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About Schmidt by Louis Begley
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Jan 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

ABOUT SCHMIDT is a very well-written and intriguing novel which relates the actions and observations of a deeply flawed, and ethically challenged individual. Albert Schmidt is one of the most well-defined fictional characters that I have read in a long time, and reminded me of John Updike's captivating portrait of Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom from many years ago. Both novelists examine White Upper Middle Class Males who are forced to evolve, and try to find their proper place in a world that seems quite different from their youthful aspirations and dreams. And, the reader is presented with very real ethical dilemmas, and not one single easy moral answer is provided.
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