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Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
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Mar 02, 2011

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bookshelves: africa, humor, film
Read in January, 1997 — I own a copy

An interesting idea—a hero who’s both enviably wealthy yet also a pathetic alcoholic who goes to Africa because he wants more out of life. While I got a chuckle or two out of his interactions with African tribal figures, I don’t think the book lived up to the hype that accompanied it. At least, that’s how I remember it.

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message 1: by Rena (new)

Rena Jane I think he was very new and different at the time he wrote, but he churned out so many of the same style of book, that the novelty wore off, and literature has moved into new directions. I read Dangling Man years ago, and was intrigued, then read this and a couple of others, and began to tire of Bellow.

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