Henderson the Rain King (2020)

Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow Henderson the Rain King Henderson is a rich hard drinking middle aged American tycoon On an impulse he walks out of his marriage to darkest Africa But this is not so much the Africa we know from the foreign correspondents as
  • Title: Henderson the Rain King
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780140024968
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow Henderson is a rich hard drinking middle aged American tycoon On an impulse he walks out of his marriage to darkest Africa But this is not so much the Africa we know from the foreign correspondents as a mysterious land of myth and magic How in a fantastic ceremonial trial of strength he rises to the rank of rain maker to a primitive tribe and becomes right handHenderson is a rich hard drinking middle aged American tycoon On an impulse he walks out of his marriage to darkest Africa But this is not so much the Africa we know from the foreign correspondents as a mysterious land of myth and magic How in a fantastic ceremonial trial of strength he rises to the rank of rain maker to a primitive tribe and becomes right hand man to a local chief is an extravagantly funny and wildly energetic story Saul Bellow, in fact.
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  1. Manny

    Although I enjoyed the book, I have trouble improving on this brief summary from onestarbookreviews A rich old man goes to Africa to find himself, only to get tangled up in one huge, extended metaphor with a lion.

  2. Arun Divakar

    There is a thriving trade in self help books which have always baffled me I could never relate to another person telling meLook, these are the steps you need to take to better your life if you don t take them you are done for Well, no book will be so absolute in saying so but underlying all the sugarcoating there is this message loud clear in most books of this genre Then however comes the matter of literature where a clever author without even giving you the faintest clue ties a blindfold aroun [...]

  3. Duane

    This is my first Saul Bellow book and while I didn t hate it, I didn t love it either I get that Henderson was on a spiritual journey to find the answers to his life s questions, and that the reader can pluck a few jewels of inspiration from Bellow s examples throughout the novel, but I ve experienced that in many other novels that I enjoyed much than this one I think the problem I had was with Henderson s personality He reminded me of a few people that I have known, one in particular, who alwa [...]

  4. Richard Hensley

    If you can endure the narcissistic, misogynistic narrator protagonist, if you can pretend to believe that every woman he meets wants to jump his bones, every guy wants to become his pal and no one anywhere wants to slap him silly, if you can abide the phony African setting, if you can shrug off the plot contrivances and force yourself to care about yet another privileged male s midlife crisis, if you can avoid rolling your eyes out of socket at the humorous mishaps caused by the Rabelaisian hero [...]

  5. J.I.

    This novel is staggering It is the story, which we have heard so many times, of a bellicose foreigner who goes to Africa in order to find himself But something is amiss This isn t just some person who has lost their way a little bit, but someone that while good intentioned at times is a drunkard and a lout, selfish and violent while he wants to be a good person, he simply isn t Then he decides to ditch the tourist Africa and find the true heart of it in order to understand and heal himself, but [...]

  6. Io?

    Strepitoso Bellow Con questo romanzo la mia mente volata su su oltre le nuvole, compiendo le stesse piroette fanciullesche che orgiasticamente facevo quando divoravo Zanna bianca E contemporaneamente andata gi gi , dentro gli abissi chiaroscuri del mio io, lasciandomi una melanconia sottile.

  7. Nathan Isherwood

    read saul bellow philip roth does i hate the word romp so let s say this book is all about personal exploration henderson is opinionated, an american bull he s in africa he s being ugly and how you d expect him to be but he s the only one giving revelations and you couldn t imagine it any other way he s like a teddy roosevelt mid life crisis tour guide henderson s a brute with color it s a search for the meaning of life with your dickhead uncle who owns a brand new chrysler the worst part is he [...]

  8. J.K. Grice

    This has to be one of the most overrated and boring books I have ever attempted to read I made it half way, but would have only finished if someone had a gun to my head.

  9. lori mitchell

    i loved, loved, loved this book this is the book that adam duritz from the counting crows named the song the rain king afteri ve meant to read it for years and years and just now got around to it i plan on buying a copy and picking it up once a year or so it s just really so enjoyable and really beautiful favorite excerpts I had a voice that said I want I want I It should have told me SHE wants, HE wants, THEY want And over, it s love that makes reality reality The opposite makes the opposite So [...]

