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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (736 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this unique noir masterpiece by the incomparable Saul Bellow, a young man is sucked into the mysterious, heat-filled vortex of New York City.

Asa Leventhal, a temporary bachelor with his wife away on a visit to her mother, attempts to find relief from a Gotham heat wave only to be accosted in the park by a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses Leventhal of ruining his life. Unable to shake the stranger, Leventhal is led by his own self-doubts and suspicions into a nightmare of paranoia and fear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A kind of Dostoyevskian nightmare…written with unusual power and insight.”

    New York Times

  • “Anything by Bellow is worth a dozen other novels.”

    Spectator (London)

  • The Victim confirmed the emergence of a new protagonist in American literature: modern, Jewish, as alienated from his surroundings as Kafka’s Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The best novel to come out of America—or England—for a generation.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A story of New York today—in general introspective, thought provoking, but with the focus on the idea rather than the people, who are little more than lay figures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Fatleg | 2/16/2014

    " Having read Humboldt's Gift and proudly declaring myself a lifelong fan of Saul Bellow I feel like I am crashing back to earth with this novel. Kafkaesque is normally used in positive way but in this novel I feel could be applied negatively (as in you are not sure what is the problem and who is supposed to be the victim) Bellow's writing is very good and descriptive, he captures the inferno hot New York brilliantly. The issue however is the story. Asa Leventhal meets somebody (Albee) who blames him for his current situation in life. Albee continues to harass him. At this point one would assume Asa would simply punch him in the mouth and end it there. This is also in congress with Asa's character who seems able to be short and rude to other people. If the Asa character was a timid it would be more plausible or if the tit for tat violence escalated, this would pose the question to what point? What point would a man declare sufficient or enough, this would be an interesting question. However it never posed these questions and ended quite flatly. All in all a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sidik Fofana | 1/21/2014

    " SIX WORLD REVIEW: Albee angrily approaches. Leventhal languidly lets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam | 1/18/2014

    " Seriously stressed out Jewish guy in NY mulling over difficult ethical problems. I think I read that Bellow is popular with many English critics because of a Dickensian moral bent. Boy that Allbee sure is a jerk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 1/10/2014

    " What a crazy, weird book. I absolutely flew through this, because I'd been meaning to read it forever, and had started a while back and put it down, so I basically just caught the main plotlines and characters and missed a lot of the intricacies, though it seems a fairly simple book. But what an intriguing setup! Has that kind of Kafkaesque inevitability to it. But yeah, the protag/antag setup was just so interesting, nothing I've really read before. Totally a unique book, while also being just a straightforward narrative. Mostly just a great story, I guess. Will have to read it again some day. "

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