“All human accomplishment has this same origin, identically. Imagination is a force of nature. Is this not enough to make a person full of ecstasy? Imagination, imagination, imagination! It converts to actual. It sustains, it alters, it redeems!”
– Henderson and the Rain King, Saul Bellow
Henderson the Rain King is a 1959 novel by Saul Bellow. It was ranked 21 on Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels. The book’s blend of philosophical discourse and comic adventure has helped make it one of Bellow’s most enduringly popular works. It is said to be Bellow’s own favorite amongst his books.