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Herzog by Saul Bellow
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Oct 07, 08

Read in October, 2008

It's nice when you read something that pretty much can take place at any time without losing its strength. 1900, 1960, 2000 whatever. I worried about sanity and insanity and death and life but now I feel pretty much okay with where I've landed and this book had something to do with that, too. Even though I'm not fiction, male, in my 40's, twice divorced, or a Jew.
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Saul Bellow
“I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed. And then? I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed. And what next? I get laid, I take a short holiday, but very soon after I fall upon those same thorns with gratification in pain, or suffering in joy - who knows what the mixture is! What good, what lasting good is there in me? Is there nothing else between birth and death but what I can get out of this perversity - only a favorable balance of disorderly emotions? No freedom? Only impulses? And what about all the good I have in my heart - does it mean anything? Is it simply a joke? A false hope that makes a man feel the illusion of worth? And so he goes on with his struggles. But this good is no phony. I know it isn't. I swear it.”
Saul Bellow, Herzog


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