The Actual

The Actual

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Sigmund Adletsky asks Harry Trellman, a man who has made his fortune, to join his brain trust and advises Trellman to pick up the life he has wanted with an old high-school love

Blackwell North Amer
Harry Trellman doesn't belong. Not in the Chicago orphanage where he is sent by his mother, not in high school (too brainy), not even on the streets. Human attachments? Yes, he has them, but they are like everything else in his life, singular and irregular. People who know him say that he "drowns his feelings in his face," and that he has a Mongolian "masked look." But though Harry stands apart, he has always been a most keen observer, listener, recorder and interpreter, and none of this is lost on the Chicago billionaire, Sigmund Adletsky, who takes Harry into his "brain trust." He retains Harry to advise him. They discuss ordinary things - they gossip together. Old Adletsky has set feelings aside while he amassed his vast fortune. The old man is so apt that he divines the secrets behind Harry's mask, and brings him together with the one person Harry has loved dumbly for forty years.
Amy Wustrin has not exactly stood apart from the sexual revolution while waiting for Harry to come wooing. Far from remaining the static object of his fantasy, she has moved about in the real world, from one marriage to another, from rich to broke, from hot high-school girl to correct matron. Still, in Amy, Harry sees what he calls his "actual." Harry has had his opportunities with Amy, but it is not until he finds himself at the cemetery with her for the exhumation and reburial of her husband that he feels free to speak out.

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& Taylor

Sigmund Adletsky asks Harry Trellman, a man who has made his fortune, to join his brain trust and advises Trellman to pick up the life he has wanted with an old high-school love, in a novella by the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Victim.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1997.
ISBN: 9780670860753
0670860751
Branch Call Number: BEL
Characteristics: 103 p. ; 22 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 17, 2013

"With my Chink or Jap looks, I am seldom taken for a Jew." A slim book that was one of Nobel laureate Bellow's last. Not very good.

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bowlin182
Nov 23, 2010

Another fantastic work from the rich Saul Bellow collection. The portrait of a middle age man is painted beautifully from the inside out. His attachments can be played off easily but cannot be completely removed, as the end will show.

I really enjoyed this novella, however it's a shame it's so short.

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