Ainoa oikea

Ainoa oikea

Saul Bellow Kristiina Rikman / Oct 16, 2019

Ainoa oikea Harry Trellman ei kuulu mihink n ei chicagolaiseen orpokotiin johon h nen itins h net toimittaa ei lukioon liian v lkky eik edes kaduille Ihmissuhteita Kyll niit on mutta ne ovat niin kuin kaikki

  • Title: Ainoa oikea
  • Author: Saul Bellow Kristiina Rikman
  • ISBN: 9513110796
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Harry Trellman ei kuulu mihink n, ei chicagolaiseen orpokotiin johon h nen itins h net toimittaa, ei lukioon liian v lkky eik edes kaduille Ihmissuhteita Kyll , niit on mutta ne ovat niin kuin kaikki muukin h nen el m ss n poikkeuksellisia ja ep tavallisia.Harry on kuitenkin aina ollut tarkka huomioitsija, kuuntelija, tallentaja ja tulkitsija, ja kaikella t ll Harry Trellman ei kuulu mihink n, ei chicagolaiseen orpokotiin johon h nen itins h net toimittaa, ei lukioon liian v lkky eik edes kaduille Ihmissuhteita Kyll , niit on mutta ne ovat niin kuin kaikki muukin h nen el m ss n poikkeuksellisia ja ep tavallisia.Harry on kuitenkin aina ollut tarkka huomioitsija, kuuntelija, tallentaja ja tulkitsija, ja kaikella t ll on k ytt chicagolaiselle miljard rille Sigmund Adletskylle, joka palkkaa Harryn aitotrustiinsa Vanha mies on niin ovela, ett h n aavistaa Harryn naamion taa k tkeytyv t salaisuudet ja saattaa h net yhteen sen ihmisen kanssa, jota Harry on rakastanut sanattomasti nelj nkymmenen vuoden ajan.

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      • Saul Bellow Kristiina Rikman

        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.


    464 Comments

    1. "I stood back from myself and looked into Amy's face. No one else on all this earth had such features. This was the most amazing thing in the life of the world." [p. 104]I think what makes this book great is not that it is a love story or the story of two lives that come to accept each other, but rather that this acceptance is a spiritual one and therefore eminently REAL. Harry and Amy are always present to one another, always mutually actual. The other people who they meet in their lives, eve [...]


    2. What is that cliche about "a marvel of economy"? Well, this is that. He manages to tell a strange and funny tale about life-long love and crotchety billionaires and philandering ex-husbands who need their coffins moved (just to be a dick, really), and how it's never really too late in about 77 pages. I'd been meaning to check out more Saul Bellow, and this was a low-commitment option for doing that. Time for The Adventures of Augie March, clearly. "Very sexy men frequently were stupid, and share [...]


    3. In many ways, the novella The Actual seems uncharacteristic of Bellow's work. The narrator Harry Trellman seems too hinged, much less neurotic and unbalanced than Eugene Henderson or Von Humboldt Fleisher, too decidedly sane. Yet it's a tribute to Bellow's genius that, even so late in his career, he resisted imitating himself. The colloquialism and extremity typical of his narration is missing here. Though Trellman's muted voice may cause some readers to wonder whether there's a story at all, Be [...]


    4. Harry Trellman is a man who just doesn’t belong. Raised in an orphanage (despite having two living parents), and possessed with an impassive face, he lives on the edge of society. Yes, he’s successful in business and has many acquaintances, but he doesn’t really connect with anyone, maintaining an observer’s distance. And he IS a keen observer. It is this skill that leads multibillionaire Sigmund Adletsky to hire Harry; and it is through Sig that he is thrown together with his first love [...]


    5. Ok, I tried. This novella is only about 100 pages long, but I got 10 pages in and I'm just not in any way interested. He's not Chinese, but he sort of looks like he's Chinese, so he goes to China for five years, but returns to Chicago to be near a woman he hasn't seen in 15 years because he's never been able to stop thinking about her, but then he's told he looks like he's Japanese, and gosh that's true! so he cuts his hair to look more Japanese, and he goes to a dinner party with rich people, t [...]


    6. A marvelously sparse, unsentimental love story about two childhood sweethearts who have missed the opportunity to love each other and somehow discover it at a funeral, courtesy of the intervention of an observant millionaire friend.The characters did not resonate with me fully as they were too reserved, but the author nevertheless communicates the latent passion between this aging set of lovers quite well.As the preface by Joseph O'Neil suggests, this "hardboiled" work resembles the writing of S [...]


    7. Not the best Bellow but good enough to encourage me to read his other novels which have been on my shelves for about 50 years.


    8. I picked this up to get a quick taste of what one of the more famous Saul Bellow novels might be like after his work came up briefly in Purity by Jonathan Franzen. As a Nobel Prize winner its hardly necessary for me to point out he sure knows how to string a sentence together. There is a not lot going on in this short novella which touches on the life of a middle aged 'oriental' (you will read this word a lot - quite jarring considering it is redundant today) antique dealer, his high school swee [...]


    9. not big enough to work as a movie, bellow writes what amounts to a good play, as most of the book is a series of quoted exchanges between characters, filtered with just enough white noise to move the story along. as an issue of death and life, how one is within and without that, an awkwardness of love taken to task, all with would be business ventures of a just released woman inmate heiress gold digger considered as the main character is smitten intermittadly by a multibillionaire pouring a regu [...]


    10. What was this book even about??? The "narrator" kept jumping around with what he was talking about, quite a few times I had no idea who was speaking, and what was the point of all the billionaires? They had absolutely nothing to do with the story! It took 104 pages of confusing and pointless narrative for the guy to tell the girl (after 40 years of knowing her, no less) that he wanted to be with her. This might have been one of the most anti-climactic love stories I have ever read. The secondary [...]


