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By Saul Bellow

Kenneth Trachtenberg, the witty and whimsical narrator of More Die of Heartbreak, has left his local Paris for the Midwest. He has turn out to be close to his liked uncle, the world-renowned botanist Benn Crader, self-described "plant visionary." whereas his experiences take him world wide, Benn, a stressed spirit, has no longer been in a position to fulfill his longings after his first marriage and lives from affair to affair and from "bliss to breakdown." Imagining settled lifestyles will finish his agony, Benn ties the knot back, commencing the door to a flood of recent torments. As Kenneth grapples together with his personal difficulties related to his strange lady-friend Treckie, the 2 males try and determine why proficient and clever humans constantly locate themselves "knee-deep within the rubbish of a private life."
 

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