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Henderson The Rain King

by Saul Bellow
Introduction by Adam Kirsch

Penguin Classics | December 25, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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"It blazes as fiercly and scintillatingly as a forest fire. There is life here; a great rage to live more fully. In this it is a giant among novels." (San Francisco Examiner)

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.

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Adam Kirsch.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.08 × 2.03 × 0.26 in

Published: December 25, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143105485

ISBN - 13: 9780143105480

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Henderson The Rain King

by Saul Bellow
Introduction by Adam Kirsch

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.08 × 2.03 × 0.26 in

Published: December 25, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143105485

ISBN - 13: 9780143105480

From the Publisher

"It blazes as fiercly and scintillatingly as a forest fire. There is life here; a great rage to live more fully. In this it is a giant among novels." (San Francisco Examiner)

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.

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Adam Kirsch.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


About the Author

Saul Bellow (1915-2005) is the author of nearly twenty works of literature, including Seize the Day, The Adventures of Augie March, The Victim, Herzog, and Humboldt's Gift. He taught at the University of Chicago and Boston University. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976.

Adam Kirsch is a senior editor at the New Republic and a columnist for the Tablet. He lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"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

"It made me dance."
-Henry Miller
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