  10. david

    I belong in the service of the Queen I belong anywhere but in between She s been crying, I ve been thinking And I am the rain king Counting CrowsJust a great novel from a top American writer Quite funny also.

  11. David

    Huh so, the plot of this book, I say to myself, having chosen it at random from Peter Boxall s 1001 Books list, is a rich white guy goes to Africa to learn the meaning of life from the noble savages Oh, I can see that this will turn out well.Saul Bellow is one of those Big Literary Dudes I ve never read, but by reputation I was expecting him to be kind of like Philip Roth or J.M Coetzee who I did not love lots of manly wangsting to the tune of Fond Memories of Vagina.Okay, let me dial down the s [...]

  12. Betsy Robinson

    This is bawdy, spontaneous, poetic writing Eugene Henderson, an overblown, twice married, millionaire pig farmer and violin player is having an existential crisis.I want, I want, I want, I want, I want This is the geshrei that drives fifty five year old Henderson into and through a spiritual quest in Africa He doesn t know what he wants, just that everybody is working, making, digging, bulldozing, trucking, loading, and so on until it is a form of madness I think he would be right at home in ou [...]

  13. Stela

    I am a steady admirer of Saul Bellow and this since I read, some thirty years ago, Humboldt s Gift And I was thinking, while reading Henderson, the Rain King how important although irrelevant is the first reading of an author For if I had read this book first, I doubt I have ever tried another Not because it is bad, but because it didn t say much to me As a complex parody it was sometimes boring instead of funny, even though I quite liked the idea of an anti superhero I don t know if Bellow is t [...]

  14. Vale

    Dice tu vuoi vivere, Grun tu molani L uomo vuole vivere.In queste calde giornate di luglio, l idea della fuga ritorna nella mia mente come un mantra Ci sar un altrove Un luogo diverso non solo nella lingua, nei costumi e nell architettura, ma nelle persone e nei valori di cui sono portatori Fatico sempre di pi ad incastrarmi nel modus vivendi di chi mi circonda e la letteratura resta uno dei pochi luoghi inviolati in cui riesco a respirare Penso ad Enrico Baj perch nel saggio Ecologia dell arte [...]

  15. Evandro

    Eis um livro surpreendente N o era o que eu esperava que fosse antes de come lo nem tampouco o que passei a esperar que fosse depois que iniciei a leitura sem d vida uma obra prima Saul Bellow consegue obter uma mescla perfeita de a o e reflex o, de trama e devaneio Os pensamentos dos personagens j dariam um grande livro, mas a estes ainda se somam suas perip cias e as reviravoltas da trama Impressionante, carism tico, divertido e profundo A tradu o portuguesa, da Livros do Brasil que a mesma re [...]

  16. Stacie

    an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness But the pursuitof sanity can be a form of madness, too.This book is filled with little gems like these This is, by far, my favorite Bellow He plots out the self exploration of a millionaire with wit and humor, a look at what it is to love and be loved, and most importantly, the difference between what it means to be and become.We are all looking for the truth, but in that search do we become slaves to our own falsehoods [...]

  17. David

    Now I have already mentioned that there was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it got even stronger It said only one thing, I want, I want And I would ask, What do you want But this was all it would ever tell me.I ve never been to Africa I d love to though if anyone wants to float me a one way ticket to Ouagadougou, maybe a layover in Z rich to pick up some luxury essentials, I d be mighty [...]

  18. Mitchel Broussard

    I imagine that chick from Eat Pray Love owes a lot to this book Some rich and successful but oh so depressed dillhole decides to go to Africa because, you know, foreign countries have ALL the answers because they re SO mysterious I don t even feel like explaining Henderson is a grade A asshole, even when he starts to become or whatever the fuck that means I didn t care about him I didn t care whether he became and I didn t care whether that baby tiger he takes home with him on the plane retaliat [...]

  19. Drew

    So far I ve only read this and Dangling Man, but I m convinced that Saul Bellow is the most overrated American author of the 20th century I will say this for it the main character is complete, and very real seeming I almost feel like I ve met him.But that is just about the only good thing I can say about this book, apart from a few bits of all right prose It reads like I assume Eat, Pray, Love would, were I to actually read THAT imperfect white person goes to a third world country in search of s [...]

