When, a few weeks later, a news bulletin came over the radio that Vincent had been shot while dining in an East Side restaurant, it was a weird pride I felt -- the sense of being a privileged insider, an I-knew-him-when feeling that was quite insensitive to the extremity of his situation. After all, I was a fellow who sat most of the day in his house, living without the normal compliment of friends and associates, and with no practical enterprise to occupy his days, a man with nothing to show for his life but an overworked consciousness of it -- who can blame me for acting like a fool?-- Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow
That pretty much sums up this book about two brothers who live as recluses in their family home. Their tragic story is interspersed with anecdotes about their brushes with major events of the 20th Century. In this case, the shooting of a New York mafioso.
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