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Henderson the Rain King

Saul Bellow - Author

Adam Kirsch - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780143105480 | 352 pages | 24 Dec 2012 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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. A hilarious, often ribald story, Henderson the Rain King is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.



“ A kind of wildly delirious dream made real by the force of Bellow’s rollicking prose and the offbeat inventiveness of his language.”
Chicago Tribune

“ Bellow’s aura of fable is constantly washed over by humor, impulsive creation, and actual, turbulent detail.”
The Nation