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Adrian Weynfeldt, Mitte fünfzig, Junggeselle, großbürgerlicher Herkunft, Kunstexperte bei einem internationalen Auktionshaus, lebt in einer riesigen Wohnung im Stadtzentrum. Mit der Liebe hat er abgeschlossen. Bis ihn eines Abends eine jüngere Frau dazu bringt, sie - entgegen seinen Gepflogenheiten - mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Am nächsten Morgen steht sie außerhalb der Balk ...more
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Published January 2008 by Diogenes
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Lobstergirl
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Cordarrelle Patterson
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The Last Weynfeldt opens with a beautiful woman threatening to jump off a balcony to her death. She decides not to, but once you get to know this character, the scene seems completely unconvincing in retrospect. There are things going wrong in her life, but nothing in the way she is portrayed suggests depression or suicidal feelings. Lorena is a shoplifter, a grifter, a con artist, and she becomes the obsession of the protagonist, Adrian Weynfeldt, an independently wealthy 50-something Zurich na
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Melinda
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Adrian Weynfeldt initially comes across as empathetic, passive almost a misfit, suffering from bouts of melancholy, he’s a bit lonely. A true gentleman, he can’t seem to shake his proper upbringing mixed with painful moments of the phases of his life. As we become more intimate with Adrian we learn he is quite street smart, savvy and a keen observer, extremely aware of both self as well as surroundings including peers. His stealth side really kicks in when he becomes involved with the dicey Lore ...more
Melissa
I received an advanced review copy of this title from New Vessel Press through Edelweiss.

New Vessel Press will publish the English translation of this book in February of 2016, but the book was so good that I couldn’t wait that long to review it. The central figure of the book, Adrian Weynfeldt, is just what the title suggests: he is the last of his family and he is not married and has no children. Adrian’s parents had him later in life and when they died they left Adrian an extensive inheritan
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John
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, library_books
I'm giving this one three stars, although I wouldn't quibble with another reader who might give it four. Adrian was a likable enough main character, but I never felt I was invested in him, as they say. To be honest, the secondary characters held my attention more than the plot itself. Strongest part of the book as far as I was concerned was the Zurich setting, a place I've never been. Glad I read it, and would encourage my Goodreads friends to give it a try if they think it sounds interesting.
Tim
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Der letzte Weynfeldt ist bereits mein siebter Suter und ich empfand ihn als einen seiner besten. Vielleicht hat mich Die dunkle Seite des Mondes noch ein wenig mehr eintauchen lassen. Nur ist aus Urs Blank nun Adrian Weynfeldt geworden, einem deutlich sympathischeren Zeitgenossen, mit deutlich grösserem Vermögen, Anstand und einem besseren Händchen für Kunst & Kultur.

Der letzte Weynfeldt ist ein typischer Suter, eine wahre Ode an das Adjektiv. Das beschreibende Wort ist des Autors prägenste
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Tripfiction
4.5*
Novel set in ZURICH (a perfect gentleman, Swiss-style)



Adrian Weynfeldt is the last person in his family line. He has inherited a superb apartment which has been in his family for many years, with top of the range facilities, views and everything one would expect in a luxury apartment, with full access to wealth and opportunity. He is in his mid 50s, very much a traditional man, signet ring on his finger, a Kennedy hairstyle, tailored suits, regular get togethers with his contemporaries and f
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Keith Currie
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrian Weynfeldt is a very rich man who lives in a vast apartment in Zurich. He has no need to work, but enjoys his job as an appraiser of fine art. A modern Maecenas, he also enjoys giving his money away to artists, who frankly do not appear to deserve it. Personally stunted by his oppressive upbringing, damaged by a love affair in his youth which went disastrously wrong, he remains detached from others, but is increasingly seen as fair game for exploitation. When he meets a young woman who rem ...more
Marcus Hobson
This was very enjoyable and I am on the cusp of giving it four stars.

It is set in the exclusive art world of Zurich, where auctioneer and art connoisseur Adrian Weynfeldt lives an expensive, exclusive and rather remote life. He is particular and fastidious and very set in his routines. But when a beautiful woman sits next to him in a bar one night his world changes forever. He starts to do things that are quite out of character.

