Louis Begley’s perceptive novel hums with emotional energy and shimmers with haunting images. A National Book Critics' Circle Award finalist, About Schmidt is a powerful meditation on loneliness, desire, and transformation.
Old-school lawyer Albert Schmidt has spent years carefully climbing the ladder of success. But now, at what should be the pinnacle of his career, his life is in chaos. Within months, he is widowed and forcibly retired from his firm. He harbors painfully mixed feelings about his ambitious daughter’s impending marriage. Suddenly, in the midst of this turmoil, a seductive young woman asks Smitty what he wants.
Far from being a time of satisfaction and complacency, the middle age encountered by Begley’s hero is the beginning of a new journey—tantalizing, yet unnerving. From the first step, Begley draws the listener deeply into a man’s quest for new ways to understand an unstable world.
Would you try another book from Louis Begley and/or George Guidall?
I adore George Guidall but I'm done with Begley.
What could Louis Begley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This was just not my cup of tea so I don't think changing it would have worked for me.
What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?
Guidall never does a anything I would change
Any additional comments?
I'm going to see Nicholson in the movie -- maybe I'll like it better.
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