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Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
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Apr 26, 2010

it was ok
Read in April, 2010

For a time I enjoyed the rambling, conversational prose of Henderson The Rain King as a sort of stream-of-consciousness-lite, but it eventually became annoying as the narrator would jump to past events that may have not been previously discussed to draw analogies with his current situation. This and the philosophical tone of much of the dialogue and reflection make the non-narrative parts of the story difficult to follow. I cannot shake the feeling that Bellow has some powerful thesis about life, love, personality, suffering, and the relationship between man and beast. Unfortunately, I cannot reconcile Henderson’s character with my own and am at a loss to explain the understanding that he finally seems to gain. If I am going to follow a man into deep Africa and catastrophe, I’ll take “the horror, the horror” over “I want, I want, I want”.
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