Study Guide

Herzog Tough-o-Meter

By Saul Bellow

Tough-o-Meter

Snow Line (8)

Not gonna lie to you: Herzog is lean on plot and heavy on its descriptions of Moses Herzog's tangled psychological issues. This can make the book feel like a tough slog, especially when Herzog gets really philosophical and starts quoting from all kind of poets and thinkers.

But with all that said, the word-by-word language of the book is totally readable if you bear down and focus, and it's totally worth wading through depressive episodes and philosophy name-drops. After all, this is the novel that made Saul Bellow famous (and nabbed him the National Book Award and the Prix International, and helped him win the Nobel Prize).

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