    11. Saul Bellow, how could you take such a wonderfully intriguing premise like lost and found first love and manage to make it boring? Oh, I know, add a bunch of rich, despicable, shallow, and banal characters and stir. This confirms for me once more that people who play golf do not make interesting characters in fiction. At one point, these people who have been in love for 40 years but never married have the opportunity to get together for drinks and guess what they talk about? Ottomans and wing ch [...]


    12. Un racconto lungo, più che un romanzo, in cui il lettore è accompagnato a seguire il protagonista Harry nel suo percorso di rielaborazione dei sentimenti per Amy, sentimenti soffocati e sepolti per quaranta anni, una intera vita in cui nel suo cuore Amy ha dimorato come una regina. Bellow racconta benissimo, con ironia e giusto uno spruzzo di romanticismo, sentimenti umani, amore, gelosia, ma anche morte, sesso, vita. Sembra impossibile come l'autore riesca abilmente, in così poche pagine, a [...]


    13. De toeschouwerSaul Bellow schreef het werk 'De toeschouwer' toen hij in de tachtig was en de Nobelprijs al lang had gewonnen. Het is dan ook een rijp werk, waarin de hoofdpersoon Harry Trellman wel wat kenmerken van Bellow zelf heeft. Hij is een toeschouwer, maar ook iemand die tot een goede interpretatie kan komen. De gepensioneerde zakenman Sigmund Adletsky neemt hem dan ook op in zijn persoonlijke denktank. Ze bespreken allerlei dagelijkse zaken en door Sigmund komt hij ook weer in contact me [...]


    14. This is not the best work of Saul Bellow out there, but it holds all the usual Bellow “ingredients” that make his novels such a good read. This means primarily excellent prose and writing and the revisited theme of the struggle of man in Modern society. “The Actual” is also a good place to start reading Bellow’s works chiefly because it is not as dense as his other works. It will still leave you with a taste for his writing.


    15. I love the beautiful way in which Bellow writes, but I struggled with this. It just did nothing for me and I couldn't concentrate on it for more than about 10 minutes at a time. I don't know what was missing. Or what I was missing.Maybe an author to come back to another time.


    16. Excerpt:"Love objects," as psychiatry has named them, are not frequently come by or easily set aside. "Distance" is really a formality. The mind takes no real notice of it.---ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT HE USED THE WORD MIND INSTEAD OF HEART.


    17. No hay ni una pizca de pasión por ninguna de sus páginas y se supone que es una historia de amor. Simple y aburrida, sin fuerza. Impropia un de Nobel.


    18. There is a cool scene in here where two people who want to lay-down kiss each other are drinking tea with a room of people. One of the other people spills the tea on the girl who wants to lay-down kiss & there's a real cool interjection that kind of works like a cut-scene from The Office.(page 50)(after spilling the tea)"How dumb of me. I should have put in my contacts.""Contacts!" said Amy later, describing the moment. "I could have put both her eyes out then and there""If there's any Ungen [...]


    19. This was a surprisingly simple yet engaging little novel. The story line has not much to offer other than mostly flashbacks, but the characters are so interesting to pardon that off. The narrator, the most interesting of the lot, had this way of saying things that make you smile, giggle in delight, and marvel all at the same time. His words were fresh, original, nuanced. Razor-sharp. Sometimes he can be a little snotty and self-righteous, though. But all the same he's a wonderful character.


    20. "I stood back from myself and looked. " that's the most wonderful thing love ,thereby life, can allow you to do. My first Saul Bellow read was as mysteriously picked out for me as most books I have so far read. marriages, relationships, love, money, basics or to quote, the Actual stuff of life all so powerfully portrayed albeit it's depth the philosophy of being remains subordinate to the plot firmness . highly recommended


    21. Read this for my first bookclub and found it dull and difficult to engage with -- it's not pretentious, it's just dry, dry and slow despite being only 103 pages. I still don't get what Bellow's intentions are here, it lazily gets labeled a love story but it's so passionless and the female character so vague, I have to think there's something else he wanted to convey, but I don't care what it its.


    22. Беллоу ли это или восьмидесятилетний старик (растерянность как и в случае с поздним Аксеновым), недосягаемая (и потому малопонятная) высота или бубнёж талантливого человека. Как говорит Венедиктов, "будем наблюдать, имеются две другие его книжечки.


    23. Quite a good little short story, more so about experience than a defining, powerful narrative. An interesting main character who, despite his renowned ability to see things in others, cannot see the things he needs to within himself.






    24. Interesting novella about lost love, idle rich, and life in Chicago. The characters had so much potential yet seemed underdeveloped.


    25. I read very little fiction. There, I've said it.Don't misunderstand. I consume plenty of fiction; but most of it comes from screens -- films, cable television, and other electronics. Almost all of what I read is non-fiction, or what passes for non-fiction. So it was a rare personal event for me to sit down with a novel -- a novella, actually -- by Saul Bellow, titled "The Actual." [By the way, when did NYT and other reputable information utilities stop italicizing or underlining book titles and [...]


    26. "The Actual" is the story of Harry Trellman, a man who has never felt quite right about where he is in life. Never having found any place where he belongs, and never having made an effort to win the love of his life, he reaches a turning point only very late in life. An aging billionaire, Sigmund Adletsky, hires Harry for his "brain," as Harry has an excellent memory and seems to have an odd talent for remembering and knowing everything. His high-school sweetheart, Amy, is also re-emerging in hi [...]


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