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About Schmidt: a Novel [Hardcover]

Louis Begley
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1 May 1997
As he tries to make his life habitable again--after the devastating loss of his wife--retired lawyer Albert Schmidt finds the possibility of regeneration in a new love the old "Schmidtie" would never have dreamt of. Set in the Hamptons and Mahnattan, and laced with black humor, About Schmidt casts a cold, pitiless eye on the eastern seaboard upper class, the last vestiges of once-ascendant WASPs, and the newcomers whose fortunes are rising.

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  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Prima edizione (First Edition) edition (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679450335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679450337
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Begley is a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton,a prestigious US law firm. Wartime Lies was the winner of the PEN Hemingway Award, The 1991 Irish Times Aer Lingus International Prize, and the Prix Medicis Etranger, France's most coveted prize for fiction in translation. It was a National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award, and National Book Critics' Circle Award finalist. About Schmidt was likewise a National Book Critics' Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. Begley has received the American Academy of Letters prize for literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 9 Oct 1997
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I read this novel when I became saturated with suspense thrillers and mysteries. I was pleasantly surprised. It almost came up to the standard of the review in the New Times Book Review which prompted me to read it.You will enjoy the prose once you get used to the writing style which uses no quotations - you must pay attention to wehther or not the characters are speaking or just thinking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, but wrapped up too abruptly 26 Oct 1998
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Begley writes beautifully; his prose is seemingly effortless, although I'm sure it took many drafts to make it seem that way. Schmidt is a compelling protagonist, and his story is artfully told -- at least until the final fifty pages or so. The ending is far too abrupt, and the loose ends are tied up so neatly (and so much in Schmidt's favor) as to be unbelievable. It's not simply a compliment to Begley's writing style to say I wanted the book to go on longer; the story itself demanded to be longer. A more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read 13 Jan 1998
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If you are even thinking about reading this book, then just do it! Begley's fascinating style and subtle wit makes this book a joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will recommend to friends, family etc. :-) 23 July 2014
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This book left me empty and unsatisfied. The writing style is not engaging nor is the basis of the story.
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