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Schmidt Delivered by Louis Begley

Schmidt Delivered

by Louis Begley

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this book confirmed that i don't like his writing style at all. but it also clarified more about why i didn't like about schmidt. he writes about this main character that is a petty, annoying, unlikeable man, which is an ok thing to do. but he gives us no insight into his motivation or into what makes him this person, so we can't relate at all, or care at all. this crystallized for me in the first third of this book, which i found such a waste (why was i reading again about this man i couldn't stand, who was doing things that didn't seem believable, with writing i don't like). somehow, the last two thirds, until the final 10 pages or so, became much more entertaining. i don't know what happened, but it was suddenly more readable. not that i'm recommending it. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
Olin PS3552.E373 S38x 2000
  coolmama | Mar 15, 2012 |
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Recently widowed, Albert Schmidt has triumphantly rediscovered domestic bliss in the Hamptons with Carrie, the Puerto Rican waitress who is younger than his daughter. Schmidt is content with keeping his own hours and steering his own course, even as he becomes entertained--and increasingly ensnared-- by the odd billionaire Michael Mansour. Among Schmidt's other heartbreaks and delights is the scandal engulfing his detested son-in-law. Where will it all lead? Is Mansour a true friend or just a big cat playing with a WASP mouse? Can May and December remain on the same calendar as the sun sets? Through it all, one thing is clear: Schmidt has found a new life far beyond the deck chair.

With the elegance and mordant wit readers have come to expect of him, Louis Begley has created a magnificent story of how virtue may be rewarded.

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