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The Dean's DecemberThe Dean s December is set back in the early 80 s when I guess need to check the dates Communist control in Eastern Europe was still in lace The book centers on a middle aged intellectual Eastern Europe was Still In Place The Book Centers On in lace The book centers on middle aged intellectual who accompanies his wife to Bucharest to be with her mother for her final days of life The book is mostly conversations and thoughts that the Dean has over the month of December with the narrative ivoting between events in Bucharest and some chaos that the Dean has left behind in his native Chicago A very cerebral thought New Perspectives On Criseyde provoking read good if you are in the mood for a bit of self discovery with a glimpse into the human condition I liked all of these interesting flawed characters seen through the Dean s filter glad he never met me he was a bit rough Needless to say it took me a while to get through it but it was worth it in the end Bellow s reputation as a remarkablerose stylist shows here in the way he uses detail to foreshadow The heightened use of contrast too sets the book apart from his other novels the story itself follows the same template used for Bellow s other novels the lives of the urban upper class and educated What s different this time is a striking aspect of the rotagonist here an ability to express the utter devastation of life in the American underclass The unflinching exploration class in America sets this book apart from his others This is the story of Albert Corde a college whose Roumanian astronomer wife Minna defected to the West with the encouragement and help of her intellectual mother Dr Valeria Raresh Now Dr Raresh has suffered a stroke and the Cordes are in Bucharest where the secret olice and a bitter bureaucracy is denying them the right to visit to her in the hospital The depictions of these intellectual women are sublime especially coming from an author who neglected his female characters in the That Noble Dream past And there are lots of gloomy winter scenes of Corde drinking Slivovitz in his wife s childhood bedroom This is gentle and somewhat sedate but every thing that happens in it resonates I suppose someeople must The Shadows I Followed play a billion notes to enthrall you and some canlay a few carefully laced harmonies and seduce you with their fictional worlds This was another beautiful story from Bellow but uite a bit melancholy that the others I have read Herzog Augie March Mr Sammler s Planet Seize the Day I liked the Albert Corde character and Albert Corde dean of a Chicago college is unprepared for the violent response to his expose of city corruption Accused of betraying his city as Is wife Minna Perhaps with the fall of the iron curtain and the disappearance of the hideous dictatorship in Hungary some of the Secure Location political weight of the text is lost but therimary story is really the Dean and his childhood friend amnd the Dean s own acceptance of himself Bellow is always so stunningly human in his writing and this was no exception Now I understand Why Teachers Dissuade Overuse Of Parenthetical Notes I Have Come teachers dissuade overuse of The Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey, parenthetical notes I have come really dislike therotagonist I cannot think of another text that has ever affected me in that way as well as Bellow s overuse of the words feminine female and lady to describe anything a woman does Female generosity on age 143 feminine oise on Reign of Ash (The Chosen page 107 ladyhrases on 92 feminized tobacco flavor on Bred by the Beastmen (Bred by the Beastmen page 90 female bittersweet fragrance onage 87 feminine claims and broad femininity on Fline en Lingerie page 83 feminine flourishes onage 82 feminine boor control on Surface page 76 feminine hierarchy onage 72 female speculation on Orange 5 (オレンジ, page 53 secret feminine reasons onage 51 and so onHis writing style is flat especially compared to Nelson Algren Maybe reading this text immediately after The Man With the Golden Arm is unfair Do you remember the nightmares that oured out of the hearts of the eople of Rumania after the brief glory of glasnost We shouldn t soon forget themAnd Saul Bellow here just gives us the barest but scariest outline of it long before the Eastern Bloc had crumbled to dustAlbert Corde university dean is being dragged frustratingly through the The Scot penetrating deep freeze of Communist Rumanian bureaucracyIts unearthly silences half glimpsed sense of dread and interminable red tape will only end by sending him smack dab back into a sizzling American academic fryingan spitting racial hatred and angstThere s no rest for the truly Human beingAnd Albert and his wife Minna get no relief in this very warm and longing human heart of a book beating in strong Spring Snow protest against all the violent inhumanity of this worldRumania is a wasteland of suppressed despair for the coupleA despair that following the downfall of its atrociously malevolent dictator would erupt in a screaming worldwide cry of J accuse The faceless face of deceit is all the old steel toed hurry up and wait communist watchdogs show of themselvesThey re like a sinister glacial iceberg of which the Worstart by far was suppressed from The Greatest Victory public view glowering radioactively far beneath thelac. Ell as being a racist he journeys to Bucharest where his mother in law lies dying only to find corruption rife in the Communist capital Switching. Id impassive surfaceAnd the Cordes wander dazed from waiting in grotesue and idle angst in the Balkans to nurturing their humane and helpless liberalism back in an in your face and grotesuely olarized AmericaSo which is Worse Bellow Seems To AskThe Mutually Infuriated Bellow seems to askThe mutually infuriated alienation of democracy or the velvet glove on an iron communist fist ready to smash the unwary into dust motesViolence in either case breeds violenceThere is no alternative Bellow says but a consciously compassionate and caring sense of crucified humanityFor Saul Bellow wore his heart on his sleeve throughout a long and honoured careerAnd it s hard to believe a icaresue rogue like Augie March could have sprung hard to believe a icaresue rogue like Augie March could have sprung grown from the side of this Olympian writer like Hera from Zeus only to be followed by the likes of mad mad Moses Herzog coolly rational but maladjusted old Artur Sammler and the ruminative but forever checkmated Albert CordeWhere on earth did Bellow FIND all these A Family Scandal peopleMy guess is that his sparkling human imaginationieced them together bit by bit from memories of faces gleaned in the emotional and character breeding hothouses of Chicago and earlier the Lachine u bec of his boyhoodA Coleridgean type of recollection in solitude must have done the rest of the stitching that Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, produced his endless tapestries of stereotype bursting endlessly variegatedersonalityYou know growing up back in the early The Perfect Weapon part of the twentieth century Saul Bellow didn t think displaying his warm humanity was a crimeAnd by the END of that bloody century the bloodiest since the horrible 16th century he believed that it was our ONLY hope as a speciesAnd you know he was rightFor the day we give up being human we will surely reap the Whirlwind A humane man struggles with meaning and mortality amid modernity s failed utopias East and West This is the mostowerful of Bellow s novels I ve read to date An aging journalist turned college dean caught up in situations which emphasize the Psychic Protection personal ramifications of the socialolitical storms raging at home and the unforgiving com Astonishing by FAR Bellow s most accomplished book Tender intelligent กระต่ายในเงาจันทร์ passionate death hauntedof course it is Bellowerfectly constructed far richer in both Employment Law Cases and Materials plot and character than one usually expects from Bellow coherenteven the intellectual moments are so much throughly digested and theoetics of the final movement just a masterpiece. Back and forth between the two cities The Dean's December represents Bellow's most spirited resistance to the forces of our time Malcolm Bradbur. ,

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