Seize the Day

Saul Bellow Cynthia Ozick

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Seize the Day

Seize the Day Deftly interweaving humor and pathos Saul Bellow evokes in the climactic events of one day the full drama of one man s search to affirm his own worth and humanity

  • Title: Seize the Day
  • Author: Saul Bellow Cynthia Ozick
  • ISBN: 9780142437612
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Deftly interweaving humor and pathos, Saul Bellow evokes in the climactic events of one day the full drama of one man s search to affirm his own worth and humanity.

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    1. s.p on said:

      'Nature only knows one thing, and that’s the present. Present, present, eternal present, like a big, huge, giant wave – colossal, bright and beautiful, full of life and death, climbing into the sky, standing in the seas. You must go along with the actual, the Here-and-Now, the glory -’Following the success of his lengthy, 1953 National Book Award Winning novel The Adventures of Augie March, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow returned in 1956 with the very slender Seize the Day. Called ‘the most [...]

    2. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      If there was ever a character as neurotic as Alexander Portnoy - it was Wilhelm Adler. Following him around for a day in this short but great novella, I laughed and cried. At times, well most of the time, he is pathetic but as in nearly all of Bellow's protagonists, there is a diehard optimism that keeps him going towards self-realization. This book is a breath of fresh air and will bring you a smile. Carpe diem!

    3. Fabian on said:

      This novella about the morning hours in the life of a man which is falling apart is authentic New York narrative AND somber urban fable. Written in '56, it is still supremely relevant and I bet there are dozens, perhaps thousands, of Tommy Wilhems out there in the world, and they are all MODERN MEN; Wilhem is a man confused and, in the same vein as lame-o Holden C one very unhappy with his placement in society, while also questioning his duties as a "man." The episode between Wilhem and his fath [...]

    4. Jimmy on said:

      There is a strikingly pathetic point in Saul Bellow’s novella Seize the Day, when the protagonist Wilhelm (let’s call him Tommy, his Hollywood alias) Adler laments how the latter half of his existence will be occupied by analyzing the failures that occurred in the first half. In the depths of his dour fatalism he opines, “A person can become tired of looking himself over and trying to fix himself up. You can spend the entire second half of your life recovering from the mistakes of your fi [...]

    5. Perry on said:

      Oh, Good Grief!“There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.” ― Tennessee WilliamsBellow's fourth novel, published in 1956, follows sad sack Tommy Wilhelm (real name, Wilky Adler), who is in his mid-40s, lives in a Manhattan residential hotel with his retired dad, separated from his kids and a frigid wife who will not grant him a divorce, unemplo [...]

    6. Jeffrey on said:

      The only Bellow novel I've read to date. I didn't especially care for it as I was reading it, but came to think more and more highly of it in the weeks after I finished it. Bellow has an almost uncanny power of description, and the character Tamkin must be one of the great creations of twentieth-century American literature (especially his poem, "Mechanism vs. Functionalism: Ism vs. Hism"). But what really impressed me about the book was realizing that it's really a profound religious poem, about [...]

    7. Peter on said:

      I'm on a bit of a novella reading binge at the moment, in preparation for a class I'm teaching next fall. And if this temporary obsession brings me to more books like SEIZE THE DAY, maybe it will become a lasting obsession. Reading Saul Bellow is dangerous business for a writer because unless you are one of about five living authors I can think of, your sentences will never be as beautiful as Saul Bellow's. In fact it might be best just to say that out loud before sitting down to write. As in "I [...]

    8. AC on said:

      This is Bellow.Not the early, picaresque Bellow of Augie (1953) – which I do not much like – writing a clunky, poorly edited, Americanized, Depression-Era Bildungsroman…, with the so-unBellow-like voice of sentences made in endless *largo*… but the Bellow that has found his voice, for better and even, sometimes, for worse…. A Bellow that is modern, urban, postwar, a scratchingly desperate New York Manhattan Bellow…, not the yuppified, gentrified, Ed Kochified Manhattan of Annie Hall, [...]

    9. Erik F. on said:

      Astonishingly powerful novella structured around a day in the life of an actor manqué as he deals with a shrewish ex-wife, an untrustworthy "psychiatrist" who entangles him in the stock market, an icy father who (understandably) has grown tired of helping his middle-aged son out of financial binds, and with assorted feelings of acedia, alienation, and desperation. In a brief number of pages, Bellow builds a very convincing miniature panorama of a single man adrift in an urban and emotional wast [...]

    10. George K. on said:

      Η μεγάλη αυτή νουβέλα αποτελεί την πρώτη μου επαφή με το έργο του Νομπελίστα συγγραφέα Σολ Μπέλοου. Στην βιβλιοθήκη μου είχα κάμποσα βιβλία του, αγορασμένα όλα από παλαιοβιβλιοπωλεία, αλλά επέλεξα να τον γνωρίσω με το συγκεκριμένο βιβλιαράκι, που τσίμπησα με τρία ευρώ πριν [...]

