Henderson the Rain King

Henderson the Rain King Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle aged American millionaire who seeking a new rewarding life descends upon an Afri

  • Title: Henderson the Rain King
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780380008322
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe Henderson s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe but it is his gift for making rain that turnsBellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe Henderson s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah A hilarious, often ribald story, Henderson the Rain King is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

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    1. Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago He attended the University of Chicago, received his Bachelor s degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.Mr Bellow s first novel, Dangling Man, was published in 1944, and his second, The Victim, in 1947 In 1948 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent two years in Paris and traveling in Europe, where he began The Adventures of Augie March,, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1954 Later books include Seize The Day 1956 , Henderson The Rain King 1959 , Herzog 1964 , Mosby s Memoirs and Other Stories 1968 , and Mr Sammler s Planet 1970 Humboldt s Gift 1975 , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Both Herzog and Mr Sammler s Planet were awarded the National Book Award for fiction Mr Bellow s first non fiction work, To Jerusalem and Back A Personal Account, published on October 25,1976, is his personal and literary record of his sojourn in Israel during several months in 1975.In 1965 Mr Bellow was awarded the International Literary Prize for Herzog, becoming the first American to receive the prize In January 1968 the Republic of France awarded him the Croix de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, the highest literary distinction awarded by that nation to non citizens, and in March 1968 he received the B nai B rith Jewish Heritage Award for excellence in Jewish literature , and in November 1976 he was awarded the America s Democratic Legacy Award of the Anti Defamation League of B nai B rith, the first time this award was made to a literary personage.A playwright as well as a novelist, Saul Bellow was the author of The Last Analysis and of three short plays, collectively entitled Under the Weather, which were produced on Broadway in 1966 He contributed fiction to Partisan Review, Playboy, Harper s Bazaar, The New Yorker, Esquire, and to literary quarterlies His criticism appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Horizon, Encounter, The New Republic, The New Leader, and elsewhere During the 1967 Arab lsraeli conflict, he served as a war correspondent for Newsday He taught at Bard College, Princeton University, and the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

    2. Although I enjoyed the book, I have trouble improving on this brief summary from onestarbookreviews:A rich old man goes to Africa to find himself, only to get tangled up in one huge, extended metaphor with a lion.

    3. 464. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005)تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم ماه آگوست سال 1984 میلادیعنوان: سلطان باران؛ اثر: سال بیلو (بلو)؛ مترجم: عباس کرمی فر؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، اردیبهشت، 1363، در 480 ص، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 مداستان مردی بداخلاق است؛ همین یادم مانه است، نوشته ه [...]

    4. There is a thriving trade in self-help books which have always baffled me. I could never relate to another person telling meLook, these are the steps you need to take to better your life & if you don't take them you are done for !Well, no book will be so absolute in saying so but underlying all the sugarcoating there is this message loud & clear in most books of this genre. Then however comes the matter of literature where a clever author without even giving you the faintest clue ties a [...]

    5. This is my first Saul Bellow book and while I didn't hate it, I didn't love it either. I get that Henderson was on a spiritual journey to find the answers to his life's questions, and that the reader can pluck a few jewels of inspiration from Bellow's examples throughout the novel, but I've experienced that in many other novels that I enjoyed much more than this one. I think the problem I had was with Henderson's personality. He reminded me of a few people that I have known, one in particular, w [...]

    6. If you can endure the narcissistic, misogynistic narrator-protagonist, if you can pretend to believe that every woman he meets wants to jump his bones, every guy wants to become his pal and no one anywhere wants to slap him silly, if you can abide the phony African setting, if you can shrug off the plot contrivances and force yourself to care about yet another privileged male’s midlife crisis, if you can avoid rolling your eyes out of socket at the “humorous” mishaps caused by the Rabelais [...]

    7. This novel is staggering. It is the story, which we have heard so many times, of a bellicose foreigner who goes to Africa in order to find himself. But something is amiss. This isn't just some person who has lost their way a little bit, but someone that while good intentioned at times is a drunkard and a lout, selfish and violent; while he wants to be a good person, he simply isn't. Then he decides to ditch the tourist Africa and find the true heart of it in order to understand and heal himself, [...]

    8. Strepitoso Bellow. Con questo romanzo la mia mente è volata su su oltre le nuvole, compiendo le stesse piroette fanciullesche che orgiasticamente facevo quando divoravo Zanna bianca. E contemporaneamente è andata giù giù, dentro gli abissi chiaroscuri del mio io, lasciandomi una melanconia sottile.

