The Man Who Was Late by Louis Begley

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"Begley writes with a contemplative wisdom that permeates his work....[He] has captured some of the wispy melancholy of midcentury fiction, and this feat in itself is mellifluous to both ear and spirit."

A man without a country or family, a Holocaust survivor, Ben long ago left the wreckage of Europe and recreated himself as a brilliant financier. He rejects the comforts of love and is shocked to discover Veronique--beautiful, unwisely married, and all that Ben suddenly knows he has always needed. In their stolen hours and weekends, their deep commitment to one another fills their lives as nothing ever has. But the question remains: Can Ben finally take what he has always denied himself...?

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 March 2, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 254 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Begley's prize-winning Wartime Lies is followed by this fastidiously (and sometimes artificially) crafted novel that chronicles the life—and the death by suicide—of a talented and successful man who was born a Central European Jew, survived WW II, and emigrated to America with his par...

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Man Who Was Late

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As in his prizewinning first novel, Wartime Lies , Begley has written an ironic narrative from an emotionally displaced person's distinctive point of view. The protagonist here is a middle-aged intern

Nov 30 1992 | Read Full Review of The Man Who Was Late


The novel's convoluted structure makes Begley's feat even more impressive—Ben's subtly devastating story is reconstructed by an old college friend through memories, letters and Ben's own notes.

Mar 29 1993 | Read Full Review of The Man Who Was Late

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