Herzog by Saul Bellow

About the book

Is Moses Herzog losing his mind? His formidable wife Madeleine has left him for his best friend, and Herzog is left alone with his whirling thoughts – yet he still sees himself as a survivor, raging against private disasters and the myriad catastrophes of the modern age. In a crumbling house which he shares with rats, his head buzzing with ideas, he writes frantic, unsent letters to friends and enemies, colleagues and famous people, the living and the dead, revealing the spectacular workings of his labyrinthine mind and the innermost secrets of his troubled heart.

Reviewed by Hartley Readers Reading Group:

7 out of 8 concluded – having struggled through the difficult first half – that the book was interesting, if not thoroughly enjoyable. The minority view called it ‘self indulgent’.

Star rating: ***

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