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A trio of short works by the Nobel laureate and "greatest writer of American prose of the twentieth century" (James Wood, The New Republic) While Saul Bellow is known best for his longer fiction in award-winning novels such as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog, Something to Remember Me By will draw new readers to Bellow as it showcases his extraordinary gift for crea A trio of short works by the Nobel laureate and "greatest writer of American prose of the twentieth century" (James Wood, The New Republic) While Saul Bellow is known best for his longer fiction in award-winning novels such as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog, Something to Remember Me By will draw new readers to Bellow as it showcases his extraordinary gift for creating memorable characters within a smaller canvas. The loss of a ring in A Theft helps an oft-married woman understand her own wisdom and capacity for love. In The Bellarosa Connection, Harry Fonstein has escaped from Nazi brutality with the help of an underground organization masterminded by the legendary Broadway impresario Billy Rose, and his story continues in America . In the title story, seventeen-year-old Louie—whose mother is dying of cancer—strays far from home and finds not solace but humiliation and, ultimately, the blessing of his father's wrath.


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A trio of short works by the Nobel laureate and "greatest writer of American prose of the twentieth century" (James Wood, The New Republic) While Saul Bellow is known best for his longer fiction in award-winning novels such as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog, Something to Remember Me By will draw new readers to Bellow as it showcases his extraordinary gift for crea A trio of short works by the Nobel laureate and "greatest writer of American prose of the twentieth century" (James Wood, The New Republic) While Saul Bellow is known best for his longer fiction in award-winning novels such as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog, Something to Remember Me By will draw new readers to Bellow as it showcases his extraordinary gift for creating memorable characters within a smaller canvas. The loss of a ring in A Theft helps an oft-married woman understand her own wisdom and capacity for love. In The Bellarosa Connection, Harry Fonstein has escaped from Nazi brutality with the help of an underground organization masterminded by the legendary Broadway impresario Billy Rose, and his story continues in America . In the title story, seventeen-year-old Louie—whose mother is dying of cancer—strays far from home and finds not solace but humiliation and, ultimately, the blessing of his father's wrath.

30 review for Something To Remember Me By: Three Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    This collection of short stories from Saul Bellow is an interesting read - but only if you have already read Herzog or Augie March or one of his other great works. There are three stories here, The Theft which is an interesting story of self-discovery, the title story Something to Remember Me By which is a bit depressing in the strained relationships it depicts. My favorite story was The Bellarosa Connection which - with Sammler's Planet - is the only work were Bellow directly addresses the Holo This collection of short stories from Saul Bellow is an interesting read - but only if you have already read Herzog or Augie March or one of his other great works. There are three stories here, The Theft which is an interesting story of self-discovery, the title story Something to Remember Me By which is a bit depressing in the strained relationships it depicts. My favorite story was The Bellarosa Connection which - with Sammler's Planet - is the only work were Bellow directly addresses the Holocaust. The escape of Harry Fonstein from a concentration camp in Poland with the help of a gravedigger and the famous Broadway impresario Billy Rose (thus the title, The Bellarosa Connection). The horror of Fonstein's ordeal is incredibly well-written as is his ill-fated attempt to thank Billy Rose for his salvation whereas Mr. Rose has spent his career denying his involvement in secreting Jews out of Nazi Germany. It is a fascinating study in shame and the search for redemption - a common theme in all three stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vishy

    Introduction by Bellow as excellent. There were some beautiful passages in the stories. The title story reminded me of the Martin Scorsese movie 'After Dark'. But overall, I was a little bit disappointed. I wasn't interested in reading about the travails of rich New Yorkers and their love affairs. I think I might have liked it when I was younger. I want to give Saul Bellow another try though - I want to read one of his bigger books, probably 'The Adventures of Augie March'. Introduction by Bellow as excellent. There were some beautiful passages in the stories. The title story reminded me of the Martin Scorsese movie 'After Dark'. But overall, I was a little bit disappointed. I wasn't interested in reading about the travails of rich New Yorkers and their love affairs. I think I might have liked it when I was younger. I want to give Saul Bellow another try though - I want to read one of his bigger books, probably 'The Adventures of Augie March'.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Myles

    Honestly, only the last story is very good, but it is VERY good. The first two are prolonged returns to the images and concerns that populate his more fulfilling longer work. But I'll say it again, the last story-- the title story-- it fucking slays. Honestly, only the last story is very good, but it is VERY good. The first two are prolonged returns to the images and concerns that populate his more fulfilling longer work. But I'll say it again, the last story-- the title story-- it fucking slays.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liana Lau

