- Saul Bellow (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Saul Bellow (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Saul Bellow (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Saul Bellow (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Saul Bellow (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Saul Bellow
- First Published: 1959
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Mock-heroic
- Setting: Central East Africa
- Characters: Eugene Henderson, Romilayu, Willatale, Mtalba, Itelo, Dahfu, Horko, The Bunam, Gmilo, Atti, Dahfu
- Genres: Long fiction, Picaresque fiction, Novel
- Subjects: 1950's, Self-discovery, Africa or Africans, Courage, Gods or goddesses, Identity, Millionaires, Priests, Animals, dangerous, Rain
- Locales: Africa, France, Europe, United States, Connecticut, North America
The seeker in Saul Bellow’s fiction is no Ulysses, Hamlet, Don Quixote, Gulliver, Huck Finn, or Ishmael. He is the philosophical clown, the innocent American, and adventurous discoverer of a spiritual quest that begins with the knowledge that “man’s character is his fate” and ends with the realization that “man’s fate is his character.” Eugene Henderson is a tremendously comic figure, oversized in physique, great in his appetites, obsessed by the demands of an “I want, I want” that clamors without appeasement within him. He is fifty-five years old...
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