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Thomas Mistler ein Mann in den frühen Sechzigern bekommt vom Arzt den schrecklichen Befund mitgeteilt Krebs Und daß er nur noch ein paar Wochen höchs This is a bit dry and unemotional for a man who has just received news of his imminent death yet the emotions hover underneath his veneer as a wealthy successful businessman Good for those who like to read about the lives of the elite Overall well written Little Reds Riding Hood the emotions hover underneath his veneer as a wealthy successful businessman Good for The Return of a Gangsters Girl those who like Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, to read about Cut and Run the lives of Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, the elite Overall well written

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Mistler's Exit

Tens ein halbes Jahr zu leben hat Mistler verschweigt seiner Familie die Lage und reist – vorgeblich für ein paar Tage – in das von ihm geliebte Ve I read this book because I had heard good things about this author but I have to say that I don't understand the point of this bookHere's the story Mistler a 60 something director of an advertising agency is told that he has liver cancer and has about 6 months to live He decides not to fight it Instead of telling his wife or son he takes off for Venice What exactly he hopes to do there is not clear but we can assume that he wanted to spend a few days in a favorite spot before his condition became too ugly Waiting for him in his hotel suite is Lina a young photographer he'd met once in NYC Stalker like she had followed him to Venice apparently with the hope of getting some photo assignments from his ad agency Mistler and Lina start a short lived fling that is remarkably devoid of romance passsion or pleasure and that has the reader wondering why Mistler even bothers Inbetween some crude descriptions of sexual acts the reader is then suddenly treated to high falutin' discourses on the art and history of Venice There are also some thoughts about Mistler's relationship with his wife after he found she'd cheated on him with a co founder of the agency he bullied her mercilessly his son alienated his father idolized him and various and sundry There are also some highly technical phone calls to NYC that have to do with the fact that he is trying to sell his ad agency On page 167 out of a 206 page book he meets an old crush so we have sexual speculation And somewhere towards the very end it appears that the love of his life was actually his father's mistress The last pages of the book are probably intended to be highly symbolic in the sense that Mistler spends good money on a small boat that he will never use with a reference to the obol and Chiron the ferryman who ferried the dead souls to the underworld in ancient mythologyI read the whole book because I figured that sooner or later this book would make sense to me But it didn't Was the alternation between crude sexual terms and references to high culture intended to underline how complex Mistler is? Is the purchase of expensive chandeliers for his old love intended to be a gesture of reconciliation? I didn't get it There were lots of strange descriptions like that sleepless whisper page 175 Do whispers every sleep? Do colorless green ideas sleep furiously? The book also had the typographical peculiarity that there were no uotation marks or lines so that the text went from description to person A speaking to person B speaking without any of the classical visual aids to help the reader follow what was going on Again why? An attempt to be different from your run of the mill novel? Finally there is not a single sympathetic person in the book Mistler is a cold manipulative man Lina is ready to sell her body for photo assignments Mistler's wife is described as borderline unbalanced His father's mistress seemed a lovely woman but she pops up only now and then in short anecdotes Bottom line a meandering book that managed very successfully to avoid any meaningful description of a man coming to terms with his mortality Captain Greys Lady this book because I had heard good The Handmaidens things about My Bossy Dolly this author but I have Maternal Justice to say The Ascent of Rum Doodle that I don't understand A Bachelors Baby the point of The Carpenters Daughter this bookHere's A Talent for Surrender the story Mistler a 60 something director of an advertising agency is Orchard Street, Dawn told Stepbrother Dearest that he has liver cancer and has about 6 months Mystery in Spiderville to live He decides not Spring to fight it Instead of Unknown (Anders Knutas, telling his wife or son he A time for being human takes off for Venice What exactly he hopes Stanley and the Women to do The Gene there is not clear but we can assume The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, that he wanted Seasons of Splendour to spend a few days in a favorite spot before his condition became Stage Mum too ugly Waiting for him in his hotel suite is Lina a young photographer he'd met once in NYC Stalker like she had followed him A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife to Venice apparently with The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the hope of getting some photo assignments from his ad agency Mistler and Lina start a short lived fling Salvage that is remarkably devoid of romance passsion or pleasure and Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, that has Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales the reader wondering why Mistler even bothers Inbetween some crude descriptions of sexual acts Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle the reader is Broken Horse (Saddle Club, then suddenly Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible treated Will in the World to high falutin' discourses on Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery the art and history of Venice There are also some How Baking Works thoughts about Mistler's relationship with his wife after he found she'd cheated on him with a co founder of The Birthday Party the agency he bullied her mercilessly his son alienated his father idolized him and various and sundry There are also some highly The Summer House technical phone calls The Seance to NYC Crap Crimes that have Horse Tale (Saddle Club, to do with The Best of Daughters the fact Unclaimed Experience that he is Wilfred Owen trying Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) to sell his ad agency On page 167 out of a 206 page book he meets an old crush so we have sexual speculation And somewhere The Inbetweeners Scriptbook towards Out of Breath (Breathing, the very end it appears A Profound Secret that Moby-Dick the love of his life was actually his father's mistress The last pages of The Double Silence the book are probably intended Enemies of Promise to be highly symbolic in Walking Nature Home the sense Behind Bars that Mistler spends good money on a small boat Walking For Fitness that he will never use with a reference Naked. 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Louis Begley ï 0 review

