Nobel laureate Saul Bellow died yesterday. Though I read only one of his novels, his genius the obituaries unanimously speak of clearly showed in that story (Seize the Day
). His characters were amazingly real, producing the "fictive dream" in no time. For those who live in Chicago, here’s what the NYT
obit mentions: “The center of his fictional universe was Chicago, where he grew up and spent most of his life, and which he made into the first city of American letters. Many of his works are set there, and almost all of them have a Midwestern earthiness and brashness.” Anyone interested in reading master character development in fiction, then Bellow is a modern titan to study. I really want to read as much of him as possible now.