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Take a man waiting - waiting between the two worlds of civilian life and the army, suspended between two identities - and you have a man who, perhaps for the first time in his life, is really free. However, freedom can be a noose around a man's neck.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Penguin Classics (first published 1944)
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Lisa
Dec 22, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
What happens if you are caught between two commitments?
If you have time to look at the world from an unoccupied position?
What will you see?
What will you discover of our common humanity?
Are you still engaged in the questions your generation asks, if you are not actively participating?
Can you understand the world better while you are inside it, or do you need to establish distance between yourself and everyday business to define its essence?
If it requires you to step out to see the patterns, but y
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The thousands of my fans here at goodreads.com must know by now that I spent a great part of my childhood and early teen years in an island facing the Pacific Ocean (see my review of "Timbuktu" by Paul Auster). when I was around ten years old, a word was invented there, most likely by a close relative of mine named Aputuy (though I'm not sure of this as he may have picked it up also from someone else). I do not know how that word is spelled, but I'll write it here by the way it sounds: POO-CHOOT ...more
Trevor
Jul 16, 2007 Trevor rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people recovering from political parties
Shelves: literature
Bellow is one of the strangest writers - it would be hard to say that I really like his writing. I mean, it is beautifully put together, but as I'm reading his books I keep thinking to myself, 'I'm really not enjoying this'. It is only once it is finished and months later I'm still thinking about the damn thing that I realise just how good he is.

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
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Bucket
Saul Bellow wrote Dangling Man when he was about my age and as I read, I recognized some of the thoughts and realizations that Joseph is having. For example, Joseph sees a clear difference between his current self and his younger (college-age) self. There is also the struggle with society's sense that professional progress is the end-all be-all for 20-somethings and that being stalled or focusing on other things means you're "dangling."

I liked this very much about the book because it felt very
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Sheyda Dehghan
اولین کتابی بود که از این نویسنده خوندم و حقیقت اینه که نتونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم حتی با وجود اینکه کتاب جایزه نوبل 1976 رو هم دریافت کرده! تصمیم گیری درمورد سال بلو رو گذاشتم بعد از خوندن کتاب بعدیش؛ امیدوارم بتونه جزء نویسنده های مورد علاقم قرار بگیره :)) این کتاب منو یاد مورچه
آرژانتینی ِ ایتالو کالوینو و همینطور کارکترهای رمان جهالت ِ میلان کوندرا انداخت، حالا شنونده (خواننده) میتونه خودش درمورد این کتاب قضاوت کنه! :)

جمله مورد علاقم از این کتاب:
عشق موجب بیزاری از زندگی نمی شود. این نا
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Stephen Durrant
"Dangling Man," Nobel-Prize-winning author Saul Bellow's first novel (1944), is one of his slighter offerings. The central character, Joseph, is a "dangling man" because he has given up his job and is awaiting induction into the military. Perhaps he is dangling in another way: he has become too intellectually removed to connect emotionally with his wife Iva or his friends. His intellectual distance is applied to himself as well, and, despite all else, he does possess a certain lucidity. While he ...more
Steven
"I am exhilarated by the tremendous unimportance of my work. It is nonsense. My employers are nonsensical. The job therefore leaves me free. There's nothing to it. In a way it's like getting a piece of bread from a child in return for wiggling your ears. It is childish. I am the only one in this fifty-three-story building who knows how childish it is. Everybody else takes it seriously. Because this is a fifty-three-story building, they think it must be serious. 'This is life!' I say, this is pis
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Dina
May 14, 2013 Dina rated it really liked it
The reviews of this book seem to split the readers into people who vaguely identify with the fatuous intellectual and those who react and judge from a distance. I identify with him. Joseph is a Bellow protagonist who doesn't bluster larger than life like Henderson or isn't excessively snobby and removed, an alien from another generation like Sammler. He is a dabbling intellectual who judges doers from afar and is poisoned by the intersection of his own lack of initiative or concrete movement tow ...more
Stewart
Try as I might, I’ve never connected with Saul Bellow’s prose. My first attempt was The Actual, his penultimate work, and his shortest. A few pages in and I was lost. Then, The Adventures Of Augie March, the novel that signalled his worth as a writer: after reading the opening page repeatedly, I knew I couldn’t continue through the whole book doing so, and abandoned it.

