Mr. Sammler's Planet

Mr. Sammler's Planet

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Mr. Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a aregistrar of madness,a a refined and civilized being caught among people crazy with the promises of the future (moon landings, endless possibilities). His Cyclopean gaze reflects on the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul. aSorry for all and sore at heart,a he observes how greater luxury and leisure have only led to more human suffering. To Mr. Sammlerawho by the end of this ferociously unsentimental novel has found the compassionate consciousness necessary to bridge the gap between himself and his fellow beingsaa good life is one in which a person does what is arequired of him.a To know and to meet the aterms of the contracta was as true a life as one could live. At its heart, this novel is quintessential Bellow: moral, urbane, sublimely humane.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 1996, c1970
ISBN: 9780140189360
014018936X
Branch Call Number: FIC/BEL 4565 1
Alternative Title: Mister Sammler's planet

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Jul 29, 2017

Filled with description and judgement upon modern urban life (circa 1970), and aphoristic passages and wise insights; not much happens; much of the plot is comical; its also prescient:
"... future would bring excess, pornography, sexual abnormality." (pg. 58). The heart of the novel is the long conversation in chapter five.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 11, 2010

1971 National Book Award - Fiction

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