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E-Books Mr. Sammler's Planet "In those days I learned that nothing is more frightening than a hero who has lived to tell his story, to tell what all those who fell at his side will never be able to tell."Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the WindWhen I think of Mr. Sammler, do I see a hero or a villain or a victim or all at once? Does he see the world clearly or is he drowning? Is he realist or pessimist? Is he a man of yesterday, of today or of tomorrow? And does it really matter? When we start to realize that the world of today is only a fraction of a bigger reality that sweeps all that is good and leaves us only with memories of what it was and, what is even worse, of what might have been, do we remember to look back with a clear consciousness or do we persist in our determination to settle a score, to drive away the demons, to pretend that we are more or less than what we are? Mr. Sammler doesn’t live in the world of today, but does he belong to any world? Does he belong to himself? It is in our power to remember and to forget, it is in our power to hope and to let go, but it is not in our power to belong. With our ability to remember and to hope and to learn and to be afraid we belong to all ages and times and to none."And mankind had never lived without its possessing demons and had to have them back! Oh, what a wretched, itching, bleeding, needing, idiot, genius of a creature we were dealing with here! And how queerly it was playing with all the strange properties of existence, with all varieties of possibility, with antics of all types, with the soul of the world, with death. Humankind could not endure futurelessness."We are all nomads. We roam through time’s realms, restless and ever searching for more, but is there always more? Does the human spirit have its limits? And when it reaches those limits, is this a sign of contentment or resignation, loss of faith maybe? Mr. Sammler, like most of us, keeps the wheel turning, but has given up on the journey."But for himself, at his time of life and because he had come back from the other world, there were no rapid connections. His own first growth of affections had been consumed. His onetime human, onetime precious, life had been burnt away. More green growth rising from the burnt black would simply be natural persistency, the Life Force working, trying to start again." But does his mundane, day to day life strip him of grandeur or does it keep it in its place, unmovable, inexorable, very much like the cold within his tortured soul?A few may comprehend that it is the strength to do one's duty daily and promptly that makes saints and heroes.I asked once a person many years ago “Why do you always criticize me when I’m doing bad, but never praise me when I’m doing good?” I was told “Why should I praise you for something that is merely the way it should be?” I have always thought that if something is important enough to be chastised about it, when it’s not going right, then it is important enough to be given an encouragement when it is. Because doing the right thing, keeping it together, being strong and reliable isn’t something that happens on its own. It is a choice we make. A choice that deserves others’ support and our own faith. My friend Jeffrey told me about his family “We aren’t big with praise, but not hard with condemnations either” I think that’s valid for Mr. Sammler as well. He spares you the desert, but also spares you the broccoli. And maybe this is the reason for his status among those who care for him:Mr. Sammler had a symbolic character. He, personally, was a symbol. His friends and family had made him a judge and a priest.Some may see him as devoid of passion, of colour, of life, but amongst all the fear and frustration there is a glimmer of hope that sticks with him. Because when there is fear, there is also hope. If we are afraid, then we have something to lose. If we have something to lose, then we have something to hold on to. But is he as gentle with himself? He remembers clearly the man he was when he relished taking a human life, but what does he feel toward this man? It is not anger that leads him anymore, it is not a bloodlust, it is not even a desperation. Maybe not even hope. Despite the fact that he still has some of it, generally he is really beaten down. He has lost his will to live. Many would say that this makes him the ultimate pessimist. I would say that it makes him, in a way, the ultimate