Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

This novel explores the friendship between a successful writer and his mentor, a once-celebrated poet now living in poverty and mental instability. As the protagonist navigates his own existential crisis amidst a life of material success, he reflects on the ideals of his mentor and the nature of art and personal ambition. The narrative grapples with themes of materialism, the purpose of art, and the spiritual emptiness of modern life.

The 538th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 664

Since this book was first published in 1975, there is a penalty of 1.6%. The age adjusted score is 653.38.

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