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As Max Saw It

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"[A] perfectly constructed novel.... The time is 1974, and Max, who is fleeing from the wreckage of his first marriage, is a summer-house guest on Lake Como, where he encounters the two characters who will shape his life over the next 20 years: Charlie Swan, a Harvard classmate from the 1950s turned famous architect...and Toby, a poised and polymorphous teenager who is soo...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 11th 1995 by Ballantine Books (first published 1994)
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William Koon
As Max Saw It by Louis Begley is a careful and skillful reworking of Mann’s Death in Venice. I have always liked Begley’s works, and this is no exception. He is kind of a Marquand with verve. A John Cheever with more attention to details. Read this one when you want a brief, good work that will crawl into your brain spaces and search the crevices.
Feb 02, 2013 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
The lives of two very different men - former classmates at Harvard - converge during a summer reunion at a villa on the shores of Lake Como. Max, a law professor, is fleeing the collapse of his first marriage and has become the ultimate spectator of life. Charlie, a famous architect, is a high-living man of extremes. Max's meeting with Charlie brings him into contact with Toby, Charlie's startlingly beautiful male companion. Both Charlie's and Toby's relationship will ultimately shape Max's life...more
Intriguing mix of characters in this one, and it took me a while to get into it, but eventually won me over. Max is an art queen who's hugely jaded, and the opening scene reminded me in a bad way of all those insufferable rich Manhattanites that Woody Allen is so fond of. Stick with it, as the story becomes better and better. Max is cruel and petty and addicted to beauty. He's fascinating, and the narrator's observation of him, particularly in the framework of AIDS in the 80s, is acute and power...more
Suspect I ready this in response to a NYTBR review. Remember liking it enough but don't remember anything more.
parts of it are rough going, but lovely style, similar to mcewan
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