optimist. Because just like true saints and heroes are not just those who do miraculous and extraordinary deeds, but those who adhere to their duties stalwartly, the true optimist is not only the one who believes and hopes against all odds, but the one who has lost his happiness, his passion, his spark, his will to live, but goes on living anyway. Because he has to, because it is his life. The one who thinks about and cares about things and people despite having lost his faith in them, because they are his, because they are a part of him in very much the same way he is part of them. A man who doesn’t want to be part of the world, who doesn’t believe in it and its future, yet, he will not abandon it and he will not stop caring for it. In Grey’s Anatomy Meredith Grey’s therapist told her…Well, I cannot provide an exact quite, but the gist was basically this: “The goal of your sessions isn’t happiness. Life is scary, terrible things happen. It is hard to be happy. What you need to make sure of is that you won’t die because of them” Meredith herself said “If at the end of the day you are still able to stand on your feet, this is a reason enough to celebrate” This might be a too gloomy outlook, but I see a lot of sense in it and a lot of courage. I think everyone should hope for more than mere surviving and sanity, but I also think that we need to remember that happiness isn’t granted. It is there for us to look for it and hopefully find it. If we think that it should be there in order for us to go on, we may never find it. I will end this review with something I read in an interview a while ago. Life is not about avoiding suffering. It’s about creating meaning.Read count: 1. Mr. Sammler's Planet am Kindle An enduring testament and prophecy Chicago Sun Times Mr Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a registrar of madness, 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 d An enduring testament and prophecy Chicago Sun Times Mr Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a registrar of madness, 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 Sorry for all and sore at heart, he observes how greater luxury and leisure have only led to human suffering To Mr Sammler who by the end of this ferociously unsentimental novel has found the compassionate consciousness necessary to bridge the gap between himself and his fellow beings a good life is one in which a person does what is required of him To know and to meet the terms of the contract was as true a life as one could live At its heart, this novel is quintessential Bellow moral, urbane, sublimely humane This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Stanley Crouch.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.. 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.. A viral Kindle Mr. Sammler's Planet In another amazing and moving tour de force, Bellow explores themes of mortality and morality through a 48h period with his Shaoh survivor Mr Sammler. All the characters are carefully drawn from Sammler's perspective and the action of the novel forms a perfect circle. The philosophical ruminations are treasures as are the descriptions of Manhattan. And naturally, the descriptions of Lodz, etc are terrifying. The main thrust of the story - and an overriding theme in Bellow's works - is the strength of human character to cross seemingly impossible hurdles just for the desire to live and breath (and be in New York or Chicago one could be lead the think). I rank this up there with Augie March, Herzog, and Seize the Day as masterpieces of American literature. Another must.
Mr Sammler s Planet Mr Sammler s Planet Penguin Classics Mr Sammler s Planet, to the extent that it is about anything, fleshes out the post Holocaust relationships between Jewish folk in New York their mutual aid toward one another and the friendships forged by their unique and tragic recent history. Mr Sammler s Planet by Saul Bellow Saul Bellow s novel, Mr Sammler s Planet, is an improvisational sketch of a novel rich when Bellow is at his dazzling, extemporaneous best, and wandering when Bellow takes up Mr Sammler s thematic concern with modern life, i.e its irreconcilable contradictions from the perspective of a man who crawled out of a mass grave during the Holocaust and has spent the Mr Sammler s Planet Summary eNotes Mr Sammler s Planet explores the typical Bellovian conflict of accepting the world on its own terms while recognizing and adhering to higher spiritual values The planet of Mr Sammler