Nedig Dort will er seinen Abschied inszenieren sich ein letztes Mal dem Leben in die Arme werfen sich mit seiner Jugendliebe in einer amour fou vergesse PS3552E373M57 German authorAd man in Venicesee About Schmidt etc


10 thoughts on “Mistler's Exit

  1. says:

    Begley loves to write about the 60 plus year old man usually of considerable means getting it on with a 25 year old girl He does it in the first two Schmidt books and he does it here in Mistler's Exit His other penchant is to chat in considerable detail about business deals or legal cases or real estate His characters are big time materialists who probably vote Republican but who are nice enough so that you can't tell They are used to dinner parties and servants and polo and the club They enjoy their flings; they are men of the old school after all And let us not forget cocktail hour with it's irreplaceable martini They have all material aspects of their life worked out to a fare thee well Yet into this world of hyper planning and monied perfection steps travail and trepidation Humans can never be free of it strive though they might In the first two Schmidt books it appears in the form of a recently deceased wife who was a paragon of family life the social glue that held it together and a daughter so foolish and unknowing in her life choices that one wonders if there wasn't some switch made among the bassinets at the hospital Still reading


  2. says:

    It's not easy for me to give a low rating to something by an able and critically respected novelist I had no trouble reading the book which was strong on Venice atmosphere echoes of Mann It is in the mold of Maruand and Auchincloss both of whom I read with affection yet leaves a bitter taste very unlike the work of the other twoAs you will know from other reviews the book is about a successful New York ad man in his early 60s born to wealth He has just been told he has cancer that has invaded the liver and has chosen not to try chemo What he decides to do then is not a triumph of the human spiritThere are some really moving pages in which he drafts a letter to his adult son a grad student in California who is not alienated from him but with whom he would like a deeper relationship The rest is kind of tawdry I did not see any nobility in his end of life plans only selfishness and despair


  3. says:

    This is a bit dry and unemotional for a man who has just received news of his imminent death yet the emotions hover underneath his veneer as a wealthy successful businessman Good for those who like to read about the lives of the elite Overall well written


  4. says:

    I read this book because I had heard good things about this author but I have to say that I don't understand the point of this bookHere's the story Mistler a 60 something director of an advertising agency is told that he has liver cancer and has about 6 months to live He decides not to fight it Instead of telling his wife or son he takes off for Venice What exactly he hopes to do there is not clear but we can assume that he wanted to spend a few days in a favorite spot before his condition became too ugly Waiting for him in his hotel suite is Lina a young photographer he'd met once in NYC Stalker like she had followed him to Venice apparently with the hope of getting some photo assignments from his ad agency Mistler and Lina start a short lived fling that is remarkably devoid of romance passsion or pleasure and that has the reader wondering why Mistler even bothers Inbetween some crude descriptions of sexual acts the reader is then suddenly treated to high falutin' discourses on the art and history of Venice There are also some thoughts about Mistler's relationship with his wife after he found she'd cheated on him with a co founder of the agency he bullied her mercilessly his son alienated his father idolized him and various and sundry There are also some highly technical phone calls to NYC that have to do with the fact that he is trying to sell his ad agency On page 167 out of a 206 page book he meets an old crush so we have sexual speculation And somewhere towards the very end it appears that the love of his life was actually his father's mistress The last pages of the book are probably intended to be highly symbolic in the sense that Mistler spends good money on a small boat that he will never use with a reference to the obol and Chiron the ferryman who ferried the dead souls to the underworld in ancient mythologyI read the whole book because I figured that sooner or later this book would make sense to me But it didn't Was the alternation between crude sexual terms and references to high culture intended to underline how complex Mistler is? Is the purchase of expensive chandeliers for his old love intended to be a gesture of reconciliation? I didn't get it There were lots of strange descriptions like that sleepless whisper page 175 Do whispers every sleep? Do colorless green ideas sleep furiously? The book also had the typographical peculiarity that there were no uotation marks or lines so that the text went from description to person A speaking to person B speaking without any of the classical visual aids to help the reader follow what was going on Again why? An attempt to be different from your run of the mill novel? Finally there is not a single sympathetic person in the book Mistler is a cold manipulative man Lina is ready to sell her body for photo assignments Mistler's wife is described as borderline unbalanced His father's mistress seemed a lovely woman but she pops up only now and then in short anecdotes Bottom line a meandering book that managed very successfully to avoid any meaningful description of a man coming to terms with his mortality


  5. says:

    As usual I enjoyed this book like others he has written although I cannot really identify with the characters similar to how I felt about Memories of a Marriage


  6. says:

    Mistler's Exit is a short book about a powerful New York adman who had just learned he has terminal cancer It's beautifully written Definitely the point of view of a rich powerful man which is interesting to me because it's so other Enjoyable


  7. says:

    I read this book mainly because it was set in VeniceHowever I found it rather dry although the idea of how Mistler dealt with a terminal diagnosis was unusualHis life didn't seem to have much meaning


  8. says:

    A little dry but interestingeasy read for anyone interesting in writing


  9. says:

    PS3552E373M57 German authorAd man in Venicesee About Schmidt etc


  10. says:

    Out of the four books I have read by him I like this one the least Of course this is the one that won all the awards Go figure