The novella was Bellow's first and many of the themes he will develop more fully later are already adumbrated here.
Sartre's la Nausee each book looks for life's meaning and sees aimless freedom as inherently meaningless.
A different reader, someone who knows that to read a story is not the same as performing a play. The reader needs to brig out the natural style through the reading and not try to dramatize it. The drama here is int the style not the characters.
The way it was read, nothing.
Too much emphasis on voice not enough on the words.
The story, yes, the "performance" no.
Re record the story with a different reader.
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