  1. 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.

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  1. In another amazing and moving tour de force, Bellow explores themes of mortality and morality through a 48h period with his Shaoh survivor Mr Sammler All the characters are carefully drawn from Sammler s perspective and the action of the novel forms a perfect circle The philosophical ruminations are treasures as are the descriptions of Manhattan And naturally, the descriptions of Lodz, etc are terrifying The main thrust of the story and an overriding theme in Bellow s works is the strength of hu [...]


  2. In those days I learned that nothing is frightening than a hero who has lived to tell his story, to tell what all those who fell at his side will never be able to tell Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the WindWhen I think of Mr Sammler, do I see a hero or a villain or a victim or all at once Does he see the world clearly or is he drowning Is he realist or pessimist Is he a man of yesterday, of today or of tomorrow And does it really matter When we start to realize that the world of today is onl [...]


  3. Sammler is an important book Stylistically, it is rich, inventive, original, flawed of course it is flawed , it is Bellow , full of heart, great lava flows of mood and motion Intellectually, it is original, often brilliant, insightful, reactionary, sad, tragic, revolutionary, hopeful it is Bellow a novelist of ideas, as I tried to describe it in my review of Herzog.But importantly, Sammler is important because it is Bellow coming into his own Augie is not Bellow It was written by somebody else [...]


  4. BkC6 Fun, fun, fun to read Not the story, mind, but the storytelling Have to take issue with myself here This isn t quite as fluffy as this one liner makes it sound.Rating 3.75 of fiveThe Book Report Mr Artur Sammler survived the Holocaust, but isn t sure he ll survive 1960s New York Once without food and without dignity and without hope, he looks on bemused as people with everything material the planet can supply wallow in misery and spiritual angst Sammler, an observer by nature, doesn t know [...]


  5. Libro stralunato, inquieto, a tratti lento l e n t o l e n t o ,un secondodopocorrearottadicollo verso il porto, verso la nave dei folli attraccata al molo che ci aspettaSi, lo sguardo sognante e spaesato e fiducioso di Sammler mi piace, nelle mie corde, uomo sempre in bilico, uomo inquieto, mai immobile, mai domo.


  6. Is it time for me to give up on Bellow So many people I respect love old Saul There s a Sufjan Stevens song with Saul Bellow in the title He s meant to be everything I like a stylist, an intellectual, a cultural critic unafraid to speak his mind And yet Plot spoiler alert, but really, the plot is beside the point at the heart of this over stuffed chair is a wonderful farce Sammler s daughter steals borrows a manuscript that Sammler has little use for the best bits of the book consist in his atte [...]


  7. a man finds himself buried amongst bodies during world war two he escapes and wanders back into life he as the narrator may still be buried, or tries to live life but as a man who remains buried in that pile of bodies bellows does a masterful job in portraying the narrator attempting to now live in a world that no longer has a god by conforming to his outdated customs, which have passed and been replaced by a new set foreign to him despite style and pace this is a searing novel of survival as ou [...]


  8. As the sun set upon the sixties there was a great belief in progress, an enthusiasm for the future and the potential of a humanity in the process of throwing off the chains of oppression and moral rigidity, of embracing individuality and the paramountcy of the self, encapsulated in the technological miracle of the imminent moon landing Yet even as this hope was spreading like a fever, crime, familial dissolution, and urban decay were settling upon the United States, an unwelcome layer of grime c [...]


  9. Non sono un assidua ascoltatrice di programmi televisivi Anzi la televisione la guardo pochissimo Qualche sera fa, era molto tardi, mi capitato casualmente di vedere la sigla di un telefilm che si intitola survivors , che, mi sembrato di capire da poche scene che ho guardato prima che il sonno mi vincesse, racconta di un gruppo di persone che sono sopravvissute a un virus che ha decimato la popolazione mondiale Ebbene, guardando la sigla di questo telefilm ho pensato a Bellow C erano tante perso [...]


  10. Mr Sammler s Planet is a stop action photograph of a century rushing by on full blast Not just any century this is the twentieth, the time when traditional society went by the boards The author aims his lens within New York City, so we might expect a pretty interesting still That s just what we see.Taken in 1969, this snapshot shows a world turned over in a generation We see madness and eccentricities, and it s not clear what they mean The book documents this change, but even so it attempts to [...]


  11. Eis uma obra prima Um livro para ler ainda muitas vezes Dentre as tantas, tantas coisas que eu teria a dizer, uma das mais marcantes ver um homem que escapou do holocausto que escapou do holocausto considerar se moralmente inferior a um outro, que viveu uma vida mais ou menos normal num pa s de primeiro mundo E convencer nos disso De que julgar uma vida humana quanto a seus m ritos soteriol gicos uma tarefa muito mais complexa do que pode parecer em certos casos N o importa o quanto se sofre, ma [...]


