Henderson the Rain King

Henderson the Rain King

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Saul Bellow evokes all the rich colors and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this acclaimed comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life win him the admiration of the tribe—but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Classics, c2012
ISBN: 9780143105480
0143105485
Branch Call Number: F BEL NVD
Characteristics: xix, 330 p. ; 20 cm

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May 18, 2017

A garrulous lumbering bumbling man on a ludicrous adventure for redemption, which he is lucky to get (in a sense, it was inevitable, for whether he died or or lived, both endings could have been considered redemptive) in the end. The main character, Henderson, was likeable at first, but become increasingly annoying, even despicable, as the book progressed (I suppose its a case of one either loving or hating him).

JCLJulieT Dec 31, 2013

I read this on the tail end of Camus' The Stranger, because I all of a sudden got a jones for post-modern realism. Does that ever happen to you? So, it took me way longer than usual to finish this book because I read it slowly and savored it. This is good literature. Beautiful writing. Occasionally really funny, sometimes kind of heartbreaking.

Henderson is so earnest and broken and even when he knows he wants to change he turns away from the hard business. I love the foil that his internal self is to his external self. He's thoughtful and well-meaning on the inside, and on the outside, he is enormous and haphazard and destructive. Does that ever happen to you? He can't help himself, and I cherished reading about it.

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