Saul Bellow: More Die of Heartbreak

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More Die of Heartbreak (1987) recaptures much of the old Bellow energy and comedy, but falls short of the intellectual scope of Herzog or Humboldt's Gift. It illuminates in great detail the tragicomic manner in which modern heterosexual relationships have failed. It is a Prufrockian lament about failed men and absent mermaids which is full of misogynous love-lore, comic characters, botched loves, fatal forays into the danger zones of sex and romance, farcical retreats, and serio-crackpot sexual philosophizing. It is the misogynous self-ironic report of two men exchanging stories of battle wounds received from women they believe to have failed their masculine romantic expectations. The center of consciousness in t…

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Cronin, Gloria. "More Die of Heartbreak". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2003
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