    11. Teresa Proença on said:

      Saul Bellow não é para mim. Dos dois livros que li dele só retirei bocejos. Mas, apesar de me ter desinteressado da leitura logo nas primeiras páginas, aguentei até ao fim. O que teve a função de me libertar de escrúpulos e culpas por pontuar e comentar certos livros de que desisto. A acção de Agarra o Dia decorre durante um dia, no qual a personagem principal recorda o passado e tenta resolver uns problemas do presente. Wilhelm deixou a mulher e os dois filhos porque quer ser livre; v [...]

    12. Astraea on said:

      یک روز در میانه قرن بیستم، در حوالی برادوی، جایی در میان فضای سنگین، شلوغ و آشفته نیویورک، شهری که خیلی‌ها آن را پایتخت جهان می‌دانند، می‌شود فضایی که سال بلو خیلی دوستش داشت: یکی از مهم‌ترین رمان‌های برنده نوبل ادبیات 1976، سال بلو، خونسرد با شخصیت رمانش بازی می‌کند و او را [...]

    13. Solistas on said:

      3.5/5"Κάθε φορά που ερχόταν μια στιγμή ηρεμίας, όπου απλά η κούραση τον έκανε να σταματάει τον αγώνα, ένιωθε αυτό το μυστηριώδες βάρος, πως μεγάλωναν ή μαζεύονταν μέσα του ακατονόμαστα πράγματα που έπρεπε όλη του τη ζωή να τα κουβαλάει. Αυτός θα πρέπει να 'ναι ο προορισμός του α [...]

    14. احمد هلال on said:

      الحمد لله رب العالمين- العلاقة بين الابن و أبيه ، قد تضطرب لاقدر الله ،و تسوء بسبب حمق الأبن و إصراره على سلوك طريق معين ، الكاتب الأمريكى سول بيلو رسم لوحة رائعة بروايته أغتنم الفرصة ، فالأب فى الرواية طبيب ناجح ولكن أبنه شاب يتنكب نصائح الأب فيترك الجامعة بحثا عن هليود فيفشل [...]

    15. Manab on said:

      ঢাকা আর্ট সামিটের সেমিনার রুমে শর্মিনী পেরেরা নামের একজন পজিশনিং, লোকেশন এইসব নিয়ে কথা বলতে বলতে এই বইয়ের কথা বললেন, এই বইয়ের প্রথম প্যারার কথা। মনে হইলো বাসায় পড়ে আছে যখন, পড়ে ফেলাই।ইতোপূর্ [...]

    16. Nicola on said:

      2 1/2 starsMy first Saul Bellow and not really to my taste. It's not badly written, I can see why he is a respected author, but, no, just not my bag. It reminded me a little bit of Death of a Salesman in its depressing tone as Tommy Wilhem is another American Man driven on by the demons of social and financial success and the pressures of family expectations. It was all very moving but I don't really enjoy bleak stories like this - I 'enjoyed' Death of a Salesman but after studying it in school [...]

    17. Tara on said:

      It's been about a week since I finished this book, and have picked up two new books in the meantime, so my first thoughts are a bit hazy and lost to other curiosities. However, the thing about the book that has stuck with me - and will no doubt lead me to re-reading it in later years - is its examination of American ideals and the internal grapplings of a human soul. How wonderfully fresh and true this story remains today, over 50 years after it was written! Tommy, the novel's protagonist, must [...]

    18. Dagio_maya on said:

      "Qualsiasi cosa tu sia scopri sempre di essere il tipo sbagliato" Tommy Wilhelm alloggia in un grande hotel di New York assieme al padre, il professor Adler.Tommy rievoca una vita costellata da errori che ancora chiedono che il conto sia regolato.Tra padre e figlio un rapporto complicato: più il figlio si dimostra un perdente più il padre rifiuta non solo ogni aiuto economico ma anche ogni comprensione ed agisce col preciso intento di tenere le distanze per salvaguardare se stesso. Una New Yor [...]

    19. Sarah on said:

      Awesome!Saul Bellow has just entered "favorite writers" list.And I've found the grown up, forty-four years old 'Holden Caulfield'.It was awesomeحال بعد از خوندنش مثل حال بعد از خوندن "فرني و زويي" و "سقوط" كامو ه، انگار خسته ميشي بعد از خوندش انقدر حرف برا گفتن داشته، از اون كتابا كه نميشه ازش يه سري كُتيشن برداشت. كل كتاب هايلايت ميشد اگر مال [...]

