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  • Bellow at his best ... funny, vibrant, ironic, self-mocking and wise

    San Francisco Examiner
  • There was something about Humboldt's Gift - the sheer ecstatic pleasure of the writing, the intensity of the imagery, the entrancing ability to combine high comedy with deeply serious intellectual ideas, the astonishing talent for describing faces, the warm affection for Chicago characters - which excited me almost beyond endurance

    Justin Cartwright, New Statesman
  • It has always been on the cards that Saul Bellow would write The Great American Novel. With Humboldt's Gift, I think that he has achieved this.

    David Holloway, Telegraph

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