|Plot Summary of The Adventures of Augie March|
|"Saul Bellow writing is very poetic and beautifully scripted – it's not straightforward to read, but then again since Bellow is examining the purposes of our lives, I wouldn't expect the novel and writing style to oversimplify our predicament. Augie is a poor Jewish boy growing up in Chicago – “that somber city” – in a broken home with his dictatorial Grandmother, abandoned mother, and two diametrically opposed brothers (Simon and George.) He finds his brother Simon obsessed with material facts and riches that he cannot possess. Whereas Augie maintains a carefree life experimenting and dabbling with various encounters with different people and places in Chicago, Mexico, and Europe – never quite satisfied or convinced of the importance of each situation. Augie resists the Machiavellian pursuits of his older brother Simon, and is willing to live as a pauper, and as a result, not be controlled by money, wives, children, and especially responsibilities.
Augie's plight is like any other introspective journey. What is my purpose? Why am I here? Bellow, I believe tries to not necessarily answer this question, but rather appreciates the quandary that many of us find ourselves in. "
David G. Phillips, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Adventures of Augie March|
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Time/era of story
- story of the poor
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
The Americas (not US):
Small town people:
- sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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