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Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir by Greg Bellow (review)

Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir by Greg Bellow (review) Saul Bellow'S Heart: a Son'S MeMoir GreG Bellow New York: BloomsBurY, 2013. $26. 228pp. Greg Bellow's memoir of his famous father is a tender, insightful, and scrupulously honest portrait of an artist whose works were read by many but whose private life was known only to a few. Negotiating the terrain that lay between Saul Bellow the Nobel laureate in literature and Saul Bellow "my father, the man," the son has painted a verbal portrait of the complex, and very human, author and the intricacies of his familial relations. The result is a bifurcated image of his father. On the one hand, there is what Greg terms the "young Saul": a Trotskyite enthralled with and loyal to the Partisan Review crowd, a politically liberal Jew, seemingly indifferent to his Jewish identity, and completely devoted to his writing career. Yet, the father was emotionally available to his firstborn and had a keen sense of humor. This was the father Greg had as a child. On the other hand, there is the "Old Saul," increasingly conservative in the political sphere, increasingly patriarchal, and willingly embracing his Jewish identity. This is the father Greg's two brothers Adam and Daniel experienced, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir by Greg Bellow (review)

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Saul Bellow'S Heart: a Son'S MeMoir GreG Bellow New York: BloomsBurY, 2013. $26. 228pp. Greg Bellow's memoir of his famous father is a tender, insightful, and scrupulously honest portrait of an artist whose works were read by many but whose private life was known only to a few. Negotiating the terrain that lay between Saul Bellow the Nobel laureate in literature and Saul Bellow "my father, the man," the son has painted a verbal portrait of the complex, and very human, author and the intricacies of his familial relations. The result is a bifurcated image of his father. On the one hand, there is what Greg terms the "young Saul": a Trotskyite enthralled with and loyal to the Partisan Review crowd, a politically liberal Jew, seemingly indifferent to his Jewish identity, and completely devoted to his writing career. Yet, the father was emotionally available to his firstborn and had a keen sense of humor. This was the father Greg had as a child. On the other hand, there is the "Old Saul," increasingly conservative in the political sphere, increasingly patriarchal, and willingly embracing his Jewish identity. This is the father Greg's two brothers Adam and Daniel experienced, and

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Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Aug 27, 2014

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