Thursday, April 07, 2005

Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow, one of the great novelists of the past fifty years, has died, aged 89. Bellow had a presence and intelligence that will be missed. His novels - including The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Henderson the Rain King are amongst the finest of the twentieth century, and he continued turning out excellent work well into his eighties. Bellow's writing is noted for its acute observation, gentle wit, and larger-than-life characters, but of course such formulas can never convey the actual qualities of a writer. If you haven't tried Bellow, you ought to. He was one of the greats, and his death is terribly sad.

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