The Adventures of Augie March is the great
American Novel. Search no further." Martin Amis
As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this novel by the great Saul
Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Augie, the exuberant
narrator-hero is a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great
Deptression. A born recruit," Augie makes himself available for a
series of occupations, then proudly rejects each one as unworthy.
His own oddity is reflected in the companions he
encountersplungers, schemers, risk-takers, and hole-and corner"
operators like the would-be tycoon Einhorn or the would-be siren
Thea, who travels with an eagle trained to hunt small creatures.
This Penguin Classics edition, with an introduction by celebrated
writer and critic Christopher Hitchens, makes a literary
masterpiece available to a new generation of readers.
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