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MonkeyNotes-Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
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When Bellow published Seize The Day in book form in 1956, he included with it three short stories, "A Father-to-Be," "Looking for Mr. Green," and "The Gonzaga Manuscripts;" all three of the stories deal with the terrible power of money. In Seize The Day, Wilhelm suffers from a lack of money and his father's unwillingness to help him, even though he has saved a fortune in his lifetime. But Dr. Adler has lived through the Depression of the 1930's and knows the fear of losing everything.


Seize The Day shares affinities with Herzog. Both Herzog and Wilhelm are in the midst of a serious domestic crisis when they approach their fathers for money. Both also have extra-marital affairs with catholic girls. Seize The Day also shares some similarities with Dangling Man and The Victim. Bellow extends in Seize The Day, the experiment with the first and third person points of view that he had made in the earlier two works. All three books also present several images of crowds with "imploring, wrathful, despairing" faces.

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