Saturday, December 15, 2012

#* The Adventures of Augie March


  • Veröffentlicht am: 1954-01-15
  • Einband: Gebundene Ausgabe


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4A unique coming-of-age story
Von A.J.
"The Adventures of Augie March" is a coming-of-age story about a young man who grows up in a working-class Jewish neighborhood of Chicago in the first half of the 20th century. Augie is intelligent and articulate, but he seems to wander through life passively with no definite goals and not many interests. As the Depression hits, he is forced to postpone his academic pursuits in order to make a living, taking a wide variety of odd jobs, including stealing books, organizing labor unions, and working as a research assistant to an eccentric wealthy man writing a book about wealthy people. Eventually he decides to become a schoolteacher, but even this profession is relatively short-lived. The novel culminates in Augie's discovery that he must align himself with the "axial lines" of his life.

Augie's "adventures" consist mainly of his getting entangled in various affairs of his relatives, friends, girlfriends, and employers. These episodes range dramatically from his nearly getting caught by the police in a stolen car, to his accompaniment of his friend Mimi to an abortionist and her subsequent grave illness (probably a bold thing to write about at the time), to helping his girlfriend Thea train an eagle to hunt lizards in Mexico. (Thea finds, to her frustration, that she can train neither the eagle nor Augie.) This is a bizarre assortment of events, but the depiction of each is strangely realistic and unique.

The narration is masterfully constructed with Bellow's erudite prose and penchant for rich description. Reading this novel is challenging but ultimately rewarding.

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1Adventures? What adventures?
Von Ein Kunde
Yes Ok the book deals well with relationships but to allude that Augie March had adventures is misleading. The most interesting part of the book is the "hero's" name and the lizard. Yes Augie you "....may well be a flop", that was the most relevant statement in the book and it came on page 536. I just wanted the book to get started and it was over.

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4as irrelevent as calling a book 'over-written', here we are
Von asphlex
This is one of Bellow's most highly regarded novels and there are plenty of reasons why. It's wonderfully written, maintains the interest throughout a very honest, human story that few people won't be able to relate to. It focuses on its time and place directly and gives the reader deep insight into the people who are living, turning the narrative into a seperate dimension, dragging you into this universe and keeping you there, forever, trapped, unhappy after a long time of joy. Augie keeps talking, keeps telling you his story, and after a while it seems like he has run out of things to say. Oh, sure, all these additions allow us to know the boy/kid/man, and he tells it in an intriuging manner, but sometimes things he tells us about himself are repeated, Augie loses focus and when he gets nervous or unsure of himself, he details the shattered, minute details that really don't give us anything.

Yeah, it's a terrific book, but among Bellow's first three novels, I believe it is the least of them. Read it anyway, get what is to be gotten (a lot), then move on, keep it in your mind, allow Augie to haunt you for a while, then, rightly, forget all about that person whom you really liked a lot but just wouldn't shut up.

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#* The Adventures of Augie March Reviewed by Lek on Saturday, December 15, 2012 Rating: 4.5


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