There’s something about Bellow, though, that makes me persist. It’s probably the perception of him as one of the best American w
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şenay izne ayrıldı
Jul 03, 2013 şenay izne ayrıldı rated it really liked it
kitabı bitiriş tarihi olarak bugünü yazdım ama bugün bu kitabı 4. kez bitirişimin tarihi aslında. iki kere orjinalini (pdf) bir kere okuyanus yayınlarından çıkan bir kerede cem yayınlarından çıkan baskısını okudum ve sabaha kadar hakkında konuşabilirim gibi (okuyanus çevirisi berbat, yazım hataları filan can sıkıcı).

blogumda da yazmıştım, kendimi tekrar edecek gibi olacağım ama, kafka'nın dönüşüm'ünde gregor samsa modern hayatta iş ve sorumluluklar yüzünden nasıl böceğe dönüşüyorsa joseph de sav
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Ali Heidari
Jan 11, 2017 Ali Heidari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قسمت های زیبایی از کتاب

یک ریز کتاب های جدید را سریع تر از آنکه بتوانم بخوانم می خریدم . چون تا زمانی که مرا احاطه کرده بودند وسعت زندگی ام را تضمین می کردند و بسیار با ارزش تر و ضروری تر از زندگی روزمره ای بود که مجبور به ادامه ان بودم .
در هر کس نشانه ای خنده دار و غیر عادی وجود دارد . نمی توانی همه چیز را با هم تحت کنترل درآوری .

نمی خواهم اویزان زندگی شوم . من نه آن قدر فاسد شده ام و نه آن قدر سرسختم که بتوانم زمانی که زندگی ام در خطر نابودی است از آن لذت ببرم .

پ.ن 1: کتابی بسیار زیبا در مورد
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Justin Evans
Jan 30, 2011 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Should've started my Bellow reading with this, I think. First I read Ravelstein, which was essentially an insult to the reader's intelligence. It took me a few years to get over that farce, and when I did, I went with 'Seize the Day,' which was okay, but not particularly memorable for any reason. This is really good, provided you liked that Dostoevsky volume that includes Notes from Underground and the Grand Inquisitor section from Brothers K. Because 'Dangling Man' is the mid twentieth century, ...more
Perihan
"Herkes sarsıntıda, herkes boşlukta. Yaşamayı sürdürebildiğin anda, kendini doğrultmaya başlayabilirsin."


Boşlukta ,adeta bir salıncağa binmiş gibi, sallanan bir adam; işini sorumluluk almaktan bıktığı için bırakmış, biraz aylak , biraz serseri , gelecek kaygılarından kurtulmak isteyen, ama anlık kaygılarından kurtulamayan bir garip adam...

Yazar Nobel Ödülü sahibi bir yazar. Dili ise oldukça yalın ve bir o kadar da dikkat çekiciydi bana göre. Yalnız hikaye de tıpkı Boşlukta Sallanan Adam kadar s
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Joy
Apr 08, 2017 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5*
Perseus Q
Aug 11, 2013 Perseus Q rated it it was ok
Saul Bellow, Nobel Laureate, is best known for his masterpieces The Adventures Of Augie March and Herzog. Of course, I've read neither of those. Not just because I'm a tosser who prefers the lesser known works of respected authors, but because I only had $3 on me when I wandered into Fowlers' Second-Hand Books, Lorne, and this book, at $2.50, was the only Bellow I could afford. I did in fact read Bellow's The Victim several years ago and I recall none of it; oh, there was a scene on a subway I t ...more
Rick
Oct 07, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The late Nobelist’s first novel—and the first of his I’ve read—Dangling Man is a novel in the form of a personal journal. Written (by Bellow) a year or so after the period of the journal (by Joseph), the winter-spring of 1942-43, it recounts a young Chicagoan’s wait before being inducted into the Army. A technicality has thrust him into a kind of limbo of waiting and he sourly muses his way through it, behaving like an ass to his wife and acquaintances. The time is meant as a kind of gift to him ...more
Trisha
Dec 19, 2014 Trisha rated it it was ok
"no virtue could be considered greater than that of trying to preserve oneself."

For such a short book, this one is NOT light.
A story about Joseph, rebel and a little disillusioned with life. He spends his time doing pretty idle things.

