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Saul Bellow’s Henderson The Rain King Tops Weekend Reading

Saul Bellow’s novel Henderson the Rain King tops the weekend reading list for what may be yet another rainy Houston weekend.

(The above photo of Bellow is taken from The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia.)   

In this novel, published in 1959, a man, Henderson, leaves his family in America to go to Africa. He is not certain what he is looking for in Africa, but he knows that he is lacking something in life.

In Africa, a tribe of natives comes to believe that Henderson can bring rain. So he becomes some sort of rain god. I’m not up to that part.    

While I mostly read non-fiction, I often have a novel going as well. I read a few books at a time. I have “restless book syndrome.”

Henderson is looking for something new and different.  Just as many of us are. Though what we already have is often plenty good.

The Henderson character is written in a kind of over-the-top way. But if you think about it, most of us are absurd in many respects. It keeps us human to be flawed and absurd. 

I’ve enjoyed the book so far.

July 28, 2007 Posted by | Books, Reading Lists | Leave a comment