I did not like this book.
I did not finish this book.
I will never pick this book up again.
Besides not having enough story to keep me interested past page 60, Bellow describes every character in detail. In so much detail my mental snapshots were muddy, confusing and seemingly contradictory. These complex descriptions bogged down the narrative – what little narrative there was. So, I won’t be checking this book off my 1001 Books list. I suppose it’s in good company, with Moby Dick and Middlemarch.
In the good news department, I did learn something from what little I read:
In writing, less is more.