By Louis Begley
As he attempts to make his existence liveable again--after the devastating lack of his wife--retired attorney Albert Schmidt reveals the potential for regeneration in a brand new love the outdated "Schmidtie" could by no means have dreamt of. Set within the Hamptons and Mahnattan, and laced with black humor, approximately Schmidt casts a chilly, pitiless eye at the japanese seaboard top category, the final vestiges of once-ascendant WASPs, and the beginners whose fortunes are rising.
BONUS: This variation contains an excerpt from Louis Begley's Memories of a Marriage.
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Nicely put! Thanks for the old-fashioned sentiment. Congratulations! You are the first to know, Al. I haven’t even told my parents. Schmidt disliked being called Al, slightly preferring Albert, which was his given name and, therefore, couldn’t be helped. He wondered why Riker wasn’t handling him better. A tiff with Charlotte over breakfast, while the paternal heart was breaking in the cellar? Getting even, because of the bizarre flashback to the days when, as a young associate, he had been afraid of Schmidt?
Don’t they crush glasses at Jewish weddings for good luck? I guess I’m getting in practice. He looked at Jon. You’ve got a long way to go, Al! It’s the groom who crushes the glass with his foot, not the disappointed father with his hand, and the bride and the groom first drink wine out of it. Remember, wine not blood. Jews aren’t big on drinking human blood, but they’re very big on guilt. So they drink the wine to show that they are about to experience the greatest possible joy, and right away the man has to break the glass, as a reminder of the destruction of the temple.
He wondered why Riker wasn’t handling him better. A tiff with Charlotte over breakfast, while the paternal heart was breaking in the cellar? Getting even, because of the bizarre flashback to the days when, as a young associate, he had been afraid of Schmidt? Second thoughts? Then pick up the telephone. It’s past ten. And don’t use your credit card. Thanks, Al. I’ll do it from the room. That way I’ll catch Charlotte before she comes downstairs and will get her to speak to them too. Do that. Since when do you call me Al?