    9. read more saul bellow. philip roth does. i hate the word romp. so let's say this book is all about personal exploration. henderson is opinionated, an american bull. he's in africa. he's being ugly and how you'd expect him to be. but he's the only one giving revelations and you couldn't imagine it any other way. he's like a teddy roosevelt mid life crisis tour guide. henderson's a brute with color. it's a search for the meaning of life with your dickhead uncle who owns a brand new chrysler. the w [...]

    10. This has to be one of the most overrated and boring books I have ever attempted to read. I made it half way, but would have only finished if someone had a gun to my head.

    11. i loved, loved, loved this book. this is the book that adam duritz from the counting crows named the song "the rain king" afteri've meant to read it for years and years and just now got around to it. i plan on buying a copy and picking it up once a year or so. it's just really so enjoyable and really beautiful. favorite excerpts:"I had a voice that said I want! I want? I? It should have told me SHE wants, HE wants, THEY want. And moreover, it's love that makes reality reality. The opposite makes [...]

    12. I belong in the service of the Queen I belong anywhere but in between She's been crying, I've been thinking And I am the rain king -Counting CrowsJust a great novel from a top American writer. Quite funny also.

    13. Huh — so, the plot of this book, I say to myself, having chosen it at random from Peter Boxall's 1001 Books list, is a rich white guy goes to Africa to learn the meaning of life from the noble savages. Oh, I can see that this will turn out well.Saul Bellow is one of those Big Literary Dudes I've never read, but by reputation I was expecting him to be kind of like Philip Roth or J.M. Coetzee (who I did not love) — lots of manly wangsting to the tune of Fond Memories of Vagina.Okay, let me dia [...]

    14. This is bawdy, spontaneous, poetic writing. Eugene Henderson, an overblown, twice-married, millionaire pig farmer and violin player is having an existential crisis.I want, I want, I want, I want, I want!This is the geshrei that drives fifty-five-year-old Henderson into and through a spiritual quest in Africa. He doesn’t know what he wants, just that “everybody is working, making, digging, bulldozing, trucking, loading, and so on . . .” until it is a form of madness. (I think he would be ri [...]

    15. I am a steady admirer of Saul Bellow and this since I read, some thirty years ago, “Humboldt’s Gift”. And I was thinking, while reading “Henderson, the Rain King” how important (although irrelevant) is the first reading of an author. For if I had read this book first, I doubt I have ever tried another. Not because it is bad, but because it didn’t say much to me. As a complex parody it was sometimes boring instead of funny, even though I quite liked the idea of an anti superhero (I do [...]

    16. Dice tu vuoi vivere, Grun-tu-molani. L’uomo vuole vivere.In queste calde giornate di luglio, l’idea della fuga ritorna nella mia mente come un mantra. Ci sarà un altrove?Un luogo diverso non solo nella lingua, nei costumi e nell’architettura, ma nelle persone e nei valori di cui sono portatori. Fatico sempre di più ad incastrarmi nel modus vivendi di chi mi circonda e la letteratura resta uno dei pochi luoghi inviolati in cui riesco a respirare. Penso ad Enrico Baj perché nel saggio Eco [...]

    17. Eis um livro surpreendente. Não era o que eu esperava que fosse antes de começá-lo nem tampouco o que passei a esperar que fosse depois que iniciei a leitura. É sem dúvida uma obra-prima. Saul Bellow consegue obter uma mescla perfeita de ação e reflexão, de trama e devaneio. Os pensamentos dos personagens já dariam um grande livro, mas a estes ainda se somam suas peripécias e as reviravoltas da trama. Impressionante, carismático, divertido e profundo. A tradução portuguesa, da Livro [...]

    18. an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness. But the pursuitof sanity can be a form of madness, too.This book is filled with little gems like these. This is, by far, my favorite Bellow. He plots out the self-exploration of a millionaire with wit and humor, a look at what it is to love and be loved, and most importantly, the difference between what it means to be and become.We are all looking for the truth, but in that search do we become slaves to our own falseho [...]

    19. Now I have already mentioned that there was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it got even stronger. It said only one thing, I want, I want! And I would ask, 'What do you want?' But this was all it would ever tell me.I've never been to Africa. I'd love to though - if anyone wants to float me a one-way ticket to Ouagadougou, maybe a layover in Zürich to pick up some luxury essentials, I'd [...]

    20. I imagine that chick from Eat Pray Love owes a lot to this book. Some rich and successful but oh-so-depressed dillhole decides to go to Africa because, you know, foreign countries have ALL the answers because they're SO mysterious!I don't even feel like explaining. Henderson is a grade A asshole, even when he starts to "become" or whatever the fuck that means. I didn't care about him. I didn't care whether he "became" and I didn't care whether that baby tiger he takes home with him on the plane [...]

