Search Results: "Louis Begley"


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THE MAN WHO WAS LATE by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Often compelling if also frequently mannered: American saga of an immigrant's rise to the outward trappings of a patrician elegance, confidence and wealth, while the empty winds of hollowness and despair visit the heart inside."
Begley's prize-winning Wartime Lies is followed by this fastidiously (and sometimes artificially) crafted novel that chronicles the life—and the death by suicide—of a talented and successful man who was born a Central European Jew, survived WW II, and emigrated to America with his parents in 1947. Read full book review >

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KILL AND BE KILLED by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Begley has written plenty of better novels than this, and there are plenty of authors who write novels like this better."
The second in a series of suspense novels featuring a war hero-turned-bestselling novelist who prefers to exact justice through lethal rather than legal means. Read full book review >

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MATTERS OF HONOR by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2007

"Despite a suicide and a near-fatal beating, this is a generally anemic novel from Begley (Shipwreck, 2003, etc.)."
The professional success and personal setbacks of a Harvard-educated, Polish-American Jew, as seen by his best friend. Read full book review >

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MISTLER'S EXIT by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Begley's fifth (About Schmidt, 1996; As Max Saw It, 1994, etc.) is the tale of a master of finance—advertising, actually—who faces terminal cancer with the same stiff upper lip and commanding refinement that led him through his not- always-appealing life. Read full book review >

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LOUIS by Philip Callow
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2001

"These stylistic tics, along with strained comparisons with the subjects of Callow's other biographies, suggest that the author is addressing no audience other than himself."
Another literary biography from an English novelist who has taken on Chekhov, Lawrence, and Whitman in the past. Read full book review >

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ABOUT SCHMIDT by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A sly, sharp portrait of an amoral but appealing figure, and of the declining world of privilege that has shaped him."
An elegant, precise, droll novel about a lawyer's startling transformation, by the author of Wartime Lies (1991) and The Man Who Was Late (1993). Read full book review >

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AS MAX SAW IT by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1994

"Nonetheless, As Max Saw It is an enjoyable read, most notably for the magnificent character of Charlie Swan, a man so outsized in his feelings and appetites that he dwarfs everyone else in the novel."
In a novel seemingly about a man's coming to terms with his own humanity and the depth of feeling within his heart, Begley (The Man Who Was Late, 1993; Wartime Lies, 1991) is unlikely here to evoke any depth of feeling in the reader's heart. Read full book review >

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WARTIME LIES by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1991

"The settings and characters are vividly drawn, the story well-paced if familiar, but Maciek's guilt remains more an abstract concept than the haunting presence it should be."
Another novel about a Holocaust survivor's guilt—well-told except that the anguish, though regularly evoked, never really moves. Read full book review >

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KILLER, COME HITHER by Louis Begley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Perhaps the author had some fun with this, but the result isn't likely to engage fans of either Begley or thrillers."
A veteran novelist takes an unfortunate turn with this stilted, contrived thriller. Read full book review >

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MEMORIES OF A MARRIAGE by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"Less interesting as a novel than as insight into the mind of a novelist."
Autumn turns to winter in this novel about an author of the novelist's own generation, who reflects upon (among other things) the complex relationships between fiction and life, memory and truth. Read full book review >

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SCHMIDT STEPS BACK by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2012

"The good news is that Schmidt still feels he has 10 years to live, which likely means at least one more novel."
In the third of the Schmidt novels, what had been described as a comedy of manners turns tragic and redemptive. Read full book review >

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SHIPWRECK by Louis Begley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2003

A precious account of an American writer's love affair with a young Frenchwoman. Read full book review >