The Bellarosa Connection

The Bellarosa Connection

Saul Bellow / Jan 17, 2020

The Bellarosa Connection A powerfully compressed exploration of the meaning of memory The Bellarosa Connection is a masterful novella from a writer whose new work of fiction is further testament to his acclaimed gifts in cre

  • Title: The Bellarosa Connection
  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • ISBN: 9780140126860
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • A powerfully compressed exploration of the meaning of memory, The Bellarosa Connection is a masterful novella from a writer whose new work of fiction is further testament to his acclaimed gifts in creativity.

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      • Saul Bellow

        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.


    1. The pages of calendars crumble away. They're like the dandruff of time.I stumbled upon this novella at a book sale, thinking, "oh, I've been meaning to read Saul Bellow", so I picked it up. It's probably a bit of a random way to be introduced to this award winning, Montreal-born author, who is better known for Herzog and The Adventures of Augie March, among others. This is a lesser known novella (his 15th book) that swirls around the story of Harry Fonstein, a European Jew who is saved from bein [...]

    2. I read a lot of Saul Bellow’s novels in my twenties. I can’t remember how I realised that he was not only a good writer but a literary one, an intellectual. I read Henderson the Rain King, The Adventures of Augie March, The Dean’s December, Mr Sammler’s Planet and Seize the Day (of which last, see below). I seem to have retained only fragments of those books, like the memory of the character in Mr Sammler’s Planet who smells all the time of excrement because of - typical Bellow phrase [...]

    3. Ultimately, this book is a bit of a letdown; there is no real growth in the narrator. He remains merely a spouter of wry observational comments of the world around him. Perhaps his failure is the point. Despite his prodigious memory, he is the superficial character that his own father perceived him to be. He can recall facts, but does not understand their import. Because he does not have any internalized identity, once his memory starts to go, his very existence has started to go. This is also r [...]

    4. "Riflettere non accomoda niente. Nessuna idea è più di una immaginaria potenzialità, una nuvola a fungo (che nulla distrugge, nulla crea) la quale si leva dall'accecante consapevolezza." (p. 43)

    5. Having heard so much about Saul Bellow, my first encounter with this person's writings was The Bellarossa Connection. Perhaps because I had such high expectations, however, this novella did not seem to match those I had been holding. Perhaps I should have started out with a book like Herzog after all. Not to say it's not a bad story. Bellow has his unique way of crafting his words, where he will use a fully fledged sentence, then one with four words, then a few semi-colons if necessary. It's not [...]

    6. The novella is best-suited for one slow sitting, a break, then a second reading. Although brief, the unnamed narrator leads you through an energized conversation on memory, its burdens, and the question of how to escape from them while being (somewhat obsessively here), attached. At times, certain readers might find the stream-of-conscious prose tiring in that syntax can waver. Episodes of thought lead to places that can seem unintentional or silly. But the novella does hold an interesting claim [...]

    7. Bellow poses a good deal of philosophical and existential questions, particularly about the lives of American Jews, in this 100 page novella, but nothing comes to a satisfying conclusion here. The Bellarosa Connection kept me hooked for the hour and a half it took to read, but at the end it felt much like taking the time to hear out a long story by someone, just wanting them to get to the point, and ultimately finding that the point of the story didn't justify the length. These are important que [...]

    8. "The Bellarosa Connection" is a witty novella of an old man's lament upon a lifetime and a relationship with an enigmatic couple which passed him by. Focusing on the elusive Jewish identity through the Holocaust, a survivor's phantom rescue and emigration, and the race's greatest threat yet: Americanization. I really liked this one, there was something about it that struck me as very Vonnegutian in style and dry 'gallows' type humor. Also entertaining for the quirky characters.

    9. This was a magnificent little story about the importance of disclosure, to complete the story. Saul Bellow is a great read, witty and bright. Above all he had a good deal of insight into character. This book isn't big, but there's a lot of wisdom to be found in.

    10. If you like Saul Bellow's book, you should like this one, the quirky characters, a nostalgic look back at life. It is a short novella, a quick read, but worth it.

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