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by Saul Bellow

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Augie March is a Jewish-American boy growing up fatherless and poor in Depression-era Chicago. He seeks a "special destiny", although his circumstances seem to position him for a uniquely disappointing life: his family consists of a simple-minded mother, a brother and "grandmother" who prove to be Machiavellian in their intentions, and an "idiot" youngest brother, Georgie.

In the absence of the father, Grandma Lausch offers Augie and his brother, Simon, lessons in how to survive and succeed. She teaches them first and foremost that respect is superior to love. After some time, Grandma Lausch suggests that the family place Georgie into a home for the impaired. The shock of losing Georgie, an embodiment of pure love, destabilizes the very…

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Posted By gregory m #43426 at Jul 23, 2007 7:51 PM

Chicago as setting

Why is the use of Chicago important for the novel's setting?

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Posted By tammy j #63258 at Sep 03, 2008 1:43 AM

does the name augie march mean anything?

does the name augie march have any meaning or is it just made up?

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