But who is the beautiful Lorena and is she really all she seems? Wey
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CVV
"La goutte d'eau était arrivée de quelque part, tout en haut, Weynfeldt n'avait aucune envie de lever les yeux. Pour l'instant, en tous cas, elle était un peu plus haute que la ligne de son regard. C'est certainement dans son sillage que l'eau coulait encore, car la goutte enflait jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit suffisement lourde pour dévaler un bout de trajet avant de rester de nouveau accrochée. A chaque fois que cela se produisait, elle laissait derrrière elle une trace d'eau qui prenait son temps, ...more
Karina
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Prettig gevoel dat ik zo door een roman in het Duits kan cruisen zonder probleem. Martin Suter heeft dan ook een heel duidelijke manier van schrijven die mij wel ligt. Adrian Weynfeldt, een stinkrijke vrijgezel die in de kunstwereld werkt, wordt verliefd op Lorena, aan jonge vrouw die zich niet altijd aan de regels houdt en enigszins autodestructief is. Interessant, maar ook deprimerend, portret van le beau monde in Zürich met alles wat daar bijhoort: profiteurs, kunstvervalsers en dies meer.
Steffi
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Das Ende ist überraschend, dagegen blieb eine Wendung auf die ich die ganze Zeit wartete, nämlich dass Lorena Weynfeldts Tochter ist, aus. Dafür einiges zwischenmenschlich Interessante über Freundschaft und die Schwierigkeiten des Reichseins sowie das Sammeln und Verkaufen von Kunst. Etwas unruhig macht mich immer, wenn man mich nicht wissen lässt, in welcher Stadt eine Geschichte spielt. Soll das Zürich sein?
pam
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, satirical thriller with sly comments on the value of art. I definitely want to read more by Suter.
Elfie
Dec 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Perfect for a rainy day in front of a fireplace.
Juliet Bookliterati
The Last Weynfeldt is one of those wonderful books that are just a pleasure to read.  I'm never sure how much is lost in translation, this book was written in German originally, but I think the essence of the story works in any language and culture.

The title refers to the main character, Adrian Weyndfelt, who is the last in the line of his distinguished family.  Adrian is an art expert, collecting art and working for an auction house valuing and writing details in the catalogues for auctions.  H
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John
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Switzerland book, that I bought in Berne, although it's set in Zurich, but what the hey, it was a limited choice in the lovely Stauffacher bookshop (beware! The cafe has a 20 franc minimum before you can use your credit card, which isn't much at Swiss prices, but still).

