Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
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The most exuberant and funny of all Bellow’s novels, Henderson the Rain King remained the author’s personal favorite. Its outsized hero, Eugene Henderson, a mountain of a man, a millionaire, the father of many, remains adrift. Aggrieved, worn-out, all but defeated he longs to set things straight. Following the promptings of his unforgettable inner voice—“I want, I want, I want”—our hero finds himself in Africa. Henderson makes his way into a mythic sun-baked interior, where among exotic tribes he finds fellow seekers, teachers and soulmates. Whether blowing up a cistern full of frogs or learning to walk without fear among the lions, soulful, zany Henderson intends to burst his “spirit’s sleep.”

About Saul Bellow

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Saul Bellow (1915-2005) is the only novelist to have received three National Book Awards. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976.J. M. Coetzee is a two-time winner of the Booker Prize and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. His books include Waiting for the Barbarians and Slow Man.Christopher Hitchens is a celebrated author and critic. His books include Love, Poverty, and War and Why Orwell Matters.
Published March 29, 2013 by Odyssey Editions. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The National Book Award winner's first full length novel since The Adventures of Augie March is as bursting with life and energy as that fascinating book and has an even more absorbing hero.

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Bellow's classic novel of a dissatisfied American millionaire finding himself in Africa has been newly recorded in time for the novel's 50th anniversary.

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Before Henderson leaves for Africa, his account of his two marriages, his passions, desires and tantrums have all the qualities — the energized language, the narrative momentum, the honesty and depth of characterization — of Bellow’s great novels, among them my favorite, “Humboldt’s Gift.” It’s o...

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