Posts Tagged ‘Mr. Sammler’s Planet’

Broken shards of a cliff dweller

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Re: Mr. Sammler’s Planet, by Saul Bellow. Mr. Sammler is homeless.  While New York is the ideal and only place for this novel—it is the heart of Jewish America, then and now—he belongs nowhere.  He is still European in aspect and outlook, troubled by the callow youth of the day and his own money-grubbing progeny: […]

Mr. Eastwood’s Planet

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Some thought Saul Bellow’s deeply pessimistic Mr. Sammler’s Planet to be the work of a tired, cranky old man upon its release in 1970.  Was Saul Bellow a misogynist and a racist?  And depressed?  Geez, there’s a negro pickpocket right there at the beginning ripping off the white folks on a Broadway bus on the […]