Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir (Paperback)Greg Bellow (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
A very personal, affectionate account of a giant of modern literature * Sunday Herald *
Its family history can illuminate novels * Evening Standard *
[A] restrained and moving memoir * David Baddiel, The Times *
What distinguishes this ... is the ability to express both admiration and disapproval without becoming fully possessed by either ... The result, free from illusions and full of sweet writing, does greater justice to what his father left behind than any number of eulogies from his better-known literary sons * New Statesman *
Saul Bellow was an incandescent being, and also incandescently difficult. Greg Bellow has written a wrenchingly candid account of being his son - a real son, not a literary son: there is no self-invention here, there is only self-discovery. I was deeply moved by Greg Bellow's memoir of his passage from pain to acceptance. Amid the brutalities of love he has found its blessing * Leon Wieseltier *
Thoughtful and considered and fuelled by Greg Bellow's hurt as much as his memories opens with a telling anecdote. It is discreetly operatic, an overture that helps makes sense of all that is to follow ... Perceptive, honest ... Impressively intelligent ... It is true to Bellow the writer and the man * Eileen Battersby, Irish Times *
His memoir contains some interesting nuggets * Sunday Times *
Bellow's characterisation of his father's background is one of the most enjoyable strands of the book * Guardian *
A better book than might have been expected. The eldest son of the Nobel Prize-winning Canadian-born US novelist, a retired psychiatrist, reveals some of the pride and all of the hurt that went with belonging to the first of his self-absorbed father's several families * Eileen Battersby, Irish Times Non-fiction Books of the Year *
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