  12. This book vastly lowered my estimation of Saul Bellow, which was based primarily on the quality of the novella, Seize the Day Like Seize the Day, Mr Sammler s Planet certainly has compelling moments and ideas that testify to Bellow s deep imagination Yet, the novel also reveals Bellow s immense limitations due to his profoundly anti modern views, which are racist and politically retrograde What is most troubling about the novel is the racism, as well as the sexism, which characterizes black Amer [...]


  13. I just finished this yesterday So, with a very short perspective on this, I present my review With the scent of urine now back in full force in the Great Metropolis it having begun to fade during the Dinkins administration, virtually disappearing during Giuliani s tenure, and beginning to waft back into every pair of Gothamite nostrils during Bloomberg s illegal third term Saul Bellow s 1970 hate letter to New York written as only a Second City denizen could write it seems, at times, prophetic B [...]


  14. At first it was the all the lists that did me in, that weighed on me like work undone Lists of words, on every other page it seemed, clogging the capillaries of my eyes Enlightenment, universal education, universal suffrage, the rights of the majority acknowledged by all governments, the rights of women, the rights of children, the rights of criminals, the unity of the different races affirmed, Social Security, public health, the dignity of the person, the right to justice the struggles of three [...]


  15. Mr Sammler s Planet is one of the most powerful and prophetic novels by Saul Bellow Now so many highbrows have discovered that madness is higher knowledge Power and money of course do drive people crazy So why shouldn t people also gain power and wealth through being crazy They should go together The listless hedonistic society is Mr Sammler s Planet and it is inhabited with crazies, perverts and rogues A glorious planet But wasn t everything being done to make it intolerable to abide here, an u [...]


  16. Ennesimo miracolo letterario di Saul Bellow, che riesce a scrivere un bellissimo romanzo con personaggi credibili, trama funzionalmente dosata, dotato di un impianto filosofico con profondit da fondale oceanico che viene a dispiegarsi in perfetta armonia con gli altri elementi costitutivi.Mr Sammler, ebreo polacco, prima snob frequentatore dei salotti bene della Londra anteguerra, poi sopravvissuto all Olocausto facendosi strada nudo fra nudi cadaveri, trascinandosi fuori dalla fossa comune dove [...]



  17. Just finished reading Mr Sammler s Planet by Saul Bellow It is a beautiful story of a holocaust survivor, who relives his horrors in the holocaust of his daily life in New York in his late age Saul draws beautiful parallels between the old and the new, but it was a difficult book to get into Once past the 100 pages, the book turned out to be quite stunning A quintessential book from a Nobel prize winner.


  18. One of my all time favourites One of those books that are oozing with metaphor and double meaning, so much so, that you are at a loss what to say to describe it Above all, I think, a novel about humanity, centred on the metaphor of seeing Obsessively recurring words eye, see, look, gaze To see was delicious Sammler, the main character, is one eyed He sees the world with the one healthy eye and he sees crime in action, which fascinates him and stuns him He sees violence which sickens him, and see [...]


  19. Livros excelentes s o aqueles que fazem voc se perguntar, quando termina o que faz um livro ser excelente Por que raios eu gostei tanto deste aqui E bom que voc se pergunte, porque apreciar um livro ou de uma obra de arte qualquer n o pode ser um privil gio exclusivo da emo o Ou para que a experi ncia seja completa, a obra, al m de satisfazer o seu gosto est tico, tamb m h de contentar a sua expectativa tica.O Mr Sammler s Planet excelente exatamente por isso satisfaz forma e conte do.Saul Bello [...]


  20. A novel in the Library of America, this Bellow story was an exercise in using words than necessary to avoid telling a story My dislike for the novel could be because I m used to less intellectual fare, or it could be that I listened to the audiobook The book contains many lists of concepts used to describe Sammler s thought, and many of the terms are quite flowery Of course, this is all in line with the character, but it did get boring Perhaps I felt the ennui especially listening to this being [...]


