Expecting to be inducted into the army, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Bellow's first novel documents Joseph's psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of free...more
There’s something about Bellow, though, that makes me persist. It’s probably the perception of him as one of the best American w...more
- he begins a journal to capture his increasing disenfranchisement, though he considers that it's frowned upon to share your feelings in a society 'unpracticed in introspection, and therefore badly equipped to deal with opponents whom they cannot sho...more
I liked this very much about the book because it felt very...more
While many of the relationships were interesting, I, like the young man, was quite eager for the call to duty.
Joseph is the keeper of the diary and quits his job to volunteer in WWII. Much red tape causes delay in his being called an...more
The story of a man waiting to be sent off to fight in the war but his call gets delayed and in the meantime he starts to 'dangle' or finds himself with nothing to do, and no direction in which to take his life. He is a real 'nowhere man' as John Lennon may have put it.
Joseph, the main character in Dangling Man, reminded me of who I used to be and what I used to be like about 10 years ago. Scarily similar in fact.
There are so...more
Joseph has in his own mind become a "dangling man" in limbo waiting and uses the journal to reflect on how having nothing to do but wait affects him. He becomes surly, angry and even violent and in the end unable to stands it volunteers for active army duty immediately. At the end of the dia...more
Joseph was not a likable character. Although...more
The protagonist Joseph, the eponymous 'Dangling Man' is, through a bureaucratic mix up caught between American army service during world war II and his life leading up to that. He has quit his job and is simply waiting with his wife in a sm...more
Trovarsi ritratto così finemente in un romanzo è cosa rara e spaventevole, rivela l'incanto e il terrore di sapere che qualcun'altro ti è simile. Joseph mi assomiglia, assomiglia ad un me del passato, ad un me che a volte torna a bussare insist...more
Dangling Man is the diary of a year in the life of a man in his mid twenties, who is waiting to be called up to fight in World War II. Due to a series of technicalities he left his job, and then the army delayed tak...more
I've often thought this one would make a good film. Of course, it would have to be a European film and since it is set in America it simply can never b...more
Mr. Bellow's first novel, Dangling Man, was pu...more