By Saul Bellow
'We have been buddies, somehow.But finally, by some means, he meant to be a mortal enemy.All the whereas that he was once making the gestures of an in depth and worthy pal he used to be fattening my soul in a coop until it was once prepared for killing.' very important, exuberant, streetwise and philosophizing, Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow is likely one of the undisputed masters of yankee prose. during this encouraged novella an getting old guy writes an apology for his rudeness to a librarian thirty-five years past, unleashing a blinding, rancorous comedian riff on getting old, remorse, rudeness, smoking and 'the world's grandeur'.
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It’s me who is afraid. 46 1x 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x 7x 8x 9x 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Nunca Tu Alma I turn my eyes from the girls’ thin bodies in Sarajevo and from corpses that ﬂoat down river like matchsticks, but here in the clinic I sit with Maya—a twelve-year-old, raped by her sister’s friend—who asks me Am I still a virgin? Three delicate tears lace her perineum, as if Maya has had a rough delivery. I culture for gc, chlamydia, draw blood for pregnancy, hiv.
He doesn’t wear glasses, like this boy, and he’s blonder than anyone waiting here. When I’m home, we’ll meet for dinner. The kid with spectacles, I think, will grow up to study ﬁnance in Cleveland. How’s work? I’ll ask my son, trying to catch up. He’ll concentrate on his plate. I’ll pick up the bill. 37 Nights after Mother Died I slept in the guest room, the high bed. My father snored from their room, her side empty. I was terriﬁed— of him seeing me naked, the bathroom door swollen so it wouldn’t close.
I watch my mother watching from her window frame. 24 1x 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x 7x 8x 9x 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Parturition Coyotes quarrel with the Long Night Moon. I’m young. My ﬁrst child is due. I can’t sleep. Scorpions hurry to hide in every crack. I worry— will I be wiser than my parents? Back home, my mother wakes— her daughter’s face among dogs and rattlesnakes. She writes me: Scorpions invade my dreams. Are you in danger? But I love the coyotes’ dirge, their hollow outline on the ridge, and how the wild boar stink, wet with rain.