  21. Dunque una specie pazza S , forse Sebbene la pazzia sia anch essa una mascherata, la proiezione di un motivo pi profondo, un risultato della disperazione che ci coglie dinanzi alle infinit e alle eternit p 131


  22. Oh, Mr Sammler mi rivolgo direttamente a lei, perch altrimenti non so come uscirne Lo so, lo so, immagino gi cosa penser di me Questa ragazza pazza Forse si, Mr Sammler, ma che posso fare In fondo lei stesso faceva notare che in questa societ o si pazzi oppure, se si in grado di elevarci al di sopra della pazzia, si pu diventare Santi E poi di che si stupisce Lei oramai sar abituato a convivere con i pazzi Tanti dei personaggi che ruotano intorno alla sua vita come piccolissimi pianeti, gravita [...]


  23. Here s one of the essential books for understanding 20thC America, though of course it is especially revealing about NYC, which means that 20C America bears than a tincture of Europe Mr Sammler rides the bus, and Bellow changes every reader s bus experience forever the daylight robbery and intimidation, the necessary self reliance One other writer has portrayed a bus ride perhaps as well, Flannery O Connor where the son is amused at his mother s humbling, only to earn regret for the rest of his [...]


  24. I think that it is difficult to overstate how good a writer Bellow was His writing is dense not only in the way language is used, but in the expression of ideas and emotion, and the completeness of characterisation.Artur Sammler is a man who sees everything but doesn t connect He is doubly an alien a Polish Jew who had integrated into English society between the wars, mixing in intellectual circles HG Wells and the Bloomsbury group , now living in New York where both his Europeaness and Englishn [...]


  25. Published in 1970,Mr Sammler s Planetis in some ways a book of its age, when anxiety over the state of America was at a peak student protests, the Vietnam war, racial tensions, political assassinations, urban decline all seemed to give the times an apocalyptic character Set against all that was the impending exploration of the moon So Bellow comments on the Zeitgeist through the eyes of a man who has survived another apocalypse the Holocaust Artur Sammler has seen the worst that can be thrown at [...]


  26. This book has many long paragraphs of stream of conscious from Mr Sammler, who, at the twilight of his time, finding the world around him a riot of discomforts both physically and mentally The writing is witty and biting, unsparing, and often with long sentences with sonorous adjectives strung together moving toward a crescendo of contempt or anger, which dominates the first part of the book.In mid book, things start to take shape Sammler s relatives were given full play in their own acting, rea [...]


  27. Bellow is so good that it almost seems trivial to complain about the deep misogynist tinge on Mr Sammler s planet Sammler, a septuagenarian, is overwhelmed by the sexuality of the women who surround him, including his flighty bag lady daughter Somehow I doubt that you or I, in our century, would be overwhelmed by the estrogen or whatever it is emanating from these ladies But for Sammler everything woman related is tights, legs, knees, thighs, female smells, hair, wigs, food preparation, panties, [...]


  28. Have just finished Mr Sammlers planet and truly I have fought to finish this novel It had moments which drew me in and characters that were interesting on occasions but the huge amount of over descriptive introversion was simply frustrating and totally boring in a number of areas I can understand that we were being taught the meaning of life or at least sammlers life and the way he was viewing the vast changes that were happening in the way individuals lived their lives at this time but surely t [...]


  29. I don t know why this book made it onto my reading list I think it was on one of the Wall Street Journal s weekly Top Five Books on lists a few months ago for some topic or category that I cannot recall now What I do know is that I liked the writing than the story This was my first book by the award winning Bellow If I had to summarize it in one sentence I d say old man who s been through hell in his life deals with the rot of late 60 s New York, the meaning of life, spoiled young relatives, t [...]


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