Seize the Day

Seize the Day

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"What makes all of this so remarkable is not merely Bellow's eye and ear for vital detail. Nor is it his talent for exposing the innards of character in a paragraph, a sentence, a phrase. It is Bellow's vision, his uncanny ability to seize the moment and to see beyond it." - Chicago Sun-Times

Fading charmer Tommy Wilhelm has reached his day of reckoning and is scared. In his forties, he still retains a boyish impetuousness that has brought him to the brink of chaos: He is separated from his wife and children, at odds with his vain, successful father, failed in his acting career (a Hollywood agent once cast him as the "type that loses the girl"), and in a financial mess. In the course of one climactic day he reviews his past mistakes and spiritual malaise, until a mysterious philosophizing con man grants him a glorious, illuminating moment of truth and understanding, and offers him one last hope....

This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Cynthia Ozick.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780142437612
Branch Call Number: BELLOW S
PS3503.E4488 S4 2003x
Characteristics: xxiii, 114 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Ozick, Cynthia


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Jan 07, 2018

This was a fairly interesting story until about halfway through, then it became just plain tedious, as the character of Dr. Tamkin kept talking and talking, mostly about nothing, and it was as boring to read as it would have been to listen to him had he been a real-life person one was having a conversation with, or more accurately, being forced to listen to. I couldn't take it anymore and stopped reading just past the halfway point of the book.

Mar 09, 2016

A splendid and touching novel about the complex relationship between an estranged father and his adult son who live in the same boarding hotel in NYC. The son, in his forties, is separated from his wife and kids and suffering from financial woes that his father seems indifferent to. The father is a narcissistic retired doctor who loves to brag about his son's accomplishments.

Sep 06, 2011

Wilhelm, the main character, in his mid 40's, finds himself seperated from his wife, unemployed, and almost broke, with a well to do father who will not help him. His only acquaintance, a con man who has invested Wilhems last $700.00 in the futures market, is his only friend. Short, more a novelette with only a few characters, I especially enjoyed Wilhelm's relationship with his ungiving father...Good read


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