Saul Bellow {Kindle ePUB} The Dean's December

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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. The 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 place The book centers on a middle aged intellectual Dean 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 pivoting between events in Bucharest and some chaos that the Dean has left behind in his native Chicago A very cerebral thought 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 The Cursed Hole of the Shinoda Family pivoting between events in Bucharest and some chaos that the Dean has left behind in his native Chicago A very cerebral thought Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream 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

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The Dean's December

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. Bellow s reputation as a remarkable prose 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 protagonist here an ability to express the utter devastation of life in the American underclass The unflinching exploration of class in America sets this book apart from his others

characters The Dean's December

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 w. This is the story of Albert Corde a college dean 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 police 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 past And there are lots of gloomy winter scenes of Corde drinking Slivovitz in his wife s childhood bedroom


10 thoughts on “The Dean's December

  1. says:

    Do you remember the nightmares that poured out of the hearts of the people of Rumania after the brief glory of glasnost? We

  2. says:

    Astonishing by FAR Bellow's most accomplished book Tender intelligent passionate death hauntedof course it is Bellow perfectly constructed far

  3. says:

    This is the story of Albert Corde a college dean 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 police and a bitter bureaucracy is denying them the right to visit to her in the hospital The depictions of these intellectual women are sublime especia

  4. says:

    Now I understand why teachers dissuade overuse of parenthetical notes I have come to really dislike the protagonist 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 page 143 feminine poise on page 107 l

  5. says:

    This is the most powerful of Bellow's novels I've read to date An aging journalist turned college dean caught up in situations which emphasize the personal ramifications of the social political storms raging at home and the unforgiving communist bureaucracy of his wife's homeland of Rumania Haunted by hostile politically correct reactions to his recent freelance articles Albert Corde maintains a caring and m

  6. says:

    Bellow’s reputation as a remarkable prose 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 protagonist here an ability to express the utter devastation

  7. says:

    This was another beautiful story from Bellow but uite a bit melancholy that the others I have read Herzog Augie M

  8. says:

    A humane man struggles with meaning and mortality amid modernity’s failed utopias East and West

  9. says:

    The 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

  10. says:

    This is gentle and somewhat sedate but every thing that happens in it resonates I suppose some people must play a billion notes to

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