    21. So far I've only read this and Dangling Man, but I'm convinced that Saul Bellow is the most overrated American author of the 20th century. I will say this for it: the main character is complete, and very real-seeming. I almost feel like I've met him.But that is just about the only good thing I can say about this book, apart from a few bits of all-right prose. It reads like I assume Eat, Pray, Love would, were I to actually read THAT: imperfect white person goes to a third world country in search [...]

    22. This is just a crazy book about a man, Henderson, traveling to Africa and trying to help out some native tribes. One tribe he succeeds in destroying their only water hole. The next tribe tries to make him their next king because he participates in some native dance which causes rain.Really, my review here cannot do it justice. I will write more later. Bellow's inimitable style is fast and fluid. His main characters, like Henderson, are full of energy as are his stories.As is true for most of Bel [...]

    23. Literature has no shortage of male protagonists suffering existential crises and somehow or other trying to find meaning in their lives. But Eugene Henderson, the unfulfilled scorned son of a wealthy father (who still left him plenty of money) is a seeker with a difference. He is a world-class fu**-up and he ups the ante on bad decisions after he decides to seek meaning in Africa. The book is hysterically funny in a Saul Bellow sort of way (which means if you’re not into Bellow-style introspec [...]

    24. Grāmata, ko lasīju GR grupas rosināta, bet ņēmu rokās ar lielu skepsi, jo visur tiek uzsvērta saikne ar Hemingveju, bet ar šo klasiķi man ir ļoti saspringtas attiecības. Otrkārt, es pa gabalu turos no grāmatām, kurās jaušami paēdušu rietumnieku garīguma meklējumi Indijā un citos tālos pasaules nostūros. BET galu galā man grāmata pat ļoti patika. Jo, ja vien es pareizi sapratu, Belovs pamanās no vienas puses izdarīt reveransu dižā EH virzienā, bet tajā pašā laik [...]

    25. This is the fifth Saul Bellow novel I have read. I started with his first, The Dangling Man (1944) and moved along. I don't know that he is currently read much (and I don't know why), but I just love his novels. I would think that an author who won three National Book Awards, a Pulitzer, and the Nobel Prize should be an American treasure.Henderson is a character who could only have been created by Bellow. Larger than life, literally and figuratively, socially embarrassing, personally challenged [...]

    26. Non è stato facile leggere questo libro: un po' perché lo stile di Bellow è a tratti ripetitivo e prolisso e anche perché dovevo abituarmi al suo stile.Il protagonista di questo romanzo è Eugene Henderson, un uomo di 55 anni minato nel corpo, in quanto reduce di guerra e nell'anima, a causa dei suoi due matrimoni fallimentari. Eugene, decide a un certo punto della sua vita, stanco della ricchezza che possiede, di partire per l'Africa.L'Africa che visita e che il lettore scopre con i suoi oc [...]

    27. This was a struggle for me but I enjoyed it. I was not offended by the stereotypical depiction of Africa nor the bumbling, blustering, outrageous (self-described) Henderson but I don't know if I got much out of it except the fabulous word play and the idea of the spiritual hunger which ran through the book. The famous line "I want, I want, I want" is one that certainly all have experienced. It was perhaps the juxtaposition of crude humor and lofty philosophical thoughts that left me a bit baffle [...]

    28. Henderson The Rain King certainly provides food for thought. Eugene Henderson's macho character was modeled after another famous E. H. This E. H. was a boozer, went to Africa and carried his macho weight around like a club as does Eugene Henderson, and at times, wanted to blow his brains out. As many people of the day went off to Africa - however, notes Henderson, 'man goes into the external world, and all he can do with it is to shoot it?' Eugene just wants to set the record straight, with hims [...]

    29. Da dove partire? Ah, sì, partiamo con il dire che Saul Bellow è uno di quegli autori che piacciono a me, uno di quegli americani che hanno aperto, spesso inconsapevolmente, le porte al postmodernismo, un po’ come John Barth o Philip Roth o DeLillo, gente che un giorno, subito dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, si è messa alla propria scrivania e ha iniziato a buttar giù storie che ritraessero i propri contemporanei, spesso da un punto di vista imparziale, a tratti volutamente cinico e/o umor [...]

    30. For those who want to get into the work of Saul Bellow, this is perhaps one of his most accessible novels. It's about a rich and eccentric man who travels to Africa and encounters a tribal chief who own lions. The tribal chief is brilliant and teaches Henderson some valuable lessons. The encounters with the lion were real and vivid and moving. Henderson is vintage Bellow and is relatively easy to read: it has less of a scholarly bent than several of Bellow's other novels like Ravelstein, Herzog [...]

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