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Schmidt Delivered (Schmidt)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  112 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 31, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”She wore the smallest of bikinis. Strings around her waist and between her legs that held in place a triangle of red cloth. Two smaller triangles of the same cloth attached to strings covered her nipples. Unbroken, luxurious tan; a salacious invitation to dream of the hours she spent lying in the sun naked. He took her in proudly, noting that even her feet were brown. A savage virgin goddess: no, a temple whore, ministering to adepts of Eastern mysteries. When she untied the cotton kerchief she ...more
Jun 03, 2012 William1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, us, 20-ce
Author Begley was a lawyer for a large New York firm before retiring, I believe, at sixty or so. He is a superb writer. This is the second volume of what is so far a trilogy. I’ve yet to read the third volume, just out, called Schmidt Steps Back.

When we last saw Schmidt at the end of About Schmidt he had miraculously secured the favors of a 25 year old beauty for himself (he's in his early sixties), had become estranged from his wacky daughter who has a tendency to make decisions that go against
Everything you need to know about WASPs? It's a bleak picture that Begley paints in both this book and the earlier "About Schmidt". I checked out both from the library at the same time, or probably wouldn't have read the second. Dunno.

It's a very arid moral landscape the Alfred Schmidt inhabits. Retired lawyer, from a "good" firm, living in the Hamptons with a very young girlfriend. Why she stays? One of the mysteries of life, I guess. Schmidt's veneer of good manners, good breeding and moderate
Laurie Stoll
Dec 26, 2013 Laurie Stoll rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
There were a couple things that kept me from enjoying this story. First is the fact that there are no quotation marks used in Schmidt Delivered. This made it confusing for me to follow. Sometimes Schmidt would be talking and other times he would be thinking...

Also, the description on the inside jacket begins with the words Albert Schmidt proud gentleman........I guess I should have read a little further. I don't understand how proud gentleman turns into a live in girlfriend younger than Schmidt'
Sep 09, 2014 Jgknobler rated it liked it
Although I enjoy Begley on the subjects of money and ungrateful children, his preoccupation with beautiful sexy young women is beginning to jar. In fact, in this novel, he slyly has a late-appearing minor character, a writer, a "prick" and an anti-semite who is "100% Jewish," discuss how all his books except the first are about men screwing young women, I believe he says people find them"unpleasant," but I couldn't find this passage when I went looking, so perhaps it is only me who finds them ...more
Jul 30, 2016 Ilona rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on, 2016
I read and enjoyed the first Schmidt book, but this one, I just couldn't stomach, primarily because I absolutely loathed his awful, awful daughter. I abhor it when adults acts like petulant 14-year-olds. She was absolutely insufferable, and I could not force myself to finish a book that involved her as much as this one did. Ugh.
Dec 11, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was ok
You know those books you keep reading because you think it has to get better? Well, this one does, but the ending is not so good as to offset all the time spent reading about a whiny old man, his slutty girlfriend, and his bitchy daughter. Blech.
Ann Marie Marie
May 13, 2009 Ann Marie Marie rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Wasn't too sure when I first started it, but I loved the setting although I had never been to the Hamptons and the characters were a whacky bunch. The satire made the book worth reading for me. It reminded me of the Rabbit books by Updike.
Jul 12, 2012 Marion rated it really liked it
Even better than About Schmidt because Schmidt begins to grow up and develops some compassion. He also matures in his relationship with his estranged daughter.
It's wry humor wraps around the wisdom that comes from living a flawed life and slowly awakening to personal consequences.
Dick Muir
Aug 26, 2012 Dick Muir rated it really liked it
A continuation of the wonderful story of middle age angst and life after early or forced retirement.
Jul 02, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing in many ways. I have the 3rd book in this series in my book bag--I hope that one is better.
May 26, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it
The second in the Schmidt series. Another well-crafted Begley effort, with a simpler plot line than his first one, and shorter in length. Schmidt does grow on one, after one gets used to him!
Sep 04, 2012 Lauri rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not quite as good as the first Schmidtie book, but enjoyable nonetheless...I can follow the foibles of Schmidtie for some time to come, he is never boring (even though he thinks he is!)
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Louis Begley is an American novelist.

Begley was born Ludwik Begleiter in Stryi at the time part of Poland and now in Ukraine, as the only child of a physician. He is a survivor of the Holocaust due to the multiple purchases of Aryan papers by his mother and constant evasion of the Nazis. They survived by pretending to be Polish Catholic. The family left Poland in the fall of 1946 and settled in N
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