Dangling Man

Dangling Man An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow now with an introduction by J M Coetzee Expecting to be inducted into the army to fight in World War II Joseph has given up his job and carefully

  • Title: Dangling Man
  • Author: Saul Bellow J.M. Coetzee
  • ISBN: 9780143039877
  • Page: 104
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  • An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow now with an introduction by J M Coetzee Expecting to be inducted into the army to fight in World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront When a series of mix ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness Saul Bellow s first novel documentAn essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow now with an introduction by J M Coetzee Expecting to be inducted into the army to fight in World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront When a series of mix ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness Saul Bellow s first novel documents Joseph s psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice 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.

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    • Saul Bellow J.M. Coetzee

      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.



    592 thoughts on “Dangling Man

    • What happens if you are caught between two commitments?If you have time to look at the world from an unoccupied position? What will you see?What will you discover of our common humanity?Are you still engaged in the questions your generation asks, if you are not actively participating?Can you understand the world better while you are inside it, or do you need to establish distance between yourself and everyday business to define its essence?If it requires you to step out to see the patterns, but [...]


    • The thousands of my fans here at must know by now that I spent a great part of my childhood and early teen years in an island facing the Pacific Ocean (see my review of "Timbuktu" by Paul Auster). when I was around ten years old, a word was invented there, most likely by a close relative of mine named Aputuy (though I'm not sure of this as he may have picked it up also from someone else). I do not know how that word is spelled, but I'll write it here by the way it sounds: POO-CHOOT (the OOs lik [...]


    • Beklemenin ve boşluğun insanı bir elektrikli süpürge gibi vakumlayıp sorgulama girdabına çektiğini ve sonunda posasını çıkarıp torbaya tıktığını sade bir dille anlatan kitap. Sorgulama döneminde okununca çok iyi gelmiyor efendim. Bir yandan da tam da o boşlukta sallanılan dönemde net anlaşılan bir atmosferi, psikolojisi var kitabın. Ne diyeyim, kolay gelsin.


    • "To be pushed upon oneself entirely put the very facts of simple existence in doubt"منتظر يك twistپاياني بودم كه بهش پنج بدم؛ نداشت، ندادمچرا خوندنش انقدر طول كشيد؟چون راوي خيلي غرغرو بوددو تا كار از بلو خوندم به علاوه ي يكي دو تا مقاله از يك مجموعه مقالات. چيزي كه به ذهنم مياد اينه كه آرامش هميشه از كاركترهاي بلو به [...]


    • This was Bellow’s debut, published in 1944 when he was 29. It was probably not the best choice of introduction to Bellow – I’ll try Augie March or Herzog next – but I happened to find a cheap paperback copy in Oxfam and thought I might as well start there, having had my interest in Bellow piqued by James Atlas’ The Shadow in the Garden.The narrator, Joseph, lives with his wife Iva in a Chicago boarding house while he waits to be called up for war service. For nearly four months he keep [...]


    • Saul Bellow wrote Dangling Man when he was about my age and as I read, I recognized some of the thoughts and realizations that Joseph is having. For example, Joseph sees a clear difference between his current self and his younger (college-age) self. There is also the struggle with society's sense that professional progress is the end-all be-all for 20-somethings and that being stalled or focusing on other things means you're "dangling." I liked this very much about the book because it felt very [...]


    • Bellow is one of the strangest writers - it would be hard to say that I really like his writing. I mean, it is beautifully put together, but as I'm reading his books I keep thinking to myself, 'I'm really not enjoying this'. It is only once it is finished and months later I'm still thinking about the damn thing that I realise just how good he is. I've often thought this one would make a good film. Of course, it would have to be a European film and since it is set in America it simply can never b [...]


    • The reviews of this book seem to split the readers into people who vaguely identify with the fatuous intellectual and those who react and judge from a distance. I identify with him. Joseph is a Bellow protagonist who doesn't bluster larger than life like Henderson or isn't excessively snobby and removed, an alien from another generation like Sammler. He is a dabbling intellectual who judges doers from afar and is poisoned by the intersection of his own lack of initiative or concrete movement tow [...]


