By Saul Bellow

"It blazes as fiercly and scintillatingly as a wooded area fireplace. there's lifestyles the following; an excellent rage to dwell extra absolutely. during this it's a gigantic between novels." (San Francisco Examiner)

Saul Bellow inspires all of the wealthy colours and unique customs of a hugely imaginary Africa during this acclaimed comedian novel a few middle-aged American millionaire who, looking a brand new, extra worthwhile existence, 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's his present for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, usually ribald tale, Henderson the Rain King can also be a profound examine the forces that force a guy via life.

This Penguin Classics version comprises an advent by way of Adam Kirsch.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better through introductions and notes via exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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