Tuesday, January 18, 2011
THE ACTUAL - Saul Bellow
This is a 103 page novella concerning Harry Trellman and his first lost love Amy Wustrin, whom he has - "loved dumbly from the sideline for forty years."
It tells the story of their lives on the day she is exhuming her ex-husband to re-bury him in a Chicago cemetery.
Its short, but full of wonderful little observations on life by Bellow. A lot is made of missed opportunities either through fate or our ability as humans to make wrong decisions.
It tells of the highs and lows in the lives of the two main charcters and those on the periphery, its a delightful read, and a decent length bath will see it taken care of.