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"If I am out of my mind, it's all right with me, thought Moses Herzog. " Thus begins Herzog, Saul Bellow's 6th novel, and the second one of his works to win the National Book Award. As we meet Herzog he has retreated from life to his former home in the Berkshires, contemplating his life after the shocking, to him, failure of his 2nd marriage, writing letters he will never send, most of which are written only in his imagination, to the various people in his past whom he has offended, or by whom he has been offended. Herzog is complex, a neurotic and depressed scholar and adulterer, but also
Seize The Day is a quick read - just 135 pages - but really rather satisfying. Wilhelm is a man in mid life crisis. He has left his sales job, left his wife and children, and is in search of something more satisfying. It appears at first that he is after money, but perhaps he is really after his father's approval. In either case, he appears to have made unwise choices. Wilhelm appears to be unsettled by others' success - his father is a doctor, he wanted to be a Hollywood star but lacked the talent, and his latest venture sees himself entering into a stick exchange pact with a Dr Tamkin, a