    5 stars for The Theft, 3 stars for The Bellarosa Connection & Something To Remember Me By. I am slightly irked by his needless references to Oriental characteristics (also seen in The Actual) and characters who are inexplicably powerful and wealthy, generally after having pursued the American dream. The first-person stories grate on me the most because of the boastful confidence in every interaction. The Theft is written third-person, and it's a lot easier to manage Clara's and Teddy's forces of 5 stars for The Theft, 3 stars for The Bellarosa Connection & Something To Remember Me By. I am slightly irked by his needless references to Oriental characteristics (also seen in The Actual) and characters who are inexplicably powerful and wealthy, generally after having pursued the American dream. The first-person stories grate on me the most because of the boastful confidence in every interaction. The Theft is written third-person, and it's a lot easier to manage Clara's and Teddy's forces of personality from an outsider's perspective. The emotional depth and strength of human connection explodes out of the pages of the Theft, and Clara's personality really comes alive.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rozalia

    Unfortunately, I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. I thought that the writing style was exhausting, and somehow... dusty? And by dusty I mean that it felt like I was reading the novel of an old, bitter man who purposely locks himself inside his room for days on end in order to write like an insomniac on the verge of madness (not that that's a bad thing), spends his afternoons walking around town with an umbrella in his hand that he uses in lieu of a walking stick just in case it started Unfortunately, I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. I thought that the writing style was exhausting, and somehow... dusty? And by dusty I mean that it felt like I was reading the novel of an old, bitter man who purposely locks himself inside his room for days on end in order to write like an insomniac on the verge of madness (not that that's a bad thing), spends his afternoons walking around town with an umbrella in his hand that he uses in lieu of a walking stick just in case it started raining and sits in bars drinking watered down whisky and looking gloomy and whenever somebody would try to strike up a converation with him, Bellow just has to mention how he's a writer and writers shall not concern themselves with smalltalk. But who knows, maybe I'll give this book another shot someday.

  6. 4 out of 5

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat Cui

    nice lucid writing. the first story was better than the second which was better than the third.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura K

    This book consists of 3 stories. In my opinion they got progressively better. The edition that I read had a forward by the author which dealt with the subject of brevity in writing. That was ironic because the first story was long and repetitive. I would have enjoyed it at 1/2 the length. But the next two stories were intriguing, so I'm glad that I stuck with it. These stories, although the copyright dates were in the 1980s and 90s, are written about years past (1920s - 1930's and one indetermin This book consists of 3 stories. In my opinion they got progressively better. The edition that I read had a forward by the author which dealt with the subject of brevity in writing. That was ironic because the first story was long and repetitive. I would have enjoyed it at 1/2 the length. But the next two stories were intriguing, so I'm glad that I stuck with it. These stories, although the copyright dates were in the 1980s and 90s, are written about years past (1920s - 1930's and one indeterminate).

  9. 4 out of 5

    katy desmond

    Three truly beautiful novellas. Cleverly written. Many it's a lusting for New York in the Autumn (because Bellow always feels like New York even when his work isn't set there), but these have turned me onto a writer I've never given much attention before. Three truly beautiful novellas. Cleverly written. Many it's a lusting for New York in the Autumn (because Bellow always feels like New York even when his work isn't set there), but these have turned me onto a writer I've never given much attention before.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    Yeah, the prose was beautiful, the language was poetic and the characters were lively and multi-faceted. I wanted to love this, but none of the stories really blew my skirt up. They were fine, really. Nothing spectacular though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    One of my favorites of one of my favorites -- this is a bit melancholic and it seemed to me to be nearly perfect as I recall. Maybe I'll go back to it just to be sure -- one day but not now. One of my favorites of one of my favorites -- this is a bit melancholic and it seemed to me to be nearly perfect as I recall. Maybe I'll go back to it just to be sure -- one day but not now.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The second story is wonderful.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Helene

    Read the short story "Something To Remember Me By" for class and it is really good. Very interesting. Read the short story "Something To Remember Me By" for class and it is really good. Very interesting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liron

    Bellow creates amazing characters, capturing intimate thoughts and persona's that bring them intimately, almost uncomfortably to life. Bellow creates amazing characters, capturing intimate thoughts and persona's that bring them intimately, almost uncomfortably to life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thomas M.

    Can't go wrong with King Bellow. Billy R. tale my favorite Can't go wrong with King Bellow. Billy R. tale my favorite

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robb

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aneta Kavanova

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christina Gimlin

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nayantara

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angus Macdonald

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robert H. Hamilton

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nargil

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  25. 4 out of 5

    gooner

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenson Davis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori Jacobsen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liliane

  29. 5 out of 5

    greg smith

  30. 4 out of 5

    Geetanjali

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