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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (October 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375410880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375410888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As the title indicates, the dire situation that Begley's protagonist, elderly, retired Wall Street lawyer Albert Schmidt, found himself in on the final page of About Schmidt resolved itself more happily than readers would have predicted. Now, a few months later, Schmidt is living in Bridgehampton, Long Island, with his beloved Carrie, a bodacious, promiscuous 24-year-old Puerto Rican ex-waitress. Surprisingly, she has refused Schmidt's proposal of marriage, and he is concerned about what the future will bring. So, apparently, are the only two friends he has maintained in the reclusive life he and Carrie maintain. His former Harvard roommate, filmmaker Gil Blackman, and his new, intrusive friend, billionaire Michael Mansour, an Egyptian-Jew, both give him advice on how to hold on to Carrie. (The monstrously egotistical Mansour, meanwhile, offers Carrie a million dollars to sleep with him.) Schmidt's life has other complications. His self-absorbed, truculent daughter, Charlotte, is in trouble and needs money. Charlotte's Jewish husband, Jon Riker, for whom Schmidt had finagled a partnership in his old white-shoe law firm, has been discovered passing secret documents to his lover, and has been fired. Then Carrie, as Schmidt feared, humiliates him with a new liaison. Worse trials are to come, with blows to Schmidt's emotions, pocketbook and self-esteem, and yet he achieves a bittersweet breakthrough of understanding and acceptance. Begley describes the ultra-rich, ultra-sybaritic Hamptons scene with dry relish. He proves adept at depicting sexual activities in Schmidt's bed, and he has a great ear for father-daughter bickering. Schmidt's unconscious anti-Semitism is even more ironic in this chapter of his life, and Begley plays that irony to the hilt. If he also loads the deck, making Mansour too smarmy, Charlotte too stubborn and obtuse, and Carrie unconvincingly angelic yet sluttish, his textured portrait of bewildered Schmidt is a triumph of empathy and compassion. (Oct.)

Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Here is another novel About Schmidt, Begley's prickly, beleaguered hero. Now his daughter is back home, the Puerto Rican waitress he pines for won't marry him, and a mysterious Egyptian billionaire may prove to be his salvation.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Many readers of Begley's stunning first novel, the semi-autobiographical "Wartimes Lies", have been disappointed by his later work. It has been my impression that he has taken a while to find his voice, but each of his later novels has been better than the last. "Schmidt Delivered" is the best to date. It is both comical and poignant. Begley writes from the point of view of his protagonists, and his earlier novels were often solipsistic, with too little sense of interaction and at times limited sensitivity to secondary characters. "Schmidt Delivered" has a satisfying richness of portraiture and of interaction. It is also a sunnier novel than any of his earlier works, with a complex but happy ending. I recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ReggieRoy on July 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After thoroughly enjoying "About Schmidt" I found the first 200 pages of this 300 page book quite dark. Most of the characters were none too likable, including Schmidtie. But I am soooo glad I finished the book. It was an excellent character study and very well written. My only gripe -- why did the publisher/editor leave out the quotation marks around all of the conversation? Is that just an affectation, or is it supposed to have some significance?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bryan L. Jones on April 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Begley claims quotation marks make his pages unsightly. He can use them or not, it's a free country, but there's a reason most of the civilized world uses the darn things. It's called clarity. Having dug my way through both Schmidt books without the benefit of adequate puncutation I'd highly recommend Begley give it up and bow to convention. However neat the pages appear, it just ain't worth it. And since when did anyone care about neat-looking pages? That said, Schmidt Delivered was a satisfying experience, mostly due to Begley's memorable characters. Hope the little guy has at least one more Schmidt book in his quiver and that he relents and uses those darn quotation marks to help us keep the musings and the speeches separate.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathrin on January 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading "About Schmidt". Of course I had to read the sequel... and was utterly disappointed. Begley had nothing left to write about. Many times he keeps repeating dialogues. I wonder who made the decision to write another book about Schmidt. Maybe the reason was the success of the first book. Well, it was a mistake. It leaves a sour taste. Many times I was thinking: "Ok, now that is the fantasy of an old man, who would like it to be that way." There just was not much story to tell anymore, because everything was said in the first book.
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