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By Saul Bellow

"It blazes as fiercly and scintillatingly as a woodland fireplace. there's lifestyles right here; a good rage to dwell extra totally. during this it's a massive between novels." (San Francisco Examiner)

Saul Bellow inspires the entire wealthy shades and unique customs of a hugely imaginary Africa during this acclaimed comedian novel a couple of middle-aged American millionaire who, looking a brand new, extra worthwhile lifestyles, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s extraordinary feats of power and his unbridled ardour for all times win him the admiration of the tribe—but it truly is his present for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, usually ribald tale, Henderson the Rain King can be a profound examine the forces that force a guy via life.

This Penguin Classics variation comprises an creation by means of Adam Kirsch.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior by way of introductions and notes by way of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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