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Something to Remember Me By: Three Tales

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A trio of short works by the Nobel laureate and "greatest writer of American prose of the twentieth century" (James Wood, The New Republic)

While Saul Bellow is known best for his longer fiction in award-winning novels such as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog, Something to Remember Me By will draw new readers to Bellow as it showcases his extraordinary gift for crea
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Penguin Classics (first published 1990)
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Michael Finocchiaro
This collection of short stories from Saul Bellow is an interesting read - but only if you have already read Herzog or Augie March or one of his other great works. There are three stories here, The Theft which is an interesting story of self-discovery, the title story Something to Remember Me By which is a bit depressing in the strained relationships it depicts. My favorite story was The Bellarosa Connection which - with Sammler's Planet - is the only work were Bellow directly addresses the Holo ...more
Vishy
Jul 22, 2015 Vishy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introduction by Bellow as excellent. There were some beautiful passages in the stories. The title story reminded me of the Martin Scorsese movie 'After Dark'. But overall, I was a little bit disappointed. I wasn't interested in reading about the travails of rich New Yorkers and their love affairs. I think I might have liked it when I was younger. I want to give Saul Bellow another try though - I want to read one of his bigger books, probably 'The Adventures of Augie March'.
Kat Cui
Feb 06, 2017 Kat Cui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction, lit
nice lucid writing. the first story was better than the second which was better than the third.
Liana Lau
Jul 04, 2014 Liana Lau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for The Theft, 3 stars for The Bellarosa Connection & Something To Remember Me By.

I am slightly irked by his needless references to Oriental characteristics (also seen in The Actual) and characters who are inexplicably powerful and wealthy, generally after having pursued the American dream. The first-person stories grate on me the most because of the boastful confidence in every interaction. The Theft is written third-person, and it's a lot easier to manage Clara's and Teddy's force
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katy desmond
Oct 12, 2009 katy desmond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three truly beautiful novellas. Cleverly written. Many it's a lusting for New York in the Autumn (because Bellow always feels like New York even when his work isn't set there), but these have turned me onto a writer I've never given much attention before.
Manda
Oct 03, 2013 Manda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, the prose was beautiful, the language was poetic and the characters were lively and multi-faceted. I wanted to love this, but none of the stories really blew my skirt up.

They were fine, really. Nothing spectacular though.
Dottie
One of my favorites of one of my favorites -- this is a bit melancholic and it seemed to me to be nearly perfect as I recall. Maybe I'll go back to it just to be sure -- one day but not now.
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Sarah
Jul 07, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
The second story is wonderful.
Helene
Oct 10, 2012 Helene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the short story "Something To Remember Me By" for class and it is really good. Very interesting.
Liron
Jul 01, 2008 Liron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bellow creates amazing characters, capturing intimate thoughts and persona's that bring them intimately, almost uncomfortably to life.
Tom McDade
Nov 09, 2013 Tom McDade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Can't go wrong with King Bellow. Billy R. tale my favorite
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Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago, received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

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