  20. Sharon Barrow Wilfong

    This is just a crazy book about a man, Henderson, traveling to Africa and trying to help out some native tribes One tribe he succeeds in destroying their only water hole The next tribe tries to make him their next king because he participates in some native dance which causes rain.Really, my review here cannot do it justice I will write later Bellow s inimitable style is fast and fluid His main characters, like Henderson, are full of energy as are his stories.As is true for most of Bellow s sto [...]

  21. Marc Gerstein

    Literature has no shortage of male protagonists suffering existential crises and somehow or other trying to find meaning in their lives But Eugene Henderson, the unfulfilled scorned son of a wealthy father who still left him plenty of money is a seeker with a difference He is a world class fu up and he ups the ante on bad decisions after he decides to seek meaning in Africa The book is hysterically funny in a Saul Bellow sort of way which means if you re not into Bellow style introspection, you [...]

  22. Inese Okonova

    Gr mata, ko las ju GR grupas rosin ta, bet mu rok s ar lielu skepsi, jo visur tiek uzsv rta saikne ar Hemingveju, bet ar o klasi i man ir oti saspringtas attiec bas Otrk rt, es pa gabalu turos no gr mat m, kur s jau ami pa du u rietumnieku gar guma mekl jumi Indij un citos t los pasaules nost ros BET galu gal man gr mata pat oti patika Jo, ja vien es pareizi sapratu, Belovs paman s no vienas puses izdar t reveransu di EH virzien , bet taj pa laik gardi par vi u iesmiet Tie i tas pats attiecas uz [...]

  23. Judy

    This is the fifth Saul Bellow novel I have read I started with his first, The Dangling Man 1944 and moved along I don t know that he is currently read much and I don t know why , but I just love his novels I would think that an author who won three National Book Awards, a Pulitzer, and the Nobel Prize should be an American treasure.Henderson is a character who could only have been created by Bellow Larger than life, literally and figuratively, socially embarrassing, personally challenged as a hu [...]

  24. Simona

    Non stato facile leggere questo libro un po perch lo stile di Bellow a tratti ripetitivo e prolisso e anche perch dovevo abituarmi al suo stile.Il protagonista di questo romanzo Eugene Henderson, un uomo di 55 anni minato nel corpo, in quanto reduce di guerra e nell anima, a causa dei suoi due matrimoni fallimentari Eugene, decide a un certo punto della sua vita, stanco della ricchezza che possiede, di partire per l Africa.L Africa che visita e che il lettore scopre con i suoi occhi l africa non [...]

  25. Elizabeth

    This was a struggle for me but I enjoyed it I was not offended by the stereotypical depiction of Africa nor the bumbling, blustering, outrageous self described Henderson but I don t know if I got much out of it except the fabulous word play and the idea of the spiritual hunger which ran through the book The famous line I want, I want, I want is one that certainly all have experienced It was perhaps the juxtaposition of crude humor and lofty philosophical thoughts that left me a bit baffled I thi [...]

  26. C.

    Henderson The Rain King certainly provides food for thought Eugene Henderson s macho character was modeled after another famous E H This E H was a boozer, went to Africa and carried his macho weight around like a club as does Eugene Henderson, and at times, wanted to blow his brains out As many people of the day went off to Africa however, notes Henderson, man goes into the external world, and all he can do with it is to shoot it Eugene just wants to set the record straight, with himself, becaus [...]

  27. Gabriele

    Da dove partire Ah, s , partiamo con il dire che Saul Bellow uno di quegli autori che piacciono a me, uno di quegli americani che hanno aperto, spesso inconsapevolmente, le porte al postmodernismo, un po come John Barth o Philip Roth o DeLillo, gente che un giorno, subito dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, si messa alla propria scrivania e ha iniziato a buttar gi storie che ritraessero i propri contemporanei, spesso da un punto di vista imparziale, a tratti volutamente cinico e o umoristico, ricon [...]

  28. David Lentz

    For those who want to get into the work of Saul Bellow, this is perhaps one of his most accessible novels It s about a rich and eccentric man who travels to Africa and encounters a tribal chief who own lions The tribal chief is brilliant and teaches Henderson some valuable lessons The encounters with the lion were real and vivid and moving Henderson is vintage Bellow and is relatively easy to read it has less of a scholarly bent than several of Bellow s other novels like Ravelstein, Herzog and H [...]

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