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Humboldt's gift

Of late I am hardly finishing any book. So this time I decided, I will finish Humboldt's gift and started reading even on non-bedtimes.

Charlie Citrine is having very difficult time. His divorce case is running and ex-wife is asking for a bond of two hundred thousand dollars.

He has .lost some money in poker to a small time hoodlum Cantabile. And Cantabile is in revenge mood. First he attacks Charlie's car. He also gets Charlie arrested by telling that Charlie is his hitman.

Then this sixty year old writer Charlie has a young girl friend Renata. Who is only after his money. Charlie knows it but still loves her. As the story proceeds, he takes her to Europe trip and she abandons him and marries another man, before which sending her son to him.

Charlie visits his elder brother Julius who is a big shot builder, has a luxurious house and is about to have an open heart surgery. Julius is a worldly man unlike Charlie who is letting every one loot him. But in his own way Julius is fond of his brother.

All through the reading I felt angry about this extreme Gandhigiri of Charlie. Wanted to shake his head and tell him wake up and protect yourself.

Any ways a good book by Saul Bellow.

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