The Adventures of Augie March Author:Saul Bellow, vonDaniken THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH established its author as an incomparable master of the modern novel. It is a brilliant saga in the triumphantly picaresque tradition, and Augie March can indeed be seen as a sort of Chicago Tom Jones. — "Saying 'various jobs,'" says Augie, "I give out the Rosetta stone, so to speak, for my entire life." — "Salesman, ... more »would-be smuggler of immigrants and briefly a thief, union organizer, merchant seaman, gambler, post-war trafficker in war surplus -- even a partial list of jobs seems less important than the fact of mobility. Augie holds to a conception of an outstanding destiny. He refuses to specialize, for to specialize is to 'settle down.' One thinks of Balzac's great phrase: 'I belong to the party of the opposition which is called life.' This is Augie's attitude -- not to rebel, but to be in opposition to fixity.
"The great merits of THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH are manifest and even obvious ones: the merits of an extraordinarily rich, crowded, authentic observation of life; of unflagging vivacity; of an uncomplicated acceptance of many human beings in their full vis comica and unsubduable will to live."
- from the introduction by Albert J. Guerard« less