Collected Stories (2020)

Collected Stories Saul Bellow Collected Stories This is the definitive collection of short stories by Saul Bellow Abundant precise various rich and exuberant the stories display the stylistic and emotional brilliance which characterizes this ma
  • Title: Collected Stories
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780141188782
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
Collected Stories Saul Bellow This is the definitive collection of short stories by Saul Bellow Abundant, precise, various, rich and exuberant, the stories display the stylistic and emotional brilliance which characterizes this master of prose Some stories recount the events of a single day, some are contained in a wider frame each story is a characteristic combination of observation and a celebratiThis is the definitive collection of short stories by Saul Bellow Abundant, precise, various, rich and exuberant, the stories display the stylistic and emotional brilliance which characterizes this master of prose Some stories recount the events of a single day, some are contained in a wider frame each story is a characteristic combination of observation and a celebration of humanity.
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  1. Praj

    This is my first Bellow read Over the years I never bothered reading any of his books and overlooked them at the bookstores This being my first volume was not that ecstatic.The presented anthology of 13 stories come with a mix bag of history, humor, irony, metaphysics, the Holocaust, nostalgia, sex, modernity, migrant life in America and identity accompanied by a witty narration Most of the characters be it Samuel Braun, Rob Rexler, Harry Fonstein, Woody Selbst, Katrina Goliger or Max Zetland ar [...]

  2. Shane

    I managed to get through ten of the thirteen stories in this collection and then I had to stop I will however, return to the remaining three at some point in the future.Bellow paints a stark picture of Depression era Chicago in many of the stories which are centred within the Jewish community During his life, he decried being labelled a Jewish writer but his immersion in that culture does not absolve him of the moniker Personally, I think he should have worn the badge with pride, for he brillian [...]

  3. Yair Ben-Zvi

    For the sake of brevity I ll give a grade to each short story in succession first and then a summary explanation afterwards for those who wish to run that marathon with me, now, here, I can live my fantasy of telling a young Solomon Saul Bellow as his creative writing teacher with one of those old world accents that he s good but could be better but at least better criticism than oh, well, that s interesting By the St Lawrence B A Silver Dish BThe Bellarossa Connection B The Old System A A Theft [...]

  4. Derek

    It is hard to know what to do with something as beautiful, and as beautifully imperfect, as Saul Bellow s Collected Stories Objectively, of course, this is five stars But I m no professional reviewer, nor does that seem to be the point of James Wood s introduction seems to capture nicely what would ve taken me forever to say Bellow s stories seem to divide into two kinds long, loose edged stories, which read as if they began life as novels such as Cousins , and short, almost classical tales, whi [...]

  5. John Addiego

    I have to consider Bellow as second to no other American writer Maybe Faulkner This collection of stories is a mix, though The Silver Dish is an amazing story, a lesson in writing, a perfect narrative voice that evokes the complexity of love Now, having made my hyperbolic assessment of Bellow s virtuosity, I have to admit that a few pieces in this collection had racist and misogynist undercurrents that couldn t be excused by context As the current leader of the free world might say presuming he [...]

  6. Prasad GR

    William Gass said, Language is not the lowborn, gawky servant of thought and feeling it is need, thought, feeling, and perception itself The shape of sentences, the song in its syllables, the rhythm of its movement, is the movement of the imagination Saul Bellow brings this quote to life with an amazing collection of stories that are at once engrossing and soulful What Kind of Day Did You Have , the longest in the collection, is also the best Brilliant, intense stuff And undoubtedly, here is an [...]

  7. Joe Alewine

    An exercise in extremely long winded pretension I managed to finish it, but I will read nothing else by Saul Bellow at anything short of gunpoint.

  8. Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

    It took my a while to get through this collection, but I thoroughly enjoyed it Wonderful character development.

  9. Clancy

    The first half of this book had me on the outs The first half of this book was, and I mean this in literal sense rather than figurative, not for me It was as I was to find out as I progressed an unflinchingly, uncomfortably intimate picture of the 20th century Jewish American experience As a 25 year old WASP y Australian, as awed as I was by the prose, it was difficult to penetrate It was difficult to immerse myself and take something comprehensible from what I was reading I did start reading it [...]

  10. Barry

    I read 58 pages I could not go on it was just too much work The first story, The silver dish , was readable, interesting even, but the second one, The Bellarosa connection , was hard to follow I loved The adventures of Augie March , despite the grand language and Greek allusions I liked Bellow s The victim too, although less so three stars instead of five but Bellow s short stories are denser and I got lost in the clever allusions I m just not literate enough, I guess A review of these short sto [...]

  11. Evan Gorzeman

    I only read 3 stories from this collection but I read all of Herzog so I think I can say I finished it I like Bellow s prose but find these domestic Chicago Jewish growing up and reflecting stories to be something hard to connect with in this day and age He s a master and some of the sentences are gorgeous but 2018 lacks the pathos for Saul Bellow Maybe it s my fault Maybe it s not Idk.

  12. Waleed

    Bellow was a master of the full length novel rather than the short story, but some of these stories are outstanding, such as Him with His Foot in His Mouth , The Old System , and The Belllarosa Connection Other stories are meagre, such as Leaving the Yellow House and What Kind of Day Did You Have

  13. Brendan

    In all honesty, I like these stories than any other work of Bellow s I ve read Fantastic portraits of humanity.

