As Max Saw It by Louis Begley

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"[A] perfectly constructed novel.... The time is 1974, and Max, who is fleeing from the wreckage of his first marriage, is a summer-house guest on Lake Como, where he encounters the two characters who will shape his life over the next 20 years: Charlie Swan, a Harvard classmate from the 1950s turned famous architect...and Toby, a poised and polymorphous teenager who is soon to become Charlie's protege and lover."     --Time

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Louis Begley's Memories of a Marriage.

About Louis Begley

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Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are About Schmidt, As Max Saw It, The Man Who Was Late, Matters of Honor, Mistler's Exit, Schmidt Delivered, Shipwreck, and Wartime Lies.
Published December 15, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 161 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The paths of Max and Charlie cross frequently over the course of the novel, as Max begins to open his heart to the love of various women, most notably a duplicitous English intellectual who becomes his wife.

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Publishers Weekly

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Max watches as Charlie becomes deeply involved with Toby, a breathtaking young man whom Max describes as ``Eros himself.'' When Toby gets AIDS--unnamed here but unmistakable--Max learns from Charlie what it means to endure, to survive and to surrender.

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Los Angeles Times

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Describing the Saudi passion for birds of prey, Max says to Toby: " 'Training hawks is a very cruel process.

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Entertainment Weekly

Max's friendship with Charlie, renewed some decades after school, is the basis for the narrative arc of the book, As Max Saw It, and Charlie's relationship with his astonishingly beautiful young boyfriend Toby, and Max's with Toby, and Toby's with other people, is its heart.

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