The Adventures of Augie March

The Adventures of Augie March

Paperback - 2006
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Augie March is a Jewish-American boy growing up fatherless and poor in Depression-era Chicago. He seeks a "special destiny," although his circumstances seem to position him for a uniquely disappointing life: his family consists of a simple-minded mother, a brother and "grandmother" who prove to be Machiavellian in their intentions, and an "idiot" youngest brother, Georgie.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006, c1953.
ISBN: 9780143039570
Characteristics: xvii, 586 p. ; 22 cm.


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A lively picaresque novel about a Jewish youth from the Chicago slums who adapts to the city and seeks fulfillment in the world.

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ChiPubLib_Adults Oct 09, 2013

Bellow's classic story of a young Jewish boy coming of age in Depression era Chicago has been described as Dickensian in its descriptive power, and remains an American classic.

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geezr_rdr Jun 12, 2014

The story of Augie March is compelling, and ultimately justifies the effort, but the writing style requires a commitment to lasting through the monologues and sidebars that I found somewhat excessive. There is some really good stuff buried in these pages.


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