    • اولین کتابی بود که از این نویسنده خوندم و حقیقت اینه که نتونستم باهاش ارتباط برقرار کنم حتی با وجود اینکه کتاب جایزه نوبل 1976 رو هم دریافت کرده! تصمیم گیری درمورد سال بلو رو گذاشتم بعد از خوندن کتاب بعدیش؛ امیدوارم بتونه جزء نویسنده های مورد علاقم قرار بگیره :)) این کتاب منو یاد [...]


    • kitabı bitiriş tarihi olarak bugünü yazdım ama bugün bu kitabı 4. kez bitirişimin tarihi aslında. iki kere orjinalini (pdf) bir kere okuyanus yayınlarından çıkan bir kerede cem yayınlarından çıkan baskısını okudum ve sabaha kadar hakkında konuşabilirim gibi (okuyanus çevirisi berbat, yazım hataları filan can sıkıcı)umda da yazmıştım, kendimi tekrar edecek gibi olacağım ama, kafka'nın dönüşüm'ünde gregor samsa modern hayatta iş ve sorumluluklar yüzünden n [...]


    • "Dangling Man," Nobel-Prize-winning author Saul Bellow's first novel (1944), is one of his slighter offerings. The central character, Joseph, is a "dangling man" because he has given up his job and is awaiting induction into the military. Perhaps he is dangling in another way: he has become too intellectually removed to connect emotionally with his wife Iva or his friends. His intellectual distance is applied to himself as well, and, despite all else, he does possess a certain lucidity. While he [...]


    • "I am exhilarated by the tremendous unimportance of my work. It is nonsense. My employers are nonsensical. The job therefore leaves me free. There's nothing to it. In a way it's like getting a piece of bread from a child in return for wiggling your ears. It is childish. I am the only one in this fifty-three-story building who knows how childish it is. Everybody else takes it seriously. Because this is a fifty-three-story building, they think it must be serious. 'This is life!' I say, this is pis [...]


    • Try as I might, I’ve never connected with Saul Bellow’s prose. My first attempt was The Actual, his penultimate work, and his shortest. A few pages in and I was lost. Then, The Adventures Of Augie March, the novel that signalled his worth as a writer: after reading the opening page repeatedly, I knew I couldn’t continue through the whole book doing so, and abandoned it.There’s something about Bellow, though, that makes me persist. It’s probably the perception of him as one of the best [...]


    • قسمت های زیبایی از کتابیک ریز کتاب های جدید را سریع تر از آنکه بتوانم بخوانم می خریدم . چون تا زمانی که مرا احاطه کرده بودند وسعت زندگی ام را تضمین می کردند و بسیار با ارزش تر و ضروری تر از زندگی روزمره ای بود که مجبور به ادامه ان بودم . در هر کس نشانه ای خنده دار و غیر عادی وجود دا [...]


    • Should've started my Bellow reading with this, I think. First I read Ravelstein, which was essentially an insult to the reader's intelligence. It took me a few years to get over that farce, and when I did, I went with 'Seize the Day,' which was okay, but not particularly memorable for any reason. This is really good, provided you liked that Dostoevsky volume that includes Notes from Underground and the Grand Inquisitor section from Brothers K. Because 'Dangling Man' is the mid twentieth century, [...]


    • "Herkes sarsıntıda, herkes boşlukta. Yaşamayı sürdürebildiğin anda, kendini doğrultmaya başlayabilirsin."Boşlukta ,adeta bir salıncağa binmiş gibi, sallanan bir adam; işini sorumluluk almaktan bıktığı için bırakmış, biraz aylak , biraz serseri , gelecek kaygılarından kurtulmak isteyen, ama anlık kaygılarından kurtulamayan bir garip adam Yazar Nobel Ödülü sahibi bir yazar. Dili ise oldukça yalın ve bir o kadar da dikkat çekiciydi bana göre. Yalnız hikaye de tı [...]


    • In a sort of literary refutation of Hemingway, Bellow seems determined to restore interiority, description, and garrulousness to its proper place in American fiction. "Dangling Man" is a pretty good first novel, though Bellow seems unsure of how to end his book; DM is also a fascinating document of domestic life during World War II.


