Book Reviews of Humboldt's Gift

Humboldt's Gift
Humboldt's Gift
Author: Saul Bellow
ISBN-13: 9780380006557
ISBN-10: 0380006553
Publication Date: 9/1976
Pages: 471
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Here's what the back cover says: "Never has Saul Bellow's unsurpassed genius for creating full-blooded characters been so penetrating, so charged with exuberant vitality, as in HUMBOLDT'S GIFT. Here Renata, all-woman and then some...Rinaldo, junior-league Mafioso tough...and Charlie, living legend with a frenzied out destinies complicated by the unforgettable Humboldt. And Humboldt--drinker, lover, sometimes bum, and lifetime shadow of Charlie Citrine--plots a dubious revenge for services rendered in the name of friendship."

Here's what I say: I almost never put a book down, but I got as far as pg. 110 out of 471. The characters may be full-blooded in someone's mind, but not mine. They were cartoon caricatures at best. Sorry, Mr. Bellow, this one's not my cup of tea.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a tough read but well worth working through. Masterful prose!