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Moses E. Herzog suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life, and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by writing a series of letters never to be sent, examining his life and times and asking "the piercing questions".
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, Published by the Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2015
Edition: Deluxe edition
Copyright Date: ©1964
ISBN: 9780143107675
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: xxvi, 371 pages ; 22 cm


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Saul Bellow's 'Herzog' is a quintessential "midlife crisis" novel. The main character Herzog is a failed writer, teacher, father, and husband. He writes unsent letters to friends and enemies, colleagues and famous people, revealing his sardonic and twisted perception of the world.

An excellent inspirational technique for writers is to examine the often chaotic and complex
process undertaken by other writers. In Saul Bellow's Herzog readers can explore the creative process as part of the narrative. The main character Herzog is a failed writer, teacher, father, and husba... Read More »

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Jun 17, 2017

A very lovable main character, and one for our age (even more so than "a man without qualities"), rudderless, somewhat bewildered, knowledgeable and intelligent, but still feisty and hopeful.

Sep 08, 2015

This is not Bellow's best work but even when not at his best, he remains maddeningly brilliant

Dec 06, 2010

1965 National Book Award - Fiction

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