But from there it's a little crazy. It's dense and a lot of inner ramblings and he struggles to explain to everyone and even himself, why he is so against work schedule and a planned day.

but I can't say I enjoyed it. The living arrangement (and the guy who never
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Salvatore
Sep 22, 2011 Salvatore rated it it was amazing
Impressive, pithy, aggressive, sharp. The narrator reminded me of a more type A version of the narrator from Notes from Underground. Joseph is a wonderful representation of someone who is caught between worlds with way too much time to think about his situation, and the means to exist without worrying about working (well, he worries quite a bit about working, but the job is always just out of reach for one reason or the other). My first reading of Bellow, his first novel, is a fantastic start. I ...more
Jenny
May 22, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about what happens inside a man when he is left waiting, without "regimentation," when his days are all his own. It's a good book, and I enjoyed the philosophical overtones and the musings of Joseph, the main character. I just didn't feel as connected to him and to the book itself as I have with other books. It does make me feel differently about Bellow, so that's good. I like Bellow's style and his viewpoints (if Joseph's are his).
I recommend this to fans of Modernist fiction, t
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Marc
Feb 03, 2013 Marc rated it liked it
Beautiful novel, in the line of Dostoyevsky's 'Memories from the underground' and Hesse's 'Steppenwolf'. An exploration of the modern human condition: to be or not to in the Chicago of 1942-43. The main character hesitates to dive in the war, like everyone else; he finds no solution to his existential despair, gets frustrated by the hopeless waiting and finally finds satisfaction (questionably) as he is allowed to enter the army.
Lee
Jan 16, 2010 Lee added it
In a sort of literary refutation of Hemingway, Bellow seems determined to restore interiority, description, and garrulousness to its proper place in American fiction. "Dangling Man" is a pretty good first novel, though Bellow seems unsure of how to end his book; DM is also a fascinating document of domestic life during World War II.
David
Jun 23, 2013 David rated it really liked it
This book shows a slightly different Bellow from the one I'm used to. It's interesting, though. You hear about the dangers of an unexamined life, but the narrator of this book might argue that the reverse is just as dangerous. If we have too much time too look at ourselves, we might not like what we see, and then things just might spread from there.
Michael Finocchiaro
Not bad for a first novel, but not that compelling either. I had a hard time finding compassion and identification with Joseph, the protagonist. The book is entertaining, but not a "must" in the Bellow canon.
Mary
Jun 19, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Have always loved Saul Bellow's intellect and quirkiness. Had to have a Bellow fix.
Maryam
Sep 26, 2009 Maryam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
پس از اين مسئول كارهايم نخواهم بود.از اين بابت سپاسگزارم.در اختيار ديگري هستم،رها از تصميم گيري؛فسخ آزادي
بشتاب براي ساعات منظم
و براي نظارت بر روح
زنده باد سربازي
Chiara (Catullina)
Mentre leggevo, ho cominciato a scrivere su dei post it alcune frasi, alcune immagini, alcuni pensieri che le pagine mi suscitavano. Pezzi che mi sono rimasti più impressi. Qualcosa di significativo per me.
Mi piacerebbe cominciare ad utilizzare questo metodo quest'anno, per i libri che leggo. Per segnarmi più a fondo ciò che mi colpisce, per ricordarlo meglio in futuro.


L'avidità senza fondo dell'uomo. O, meglio parlare di un Sentimento del Destino Individuale.
Ricorda l'Uomo del Sottosuolo.
Le gio
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Michael Joseph
Feb 08, 2017 Michael Joseph rated it liked it
It's an auspicious start. I think this Bellow kid is someone to watch!
Michael
My march through the fiction of Saul Bellow begins here, with his first novel. Really 2.5 stars, but I'm rounding down because I had a hard time getting into it. In fact, I'd started and stopped this novel twice in the last year before I finally persevered this time. Isolated examples of Bellow's observational powers, to be sure, but stuck in a narrative that intentionally goes nowhere.
Hucky
In seinem ersten, 1944 erschienenen Roman Der Mann in der Schwebe erzählt Saul Bellow die Geschichte eines Mannes, der während des Zweiten Weltkriegs in einem Chicagoer Pensionszimmer auf seine Einberufung wartet. In dieser Zeit der Unsicherheit führt er Tagebuch, unterwirft sich einer grüblerischen Selbstbeobachtung und muss dabei feststellen, dass er höchst unzeitgemäß ist. Er gehört nicht zu den hartgesottenen Typen und patriotischen Helden, die die Idole seiner Epoche darstellen. (amazon)
Yair Ben-Zvi
Dec 31, 2011 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it liked it
A slim novel with huge ideas, and although a great foundation is laid down and much is left undone, underdone or unsaid (to the novel's detriment I must say), it's still a more than worthwhile read, especially considering the later heights Saul Bellow reached.

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
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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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