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Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
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Jun 24, 08

Read in June, 2008

This is a picaresque, with a seemingly incoherent, but monumental protagonist, Henderson. Think a combination of Don Quixote, Candide, and Castaneda, all set in a fabulously imagined Africa. Unless you're more clever than I, you won't understand all of Henderson's rants, but you won't fail to be impressed by his earnest struggles to come to grips with his own larger than life person and persona, and his search for awareness as he deals with and tries to understand his African mentors. And Bellow's riotous, colorful Africa is the perfect complement to Henderson's fevered mind; wild, primitive, mystical. I think this is a book to be reread at some point, with more to be learned in the process. At some point, that is, after the 493 books that are in line ahead of it. :-)
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