The Adventures of Augie March
This is the fictional autobiography of a rumbustious adventurer and poker-player who sets off from his native Chicago in the spirit of a latter-day Columbus to rediscover the world – and more especially, 20th century America.
‘The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further’ Martin Amis
A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman. He is a ‘born recruit’, easily influenced by others who try to mould his destiny. Not until he tangles with the glamorous Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, can he attempt to break free. A modern day everyman on an odyssey in search of reality and identity, Augie March is the star of star performer in a richly observed human variety show, a modern-day Columbus in search of reality and fulfilment.
The Adventures of Augie March includes an introduction by Christopher Hitchens in Penguin Modern Classics.
‘Funny, poignant, crowded with carnivalesque types and yet narrated by a voice that is lonely and simple, it is Bellow’s fat comic masterpiece’ Observer