What This Life is For: Optimism

Optimism: What This Life is For is a pamphlet about the Canadian-American writer Saul Bellow. His writing is characterized by having exuberant ideas, flashing irony, hilarious comedy and burning compassion. There is a distinctive quality in his writing style that emanates the notion of humans' ability to overcome their frailties and achieve greatness (never blatant, but always constant). The title is derived from Bellow's last words in his Nobel Speech: There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.