom que voc se pergunte, porque apreciar um livro ou de uma obra de arte qualquer n o pode ser um privil gio exclusivo da emo o Ou para que a experi ncia seja completa, a obra, al m de satisfazer o seu gosto est tico, tamb m h de contentar a sua expectativa tica.O Mr Sammler s Planet excelente exatamente por isso satisfaz forma e conte do.Saul Bello [...]

  20. Jay

    A novel in the Library of America, this Bellow story was an exercise in using words than necessary to avoid telling a story My dislike for the novel could be because I m used to less intellectual fare, or it could be that I listened to the audiobook The book contains many lists of concepts used to describe Sammler s thought, and many of the terms are quite flowery Of course, this is all in line with the character, but it did get boring Perhaps I felt the ennui especially listening to this being [...]

  21. Maurizio Manco

    Dunque una specie pazza S , forse Sebbene la pazzia sia anch essa una mascherata, la proiezione di un motivo pi profondo, un risultato della disperazione che ci coglie dinanzi alle infinit e alle eternit p 131

  22. Lisetta

    Oh, Mr Sammler mi rivolgo direttamente a lei, perch altrimenti non so come uscirne Lo so, lo so, immagino gi cosa penser di me Questa ragazza pazza Forse si, Mr Sammler, ma che posso fare In fondo lei stesso faceva notare che in questa societ o si pazzi oppure, se si in grado di elevarci al di sopra della pazzia, si pu diventare Santi E poi di che si stupisce Lei oramai sar abituato a convivere con i pazzi Tanti dei personaggi che ruotano intorno alla sua vita come piccolissimi pianeti, gravita [...]

  23. Alan

    Here s one of the essential books for understanding 20thC America, though of course it is especially revealing about NYC, which means that 20C America bears than a tincture of Europe Mr Sammler rides the bus, and Bellow changes every reader s bus experience forever the daylight robbery and intimidation, the necessary self reliance One other writer has portrayed a bus ride perhaps as well, Flannery O Connor where the son is amused at his mother s humbling, only to earn regret for the rest of his [...]

  24. PaulPerry

    I think that it is difficult to overstate how good a writer Bellow was His writing is dense not only in the way language is used, but in the expression of ideas and emotion, and the completeness of characterisation.Artur Sammler is a man who sees everything but doesn t connect He is doubly an alien a Polish Jew who had integrated into English society between the wars, mixing in intellectual circles HG Wells and the Bloomsbury group , now living in New York where both his Europeaness and Englishn [...]

  25. Charles Matthews

    Published in 1970,Mr Sammler s Planetis in some ways a book of its age, when anxiety over the state of America was at a peak student protests, the Vietnam war, racial tensions, political assassinations, urban decline all seemed to give the times an apocalyptic character Set against all that was the impending exploration of the moon So Bellow comments on the Zeitgeist through the eyes of a man who has survived another apocalypse the Holocaust Artur Sammler has seen the worst that can be thrown at [...]

  26. Ci

    This book has many long paragraphs of stream of conscious from Mr Sammler, who, at the twilight of his time, finding the world around him a riot of discomforts both physically and mentally The writing is witty and biting, unsparing, and often with long sentences with sonorous adjectives strung together moving toward a crescendo of contempt or anger, which dominates the first part of the book.In mid book, things start to take shape Sammler s relatives were given full play in their own acting, rea [...]

  27. Lobstergirl

    Bellow is so good that it almost seems trivial to complain about the deep misogynist tinge on Mr Sammler s planet Sammler, a septuagenarian, is overwhelmed by the sexuality of the women who surround him, including his flighty bag lady daughter Somehow I doubt that you or I, in our century, would be overwhelmed by the estrogen or whatever it is emanating from these ladies But for Sammler everything woman related is tights, legs, knees, thighs, female smells, hair, wigs, food preparation, panties, [...]

  28. Lango142

    Have just finished Mr Sammlers planet and truly I have fought to finish this novel It had moments which drew me in and characters that were interesting on occasions but the huge amount of over descriptive introversion was simply frustrating and totally boring in a number of areas I can understand that we were being taught the meaning of life or at least sammlers life and the way he was viewing the vast changes that were happening in the way individuals lived their lives at this time but surely t [...]

  29. Ronald

    I don t know why this book made it onto my reading list I think it was on one of the Wall Street Journal s weekly Top Five Books on lists a few months ago for some topic or category that I cannot recall now What I do know is that I liked the writing than the story This was my first book by the award winning Bellow If I had to summarize it in one sentence I d say old man who s been through hell in his life deals with the rot of late 60 s New York, the meaning of life, spoiled young relatives, t [...]

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