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Dangling Man

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow

Expecting to be inducted into the army during World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Written in diary format, Bellow’s first novel documents Joseph’s psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice.

Saul Bellow (1915–2005), author of numerous novels, novellas, and stories, was the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. During the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, he served as a war correspondent for Newsday. He taught at New York University, Princeton, and the University of Minnesota and served as chairman of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

©1944 1971 by Saul Bellow (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“In this imaginative journal, set against fresh and vivid scenes in Chicago, the author has outlined what must seem to many others an uncannily accurate delineation of themselves.” ( New York Times)

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Stay with life to it’s disturbing conclusion...

The story as in life creeps up on you to it’s disturbing conclusion... what is this existence and what is all of this discard we call life

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An Interesting Take On Idleness

This is a bit of a slow burn, but the story itself is one worth reading. It gives you a glimspe of the possible negative repercussions of a sedentary, idleness brought about by a lack of employment or engagement. Recommend!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The novella was Bellow's first and many of the themes he will develop more fully later are already adumbrated here.

What other book might you compare Dangling Man to and why?

Sartre's la Nausee each book looks for life's meaning and sees aimless freedom as inherently meaningless.