Charlotte was waiting in the street in her furtrimmed suit , grimly handsome and
immense . She was terribly put out at having had to wait , and right away she
started , “ Simon , where have you been ? Do you know how late you are ? ” "
Shut up ...
Author: Saul Bellow
Category: American fiction
As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this novel by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Augie, the exuberant narrator-hero is a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Deptression. A "born recruit," Augie makes himself available for a series of occupations, then proudly rejects each one as unworthy. His own oddity is reflected in the companions he encounters -- plungers, schemers, risk-takers, and "hole-and corner" operators like the would-be tycoon Einhorn or the would-be siren Thea, who travels with an eagle trained to hunt small creatures.