    20. Lobstergirl on said:

      Bellow is a treat even if you don't completely swoon over every novel in its entirety. His descriptions, his dialogue, his portrayals of humanity are so rich. This novella is told from the point of view of the increasingly shabby and morose failed actor and salesman, Tommy Wilhelm, but Bellow also lets us in on what his disapproving father, Dr. Adler, thinks.Then Wilhelm had said, "Yes, that was the beginning of the end, wasn't it, Father?"Wilhelm often astonished Dr. Adler. Beginning of the end [...]

    21. Sandra on said:

      Wilky Adler, che si ostina a farsi chiamare con il nome d’arte Tommy Wilhelm, scelto in giovinezza quando volle andare ad Hollywood per intraprendere la carriera di attore che è consistita in una semplice parte da comparsa in un film, non ha fatto che sbagli nella vita: non è riuscito a tenere in piedi il suo matrimonio, non è riuscito a conservarsi il posto di lavoro, ha investito in Borsa gli ultimi soldi che gli sono rimasti ed ha perso tutto, e poi non riesce ad ottenere l’amore di su [...]

    22. Vit Babenco on said:

      “Cynicism was bread and meat to everyone. And irony, too.”Tommy Wilhelm is a hopeless dream chaser – all his life he was chasing his romantic dreams but couldn’t catch any. He is too credulous and conscientious so he always ends up being used. He wanted to be an actor but had no talent, he got married but received only unhappiness, he hoped to make money but just lost everything so he became bitter and distressed. And his ancient father, aware that the son will always remain a useless go [...]

    23. Doug H on said:

      "Be here now."Part Wilhelm Reich lecture, part Seinfeld television episode featuring a guest appearance by Ram Dass. I'm not ashamed to say that half of this novella floated over my head or passed through my brain without sticking. I loved the funny bits in the other half though.

    24. David on said:

      A deeply psychological novel, Seize the Day follows the middle-aged man in the life of a single day in New York City. "Psychological" "single day" Bellow's ante into the pool of single-day novels, alongside Joyce's Ulysses and Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, is a much slimmer volume than its fellow one-day wonders, but carries perhaps no less of a whollop. The story follows Tommy Wilhelm, a middle-aged man, a failed actor, a failed salesman, a husband whose wife refuses him a divorce but takes his money [...]

    25. Jim on said:

      Apolgies in advance for skipping over the plot summary, but here's what I think I learned from this book:1) Bellow, like Banville, is a master of characterization, the expression of character through movement, reaction, idiosyncrasies, etc. It's not just what they look like and what they're wearing (though this is important) it's what these things say about the character and how they're expressed through speech, interaction with others, moments of isolation, etc. It can't be all wooden descripti [...]

    26. Ali Nazifpour on said:

      I'm afraid I couldn't like this novel although I wanted to. Yes, the writing is fantastic, the humor is cutting, the psychology of the characters is perfect - however, what I'm missing here is the point, the plot, the actual novella. It seems like an opening rather than the complete work. OK, we know Tommy. His life sucks and he's a loser. Cool. So what? The novel never goes beyond a portrait of its protagonist and its supporting characters. And just when you expect the story to begin, for the n [...]

    27. Jan on said:

      The little novella ‘Seize the Day’ is rightly called a masterpiece. Like a modern Greek tragedy, we have in Tommy Wilhelm a protagonist who is facing the world closing in on him. Instead of shutting down, giving in or giving up, he feels very deeply. What he ask for is just a bare minimum of human understanding, of compassionSadly, his father, who is fiercely aloof, can’t provide this and regards him as a loser. He ex-wife demands even more alimony. He is swindled out of the little cash he [...]

    28. Frankie on said:

      I'm reading Saul Bellow backwards. I should've read Augie March, then Seize the Day, then Herzog. Instead I read Herzog first, the tale of a man at rock bottom. Now I've read about Wilhelm, a man who thinks he's at rock bottom but isn't. I have yet to read Augie March, but my impression is that he's a superego-type character. Perhaps for Bellow it shows his progress from the shallow heroes to the complicated. At any rate, I should get back to chronological order for Bellow's books. One of the st [...]

    29. Amin on said:

      Well, I have been reading Philip Roth for a long time now (the long time amounting to only twelve books read out of an outstanding thirty or so Roth books), and reading Saul Bellow was nothing but help; nothing but completion, and comprehension (already many things!). As soon as you start reading this book you feel as if you're reading Roth, but a Roth who is in a more moderate mood. Not much anger, not much ridicule, not a 'howl', but very moving all the same.Saul Bellow's human understanding ( [...]

    30. Dianne on said:

      I couldn't decide between 3 or 4 stars, so I went with generosity. This is my first Saul Bellow book and I am interested in him as an American New Yorker philosophical novelist. 'Seize the Day' takes place in the course of a day as Wilhelm, a middle age Jewish man, reflects on his state of affairs, the life he has chosen, and his regrets. It certainly is not an uplifting book, but Bellow is such a keen observer and his writing is sparse, yet pungent.I particularly enjoyed city descriptions, and [...]

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