Mr Sammler's Planet

Mr Sammler's Planet

Book - 1964
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"Mr. Artur Sammler, a survivor of the Holocaust, haunted by memories of his literal escape from the grave, is living out his days in New York City. An intellectual who once thrived on the great works of Western literature and philosophy, he now occasionally lectures at Columbia University. A "registrar of madness," he records the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul. While the world anticipates the first lunar landing and visions of utopia vie with predictions of imminent apocalypse, Sammler finds himself intrigued by the possibilities of the future, and edges closer toward empathy with his fellow mortals."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : The Viking Press, 1964
ISBN: 9780670493227
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 29, 2017

Filled with description and judgement upon modern urban life (circa 1970), and aphoristic passages and wise insights; not much happens; much of the plot is comical; its also prescient:
"... future would bring excess, pornography, sexual abnormality." (pg. 58). The heart of the novel is the long conversation in chapter five.

Dec 11, 2010

1971 National Book Award - Fiction

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