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READ More Die of Heartbreak DOWNLOAD ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ä Saul Bellow Saul Bellow Ä 0 CHARACTERS Kenneth Trachtenberg the witty and eccentric narrator of More Die of Heartbreak has left his native Paris for the Midwest He has come to be near his beloved uncle the world renowned botanist Benn Crader self described plant visionary While his studies take h. ARE YOU UNHAPPY DARLING MORTICIA OH YES YES COMPLETELY Uncle Benn s favourite Charles Addams Cartoon uoted in More Die of HeartbreakI m going out on a limb on this one It was one of my absolute FAVOURITES from the pen of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow It s from the soul of a man who had seen all the incredible folly and pain of life close up from the depths of a deeply hurt but all forgiving HeartAnd he was not afraid to laugh out loud at it allI found its plot entirely believable and you know a LOT of outlandish things seem ENTIRELY credible to an old guy like me after all I ve been through Before I met my wife in 1977 Heartbreaks galoreSo like MorticiaMany of my readers may have been broken early on in life s journey in a manner similar to my own experienceFor when life breaks you like a mere twig what do you do You do like I did You try to make good friendships for yourself That helps to ease the painBut MY mistake was being a bit too friendly with my enemies the social predators in the circle of my real world acuaintances That s commonly known as currying favour What does that expression mean You may not know this but it means to disarm our potential enemies by grooming their strengths as with a curry comb for horses In other words we FLATTER THEIR VANITYWhat started out sounding charitable NOW seems like a cowardly form of self protection Because in reality we re just feeding the fire We re making our enemies STRONGERJust as trouble awaits us when we do this so it always crouches for attack at Uncle BennHe creates much trouble for himself than he ever had by currying favour with the predators around him Like his craftily unscrupulous Uncle Vizzner Or his wealthy fianc e herself both ready to tilt unwary Benn s wagon over into A World of HurtLove Bites And love Bleeds an it s driving ole Benn to his KneesIts main characters Benn and Kenneth are endearing and the epic aporia at its core is universally true Because it s our very own first lasting and ultimately untie able Knot Original SinAnd that is universally true because we ve all forgotten we re only human and we re all castaways in life We ve got the misbegotten idea into our heads that LIFE SHOULD BE FUNAporia because we all keep creating inescapable spider webs of self deceit out of the barren Fact of our Fall from Grace to assuage our guilt at being born humanIt s so trueBenn and Kenneth s story though may seem to you a bit TOO human and lostLike those chocolates in a box that surprise us by being hard on the outside but gooey in the middleIn a busy busy world like ours there s minimal tolerance for people who overtly wear their hearts on their sleeves Know what Bellow s holding a MIRROR in front of our outwardly set but inwardly endlessly emoting faces hard but gooeyLike us neither Benn nor his young nephew Kenneth know themselves too well or their own spider webs so their emotions are at loose ends when they re alone And that s most of the timeAnd when they ve found someone in their lives MUCH WORSE Pessoa at least was honest enough to AGREE that he was at loose ends when alone but acutely antsy in publicAre WE so honestLike Benn Kenneth we know our chosen fields of work well and we re attracted to certain kinds of attractive people but we don t know themselves WELL ENOUGH to make relationships than things that just don t workBellow portrays BK exactly that way and the result is devilishly comical I think he intended his story as a double edged sword that not only slices clean through Benn and Kenneth but all those of us who tend to take ourselves too seriouslyAnd I m no exception I still SUIRM when I think of Uncle Benn s tragicomic taleBut still Bellow s Human Comedy is so much easier to take than Balzac s unsettled group of tragicomedies because we are likely to see ourselves in Bellow s opus with a dash of spicy fun And relatively happy endingsBoth Balzac and Bellow were in the same ballpark thoughBut Bellow downplays the sorrow and because he sees Benn and his nephew as such decent lost souls and because all their close calls seem stage managed by their Guardian Angels Life seems to let them off lightlyAnd they come out of these near misses with evil minded people IN ONE COMICAL PIECEIf you have a crowded mind you will get claustrophobia from this book It can suffocate you if you re not relaxed But I ve got an ideaRead this gem during a getaway dream vacation after all this current fuss is over when all your cares and anxieties have vanished far from the madding crowdAt a distance from all the hubbub you ll get a good chuckle over how HILARIOUS our own hard Human Comedy can be ON THE EBULLIENT SURFACEAnd you may recover a bit of your lost sticky side too when you see your own hidden sweet gooey centre beneath as if for the first timeDon t it make you suirmGood Bellow s done his job

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READ More Die of Heartbreak DOWNLOAD ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ä Saul Bellow Saul Bellow Ä 0 CHARACTERS The door to a flood of new torments As Kenneth grapples with his own problems involving his unusual lady friend Treckie the two men try to figure out why gifted and intelligent people invariably find themselves knee deep in the garbage of a personal life  . This is a hard novel to get into There is the usual Bellovian intellectual overload to be got through and the eccentricities of the characters are something of a barrier And then there s the feeling that maybe we ve seen Bellow explore the male incomprehension of women once too often But once you re into it and have worked out the various relationships and conflicts it s a rewarding novel not least because it is often very funny It s a novel about a man and his uncle I don t recall having seen that central relationship in a novel before except maybe Tristram Shandy Kenneth Trachtenberg is the son Benn Crader never had and Benn is the father Kenneth perhaps wishes he had had But there is something a smidge homoerotic about their closeness too Since this is Bellow we re talking about both are intellectuals Benn is a famous botanist whose only truly passionate relationship is with plants Kenneth is a junior academic specializing in Russian studies Benn is a widower remarrying after years of the solitary life Kenneth has a daughter by a woman who won t marry him And much of the novel deals with the very peculiar relationships that each has with women who seem to fling themselves at these very odd men The central plot deals with Benn s relationship with his younger beautiful second wife Matilda who seems to have married him primarily for his celebrity she envisions herself presiding over a salon but also because there is a chance that he can become a millionaire That involves winning over a shady politician who also happens to Benn s uncle there are layers of avuncularity in the novel and who may have cheated Benn and his sister Kenneth s mother out of a fortune Everybody in the novel wants something Kenneth wants to marry the mother of his daughter except Benn who just wants to be left alone with his plants And in the course of working things out Bellow gives us reflections on sex on death on marriage on botany on being Jewish on Europe and America on academia on law and politics and on the movie Psycho

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READ More Die of Heartbreak DOWNLOAD ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ä Saul Bellow Saul Bellow Ä 0 CHARACTERS Im around the world Benn a restless spirit has not been able to satisfy his longings after his first marriage and lives from affair to affair and from bliss to breakdown Imagining that a settled existence will end his anguish Benn ties the knot again opening. Don t think this is uite as good as his other earlier novella Seize the Day But I read them so far apart and never taught this one though I did Carpe Diem several times always translated the whole book into Latin NOT Also taught his Mr Sammler which I consider one of the best novels ever written and certainly the best by my PhD advisor s best friend Pic of Leonard Unger and Saul Bellow in Rolling Stone Leonard cracking up Saul The University of Minnesota school culture held that Saul and Leonard a TS Eliot expert among other writers translated the first four lines of the Wasteland at the Faculty Club over lunchinto Yiddish