Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Beginning: The Dean's December by Saul Bellow

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Corde, who led the life of an executive in America – wasn't a college dean a kind of executive? – found himself six or seven thousand miles from his base, in Bucharest, in winter, shut up in an old-fashioned apartment.

-- The Dean's December by Saul Bellow, one of my very favorite authors. I enjoy Bellow more and more.  His dense, chewy prose takes time to get through, but that makes me feel like I am living the story along with the characters.

And, yes, I am reading this now because it has December in the title.


JC Jones said...

Not one of my favorites but I do agree on how he writes.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds tempting.

Anonymous said...

Intriguing opening. Happy reading! :)

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

This opening made me curious. Why was he in Bucharest in an old-fashioned apartment in winter? I haven't read any of Saul Bellow's books, but now I definitely will.

Vonnie R said...

I hope it's not a bad stay.

DogsMom said...

I have read Bellow's in the past and I knkow how it can take some concentration but is worth the read.

I like your choice of a seasonal title.

Anonymous said...

thanks, will look into this one!

Elizabeth said...

I don't know this author.

THANKS for sharing.

Enjoy your weekend.
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Central NJ JASNA said...

This week I chose the opening to Love and Friendship by Jane Austen.

I've never read Saul Bellow, but I know he's quite popular with the library patrons.

Tea norman said...

Haven't read Saul Bellow. I do like the beginning.

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