  14. Nick

    I think Bellow is an absolutely beautiful writer You can t deny it He can craft a sentence like no one else I started this collection after reading Svevo, who apparently is somewhat clunky in Italian, let alone in English translation The difference between the authors was remarkable and I was blown away by the Bellow s lyricism.That said, I didn t really enjoy these stories very much I feel as if Bellow is some kind of intellectual at a party who, while entertaining at the beginning of the night [...]

  15. Denis

    Reading these stories took concentration on my part It s to do with his style and the long, loose stories themselves In this 447 page collection there are but 13 stories A few are no doubt novellas, the longest What Kind Of Day Did You Have being 74 pages long.And, he s certainly not from the school that teaches spare, tight narrative that doesn t beat around the bush Bellow doesn t spare any detail in describing the physical traits of his characters, even the minor ones We are also given precis [...]

  16. Jemma

    A collection of tales with finely crafted sentences If you like quality writing you will like this What lets it down is being an anthology and of course, the stories are of greater or lesser interest The highlight though is the Bellarosa Connection, which is one of the best things I ve read relating to the Holocaust Bellow had a truly unique perspective and while telling the tale, his description of characters both physically and psychologically is fascinating.Indeed, these skills are what make [...]

  17. Leah

    Anyway, he saw death as a magnetic field that every living thing must enter He was ready for it He had even thought that since he had been unconscious under the respirator for an entire month, he might just as well have died in the hospital and avoided further trouble Yet here he was in his birthplace Intensive care nurses had told him that the electronic screens monitoring his heart had run out of graphs, squiggles, and symbols at last and, foundering, flashed out nothing but question marks Tha [...]

  18. Sam Klemens

    This book was a tough one to get through I remember this book being around for quite a while before I finished it In retrospect, it s probably better read and appreciated as one story at a time, with a week between each It s Bellow, so the writing is brilliant The best, no question or debate But it s like watching a documentary, it can be interesting as hell and you can like it, but at the same time it can still be boring and dry I remember a couple of stories, but nothing like I remember Hender [...]

  19. Mauro

    Three of the greatest short stories I have ever read are within this collection A Theft , Him with His Foot in His Mouth and Something to Remember Me By.I usually enjoy Bellows writings for the sofistiscation of the relatioships among his characters I mean sofistication not in the sense of elegance, but in the sense of subtleness, gentleness and sensibility people know what to say and when to say And they dig really deep into human feelings Those three stories specially the last one have all of [...]

  20. adam

    Very, very difficult not to tremble in awe after reading this Bellow anthology Occasionally, Bellow s shortcomings as a novelist meandering plots, neverending discussions of Platonist metaphysics that I never come close to understanding infect a couple of the stories, but, still, NOBODY writes this well It s freakish The best stories Something to Remember Me By and The Bellarosa Connection are for the ages, and the rest don t miss that level by much.

  21. Chris

    I wouldn t have appreciated this if I hadn t studied it, but now that I have I think Bellow s as fine a craftsman as I ve ever encountered No word is out of place, and each story is so intricately and ingeniuosly arranged that it bears up to repeated re readings, revealing new secrets each time you pore over it Plus Something to Remember Me By feels like the template to every good Six Feet Under episode.

  22. Steve James

    Saul Bellow sees than we see sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches Compared to him, the rest of us are only fitfully sentient and intellectually too, his sentences simply weigh than anybody else s Martin Amis.Not superficial writing, but if you ever want to read someone that flawlessly and beautifully turns the experiences and thoughts of his character s lives into the those of someone you ll think you ve always known

  23. Honoré

    A bitter sweet collection of short stories evoking another age This is about memories, family, cousins, lust, death and regrets, but also fun and stoicism As the narrator s approach old er age they go back to what could have been, what never was, or perhaps was, in a different perspective This is the mature collection of an author at the peak of his understanding of mankind and its destiny Must read.

  24. Boz Reacher

    I would recommend buying rather than borrowing, the stories mostly follow an old guy reminisces formula which can get somewhat exhausting if you read this all back to back to back as I did Got down to the wire, rushing against the library deadline, and I almost stopped enjoying myself almost If there are toilets in heaven there s a copy of this sittin on every tank.

  25. Lucy

    THE OLD SYSTEM loved the tina character was reading all about the jews and had a massive beach ful of hasidic jews in front of me Aberystwyth SILVER DISH enjoyed this first delve into bellow s writing father character great

  26. Will

    Really good and surprisingly dense I don t know what I expected, but, despite this not being it, most of these stories are incredibly good Four stars instead of five only because it was slow for me in parts, but that s it.

  27. Josh

    The last two stories in this collection, I loved A couple of others were very good A Theft is one that stands out But overall, I enjoy Bellow much as a novelist than a short storyteller Classic Bellow prose throughout, but not all as satisfying as his novels.

  28. Chris Horner

    collected is accurate they are far from short great for a transatlantic flight, imperfect for a subway ride worth every minute A first class man subsists on the matter he destroys, just as the stars do The Bellarosa Connection Bellow is a first class man.

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