Matters of Honor by Louis Begley
A Novel

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“Terrifically intelligent, moving, and entertaining.”
–The New York Sun


“With snappy dialogue [and] intelligent prose . . . Begley paints a memorable portrait of lasting friendship and of the strength required to step outside of the expectations that surround each of us.”
–Rocky Mountain News

At the beginning of the 1950s, three disparate young men are thrown together as roommates at Harvard College: Henry White, a Polish-Jewish refugee who survived World War II by hiding in Poland; Archibald P. Palmer III, an Army brat; and Sam Standish, ostensibly the scion of a fine New England family who has just learned that he was adopted at birth by parents he cannot respect. Each seeks to come to terms with his identity or to remake it altogether. Henry’s task is especially daunting: He is determined to live as an American, free of the shackles of his hideous past. But reinvention is a bargain with the devil, and over the years each will find that it comes at a high cost, challenging one’s honor and loyalty to parents, friends, and ultimately oneself.


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

“Absorbing . . . In full Henry James mode, Begley uses a lucid prose style to dispassionately eviscerate the upper classes even as he illuminates the true meaning of friendship.”
–Booklist

“The final moral crisis of Henry’s life [is] gorgeously evoked. . . . Begley’s analysis of class and anti-Semitism in America is often brilliant.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“A moving tale . . . [Begley’s] technique demands attention–and richly rewards it.”
–The New York Observer

“An elegant novel of enduring friendship.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 

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. www.louisbegley.com
 
Published January 23, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The professional success and personal setbacks of a Harvard-educated, Polish-American Jew, as seen by his best friend.

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The three heroes of Louis Begley’s new novel are college friends in the 1950s world of eating clubs, black-tie parties and white-shoe firms.

Jan 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Matters of Honor: A Novel

The New York Times

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Louis Begley’s latest protagonist is a Holocaust survivor in the 1950s.

Feb 04 2007 | Read Full Review of Matters of Honor: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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The author of About Schmidt and Shipwreck , Begley returns with an elegant novel of enduring friendship. Sam Standish, the ado

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Book Reporter

Novelist and retired attorney Louis Begley (ABOUT SCHMIDT,.

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