It's about a posh old-fashioned Zurich chap (Adrian) who is rich enough to have a pack of friends who hang-on for seemingly little more than the financial advantage of doing so, and who works in the art business because it occ
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Brittany Flores
This is a fantastic book filled with art, manipulation, lost love, misplaced life, and a boatload of money. Our main character, Weynfeldt, although perfectly polite, seems to be completely detached from living. He slowly comes to this realization as a brazen woman comes into his life like a ghost from his past. He starts to question who his real friends are, if performing the same routine everyday is actually living, and what genuine art is. I did get quite upset with him, yelling at the book, s ...more
Claudio
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Splendido affresco di due mondi diversi a Zurigo (anche se il nome della città non viene mai fatto). Una ricchezza antica e un po’ annoiata da una parte, vita sul filo della sopravvivenza dall’altra. Scritto in un tedesco preciso e tagliente come la Bise. Come tutti i libri di Suter. Forse non il mio preferito ma molto bello e avvincente.
Simona Moschini
Mediamente interessante: un protagonista particolare nella sua inettitudine apparente, un'ambientazione molto ricercata, una lotta di classe dove solo i benestanti possono permettersi di essere onesti, e neanche sempre.
Nel complesso, un po' claustrofobico per i miei gusti.
Roman Clodia
This almost has the feel of a C19th novel: leisurely and stately, though the topic of art fraud, forgery, and aesthetic value is modern. It's too slow in places, a bit more zip would have made it feel less ponderous. Well-researched, though, about the art world.
Dina Rahajaharison
"La régularité ralentit le cours du temps. Weynfeldt en était fermement persuadé. Les distractions peuvent certes rendre la vie plus riche en événements, mais elles la raccourcissent aussi à coup sûr."
Ull
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Kann man lesen, aber ob man muss...? Nö
Khelath
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of the book was slow and I nearly grew bored with the characters but I persisted and finally it got more interesting when the darker elements appeared. Patience everyone!
Joan Kerr
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Adrian Weynfeldt is the last of the Weynfeldts in more ways than the obvious. He’s the unmarried childless only son of a rich Swiss family, but even more importantly, his whole being is suffused with his Weynfeldtness, which has gathered up its force and come to rest in him, the last of the line. The family money cushions him from the world and makes it possible for him to function as a kind of genteel ATM for his so-called friends: a talentless scriptwriter, a failed painter, an architect with ...more
Patrick Bättig
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literatur
Er ist Mitte fünfzig, Junggeselle, wohlhabend (wenn nicht sogar reich), und Kunstliebhaber. Ein Lebemann also? Nein, das ist Adrian Weynfeldt nicht wirklich. Ja, er bewohnt diese riesige Wohnung mitten in Zürich, in einem Haus, das ihm gehört, oberhalb einer Bank (wodurch das Haus auch noch mit neuesten Sicherheitsmaßnahmen ausgestattet ist). Ja, er trägt nur maßgeschneiderte Anzüge, hat eine Haushälterin, die nebenbei auch noch vorzüglich kochen kann. Und nochmals ja, er verkehrt auch in einem ...more
Myriam
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Je l'ai lu en français. J'ai trouvé la description de ce petit monde de l'art et de l'argent fascinant. Évidemment, les "pauvres" (dont je suis) peuvent considérer tout cela comme des "problèmes de gens riches", comme on le dit un peu des films de Woody Allen, en réaction à l’absence de problèmes matériels qu'ils rencontrent, et par jalousie pour leur mode de vie. Pourtant, ayant lu également le cuisinier (Der Koche) ainsi que "Le Diable de Milan", je réalise que Martin Suter a la faculté de déc ...more
Anke
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mittendrin, statt nur dabei. Die Hauptperson weckt Empathie, man will sie wach rütteln und drückt die Daumen für einen positiven Ausgang der Geschichte.
Jill Meyer
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swiss author Martin Suter's novel, "The Last Weynfeldt" is a bit of a mystery caper and a fair amount of a character study. Set in Zurich and the art world, the book moves slowly as middle-aged Adrian Weynfeldt, an important member of the market, finds love. Or so he thinks. The problem of the book centers on the main character, Weynfeldt, who, for such a brilliant man, makes a number of very stupid decisions.

If the term "unreliable narrator" is used about a character, I suppose the term "unreli
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Sarah-Hope
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
If you appreciate interesting mystery novels—and by interesting I mean with unusual settings and particularly well-developed, quirky characters—you’ll love The Last Weynfeldt. Adrian Weynfeldt is an art authenticator and appraiser working for an auction house. He lives alone in a roomy apartment filled with original art, enjoying both comfort and predictability.

The Last Weynfeldt opens just as Adrian’s life is turned doubly upside down: he realizes that a painting he’s authenticated is, in fact,
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Pep Bonet
Comme tous les livres de Martin Suter, et j'en suis à mon troisième en peu de tepms, Le dernier des Weynfeldt est un bouquin qu'on lit facilement et avec intérêt. Suter fait une bonne description des personnages et l'histoire se développe un peu comme une histoire sans trop de fonds jusqu'au moment,près de la fin, où tout commence à s'accélerer. Suter maintient son intérêt par les personnes aisées d'une ville suiise dont on ne dit jamais le nom, mais dont on devine le nom: Zurich. L'histoire aus ...more
Alexandra
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: belletristik, schweiz
Adrian Weynfeldt, ein Ableger alten Geldadels lebt in einer Gesellschaft, in der es von Schmarotzern und Betrügern nur so wimmelt. Sehr genau beschreibt Martin Suter, wie jemand bedingt durch seinen Reichtum und seine gute Erziehung Probleme hat, Anderen Grenzen zu setzen, von Habenichtsen ausgenutzt und dann noch zu allem Überfluss ob der ständigen Unterstützung aller auch noch verachtet wird.

Gute treffgenaue Milieustudie - aus der Kunst-, Schickeria- und Gaunerszene, lesenswert und mit überras
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Martin Suter (b. February 29, 1948, Zürich) is a Swiss author. He became known for his weekly column Business Class in the Weltwoche newspaper (1992–2004), now appearing in the Tages-Anzeiger, and another column appearing in "NZZ Folio". Suter has published seven novels, for which he received various awards. He is married and lives in Spain and Guatemala.

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