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Man Who Was Late

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"Begley writes with a contemplative wisdom that permeates his work....[He] has captured some of the wispy melancholy of midcentury fiction, and this feat in itself is mellifluous to both ear and spirit."
A man without a country or family, a Holocaust survivor, Ben long ago left the wreckage of Europe and recreated himself as a brilliant financier. He rejects
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 12th 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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May 16, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Man Who Was Late is an early novel by the lawyer-novelist Louis Begley. It's a story recounted through the memories, observations and conclusions of a lawyer named Jack, a New York sophisticate much like Begley, about his friend, a banker and fellow Harvard grad, named Ben.

Ben is the man who was late, the man who escaped the slaughter of the Jews in Central Europe in WWII with his parents, and arrived on U.S. shores always a touch out of sync with the society he entered the meritocratic way,
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Jul 02, 2007 Notcathy J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 13, 2011 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy
Recommended to Heidi by: I found it on my shelf.
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very detailed story of a luxe but lacking life, didn't understand where it was going for the first half. so strange to contextualize the 70s in this affluent, mostly french way. the message was mainly lost on me though.
Dec 09, 2009 Bernd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few books I didn't finish as I definitely could not get to grips with either the idea of a man who fails to come in time and the long-winded way to express this banal concept.
Jan 25, 2008 Carri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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