About Schmidt

About Schmidt

by Louis Begley
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About Schmidt by Louis Begley

"A fine new novel... The great pleasure of reading Louis Begley [is] his exceptional literary intelligence."
The New York Times Book Review

"Begley again demonstrates that he can reveal the complexities of society and personality with a clear eye and graceful style... Morethan meets the requirements of graceful fiction."
Time

Proud, traditional, and impeccably organized, Albert Schmidt is a button-down lawyer of the old school.  But now, after years of carefulmanagement, his life is slowly unraveling.  His beloved wife has recently died.  He stumbles--or is he being pushed?--into earlyretirement.  And his daughter, his only child, is planning to marry a man Schmidt cannot approve of, for reasons he can scarcely admit, even to himself.  As Schmidt gropes for resolutions, he finds unexpected hope in an intense passion that comes out of the blue.

Set in the Hamptons and Manhattan, infused with black humor and startling eroticism, About Schmidt is both a meditation on lonelinessand on the power of romance to unlock the most impenetrable recesses of the heart.

"Comical, tough, unsparing; it is as if Louis Auchincloss had exchanged the kid gloves for brass knuckles... Interesting and nervy."
The Washington Post Book World

"A powerful story of a man's fall from grace... The Remains of the Day come[s] to mind."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Stunning."
Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449911167
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Series: Ballantine Reader's Circle Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 906,705
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Louis Begley is the author of four novels. Wartime Lies, which was written when he was in his mid-fifties, was followed by The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, and About Schmidt. He is currently finishing a fifth novel.  Begley has another life, that of a lawyer. He is a senior partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, one of America's most prestigious firms, and is the head of its international practice.

Wartime Lies was the winner of the PEN Hemingway Award, The 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 and numerous other awards.

Begley was born in Stryj, a town that was Polish and is now part of Ukraine, in 1933. Being Jewish, he survived the German occupation by pretending, with the help of false identification papers, to be a Catholic Pole.

Begley and his parents left Poland in 1946 and settled in New York in 1947. Begley graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and after having served in the U.S. army, from Harvard Law School in 1959.

Since 1974, Begley has been married to Anka Muhlstein, a prize-winning French author of biographies and other historical works. The combined family includes five grown children. His are a painter and sculptor, a book critic, and an art historian. Hers are a foreign relations specialist and a television journalist.

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About Schmidt 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Expected it to be a bit more like the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've bought the book for years and only until lately on a long and boring trip that I finally managed to finish it. Perhaps I am not familiar with western culture and values, but as I Chinese, I cannot image a daugther requesting her dad to take money out of his pocket to purchase her share of their house, all because the house will eventually become her property when her dad passed away, and in the meantime, she does not need to pay for the maintainence! She even dare to write to her dad (not even has the courtesy to talk to him in person) about the list of furntiure and siliverware that she would like to take away for her marriage. Schmidt may not be a faithful husband or a 100% upright person. But he does not deserve such a treatment from his daughter whom he loves and cares. How can Charlotte choose to leave Schmidt at this very moment when he lost his wife and his job, just when he needed her most.