Bellow is a thinker, and the story seems to be a platform for his ideas. That could leave you flat if Henderson wasn't such an excellent character. His travels in Africa and conversations with the few people that become his friends are really the life of the book. A few exciting sequences, but mostly an examination of life.
The reader does a great job. The voice he uses for Henderson is a very specific character choice, so much so that it puts the entire book in a certain context. I was left wondering if Henderson would have been a different man in my mind had I heard a flat reading or actually read the book.
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