    • Moments of brilliance, but lacking overall cohesion. Bellow structured the chapters like entries in a journal, but the style wavers between short, journalist reports and more rich and literary chapters. Given this was written very early on his career the meandering is understandable.A thought that occurred to me while following the 'dangling' protagonist through the book: you really didn't need much money in the 1930s & 1940s to be a complete loaf.I few of the many nuggets I highlighted:"For [...]



    • Saul Bellow, Nobel Laureate, is best known for his masterpieces The Adventures Of Augie March and Herzog. Of course, I've read neither of those. Not just because I'm a tosser who prefers the lesser known works of respected authors, but because I only had $3 on me when I wandered into Fowlers' Second-Hand Books, Lorne, and this book, at $2.50, was the only Bellow I could afford. I did in fact read Bellow's The Victim several years ago and I recall none of it; oh, there was a scene on a subway I t [...]


    • The late Nobelist’s first novel—and the first of his I’ve read—Dangling Man is a novel in the form of a personal journal. Written (by Bellow) a year or so after the period of the journal (by Joseph), the winter-spring of 1942-43, it recounts a young Chicagoan’s wait before being inducted into the Army. A technicality has thrust him into a kind of limbo of waiting and he sourly muses his way through it, behaving like an ass to his wife and acquaintances. The time is meant as a kind of g [...]


    • "no virtue could be considered greater than that of trying to preserve oneself."For such a short book, this one is NOT light.A story about Joseph, rebel and a little disillusioned with life. He spends his time doing pretty idle things. But from there it's a little crazy. It's dense and a lot of inner ramblings and he struggles to explain to everyone and even himself, why he is so against work schedule and a planned day. but I can't say I enjoyed it. The living arrangement (and the guy who never [...]


    • Impressive, pithy, aggressive, sharp. The narrator reminded me of a more type A version of the narrator from Notes from Underground. Joseph is a wonderful representation of someone who is caught between worlds with way too much time to think about his situation, and the means to exist without worrying about working (well, he worries quite a bit about working, but the job is always just out of reach for one reason or the other). My first reading of Bellow, his first novel, is a fantastic start. I [...]


    • This is a book about what happens inside a man when he is left waiting, without "regimentation," when his days are all his own. It's a good book, and I enjoyed the philosophical overtones and the musings of Joseph, the main character. I just didn't feel as connected to him and to the book itself as I have with other books. It does make me feel differently about Bellow, so that's good. I like Bellow's style and his viewpoints (if Joseph's are his). I recommend this to fans of Modernist fiction, t [...]


    • Beautiful novel, in the line of Dostoyevsky's 'Memories from the underground' and Hesse's 'Steppenwolf'. An exploration of the modern human condition: to be or not to in the Chicago of 1942-43. The main character hesitates to dive in the war, like everyone else; he finds no solution to his existential despair, gets frustrated by the hopeless waiting and finally finds satisfaction (questionably) as he is allowed to enter the army.


    • This book shows a slightly different Bellow from the one I'm used to. It's interesting, though. You hear about the dangers of an unexamined life, but the narrator of this book might argue that the reverse is just as dangerous. If we have too much time too look at ourselves, we might not like what we see, and then things just might spread from there.


    • Not bad for a first novel, but not that compelling either. I had a hard time finding compassion and identification with Joseph, the protagonist. The book is entertaining, but not a "must" in the Bellow canon.



    • پس از اين مسئول كارهايم نخواهم بود.از اين بابت سپاسگزارم.در اختيار ديگري هستم،رها از تصميم گيري؛فسخ آزاديبشتاب براي ساعات منظمو براي نظارت بر روحزنده باد سربازي


    • This was Bellow’s first novel. It is set in Chicago during WWII.The character, Joseph, writes about his life in first person journal entries. He is in his 30s. He is dangling because he might get drafted into the army soon. Since he might be drafted he is not working. He is married and his wife is working. He is basically just hanging out. They are living in a rooming house.They lost their apartment because of a dispute he had with the landlord.It is a short novel of one of those extended time [...]


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