Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Henderson the Rain King
Saul Bellow


Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson’s awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe – but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.

Paperback, 336pp
Penguin Books, 2007 (1959)
ISBN 9780141188805