Amis once wrote of his first encounter with saul bellow on an assignment as a journalist.
Norman Mailer, John Updike, and saul bellow are in a category of their own: Prick Lit.
Novelist Jess Walter recommends his favorites, from saul bellow to Bukowski.
apparently from Old English bylgan "to bellow," from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Originally of animals, especially cows and bulls; used of human beings since c.1600. Related: Bellowed; bellowing. As a noun from 1779.