Mr. Sammler’s Planet

By Saul Bellow
Read by Wolfram Kandinsky

11.59 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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Mr. Artur Sammler is, above all, a man who has lasted, from the civilized pleasures of English life in the 1920s and 30s through the war and death camps in Poland. Moving now through the chaotic and dangerous streets of New York’s Upper West Side, Mr. Sammler is attentive to everything, and appalled by nothing. He brings the same dispassionate curiosity to the activities of a black pickpocket on an uptown bus, the details of his niece Angela’s sex life, and his daughter’s lunacy as he does to the extraordinary theories of one Dr. V. Govinda Lal on the use we are to make of the moon now that we have reached it. Beneath this novel’s comedy, sadness, shocking action, and superb character-drawing there runs a strain of speculation, both daring and serene, on the future of life on this planet—Mr. Sammler’s planet—and any other planets for which we may be destined.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the National Book Award in 1971

Mr. Artur Sammler is, above all, a man who has lasted, from the civilized pleasures of English life in the 1920s and 30s through the war and death camps in Poland. Moving now through the chaotic and dangerous streets of New York’s Upper West Side, Mr. Sammler is attentive to everything, and appalled by nothing. He brings the same dispassionate curiosity to the activities of a black pickpocket on an uptown bus, the details of his niece Angela’s sex life, and his daughter’s lunacy as he does to the extraordinary theories of one Dr. V. Govinda Lal on the use we are to make of the moon now that we have reached it.

Beneath this novel’s comedy, sadness, shocking action, and superb character-drawing there runs a strain of speculation, both daring and serene, on the future of life on this planet—Mr. Sammler’s planet—and any other planets for which we may be destined.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Listening to Wolfram Kandinsky’s outstanding reading of the novel makes you realize that you should not confuse Bellow with Sammler…Kandinsky’s energetic recording of this provocative novel is full of variety in tone and rhythm; he renders the different voices of the characters so skillfully that one forgets that there is only one reader performing.”  Allan Chavkin, Southwest Texas State University 
“Kandinsky's voice is the perfect complement to Bellow's carefully polished words and phrases. He deliciously savors and expands upon every nuance…Brilliant in print, this audio production will entice a new generation to experience the wit and intelligence of a work that has matured like fine wine since its introduction in 1970.”  AudioFile
“[A] welcome addition in audio format. Wolfram Kandinsky reads in a clear, appropriate voice without lapsing into excessive dramatization.”  Library Journal

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Author Bio: Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow (1915–2005), author of numerous novels, novellas, and stories, was the only novelist to receive three National Book Awards. He also received the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize in Literature, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction. During the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, Bellow served as a war correspondent for Newsday. He taught at New York University, Princeton, and the University of Minnesota and was chairman of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English