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A self-made New Yorker well into his middle age, Thomas Mistler has long been a lion of Madison Avenue's powerful advertising world. Now, poised to sell his company for a luxurious sum, Mistler receives alarming news: he has only months to live. But his reaction is not what one would expect. Rather than hysteria, Mistler experiences a sense of clarity and a feeling of being set free. From what, he is unsure. In a decision that breaks the mold of his superbly organized routine, Mistler conceals his illness from his family and seeks a moment of grace to be savored alone in the decadent splendor of Venice. There, he meets a young, lustful photographer and, later, a love from his youth. But his attempts to recapture passion only magnify the reconciliations he has yet to make — with the father to whom he sacrificed his own dreams, the son with whom he has never truly accepted, and the wife to whom he has given everything but respect.

A startling blend of grace and satire, Mistler's Exit is charged with unexpected moments of beauty and eroticism, pathos and humor. Like the city of Venice itself, it is a creation of timeless appeal.

Review:

"There is a compellingly austere, cut-glass clarity to the book." Entertainment Weekly

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"Begley displays the bitter moral intelligence, the fear of emptiness, that has distinguished his late, extraordinary career from the start. Once again he has created a sinister, highly ambiguous protagonist in a haunting, ambivalent work of art." Publishers Weekly

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"Whether the subject is art, religion, literature, fatherhood or friendship, Begley has mined his novel with depth charges that he seems to invite the reader to detonate beneath his own protagonist. The result is a novel that is brilliantly, brutally countercathartic." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[T]his novel of mortality and sexuality, of remembering and reconciling, is ultimately, and ironically, affirming. It testifies to a simple but usually disregarded lesson: that it is better to live fully and die before one's time than to never really live at all." Booklist

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"The chronicling of a patrician life from the inside: sometimes gripping, often familiar, much of the time with airs." Kirkus Reviews

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"This is an art that calls to mind Louis Auchincloss' upper-crust characters, Paul Auster's defiantly unsentimental voice and Alice Munro's vivid, nonsense storytelling. Begley marshals all these elements...and forges a fiction altogether his own." Newsday

Review:

"In this fine novel, Begley probes with intelligence and skill the mind and heart of a famous, fantastically wealthy New Yorker nearing the end of his life." The Boston Sunday Globe

Review:

"Magnificent....A Death in Venice for our time." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

A dying businessman decides to indulge himself with ten days in Venice, the city he loves most in the world, allowing himself to drift for the first time in his life. Has he discovered himself at last?

Synopsis:

A self-made New Yorker well into his middle age, Thomas Mistler has long been a lion of Madison Avenue's powerful advertising world. Now, poised to sell his company for a luxurious sum, Mistler receives alarming news: He has only months to live. But his reaction is not what one would expect. Rather than hysteria, Mistler experiences a sense of clarity and a feeling of being set free. From what, he is unsure. In a decision that breaks the mold of his superbly organized routine, Mistler conceals his illness from his family and seeks a moment of grace to be savored alone in the decadent splendor of Venice. There, he meets a young, lustful photographer and, later, a love from his youth. But his attempts to recapture passion only magnify the reconciliations he has yet to make--with the father to whom he sacrificed his own dreams, the son with whom he has never truly accepted, and the wife to whom he has given everything but respect.

A startling blend of grace and satire, Mistler's Exit is charged with unexpected moments of beauty and eroticism, pathos and humor. Like the city of Venice itself, it is a creation of timeless appeal.

About the Author

Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are Schmidt Delivered, Wartime Lies, The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, About Schmidt, and Mistler's Exit.

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Bookwomyn, February 27, 2007 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I really enjoyed this book. Begley is a good author and has told an interesting story using wonderful prose - it's a step above most modern popular fiction.That it takes place in Venice is an added bonus. I recommend it highly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780449004227
Author:
Begley, Louis
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2, 1999
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98x5.18x.49 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780449004227 Reviews:
"Review" by , "There is a compellingly austere, cut-glass clarity to the book."
"Review" by , "Begley displays the bitter moral intelligence, the fear of emptiness, that has distinguished his late, extraordinary career from the start. Once again he has created a sinister, highly ambiguous protagonist in a haunting, ambivalent work of art."
"Review" by , "Whether the subject is art, religion, literature, fatherhood or friendship, Begley has mined his novel with depth charges that he seems to invite the reader to detonate beneath his own protagonist. The result is a novel that is brilliantly, brutally countercathartic."
"Review" by , "[T]his novel of mortality and sexuality, of remembering and reconciling, is ultimately, and ironically, affirming. It testifies to a simple but usually disregarded lesson: that it is better to live fully and die before one's time than to never really live at all."
"Review" by , "The chronicling of a patrician life from the inside: sometimes gripping, often familiar, much of the time with airs."
"Review" by , "This is an art that calls to mind Louis Auchincloss' upper-crust characters, Paul Auster's defiantly unsentimental voice and Alice Munro's vivid, nonsense storytelling. Begley marshals all these elements...and forges a fiction altogether his own."
"Review" by , "In this fine novel, Begley probes with intelligence and skill the mind and heart of a famous, fantastically wealthy New Yorker nearing the end of his life."
"Review" by , "Magnificent....A Death in Venice for our time."
"Synopsis" by , A dying businessman decides to indulge himself with ten days in Venice, the city he loves most in the world, allowing himself to drift for the first time in his life. Has he discovered himself at last?
"Synopsis" by , A self-made New Yorker well into his middle age, Thomas Mistler has long been a lion of Madison Avenue's powerful advertising world. Now, poised to sell his company for a luxurious sum, Mistler receives alarming news: He has only months to live. But his reaction is not what one would expect. Rather than hysteria, Mistler experiences a sense of clarity and a feeling of being set free. From what, he is unsure. In a decision that breaks the mold of his superbly organized routine, Mistler conceals his illness from his family and seeks a moment of grace to be savored alone in the decadent splendor of Venice. There, he meets a young, lustful photographer and, later, a love from his youth. But his attempts to recapture passion only magnify the reconciliations he has yet to make--with the father to whom he sacrificed his own dreams, the son with whom he has never truly accepted, and the wife to whom he has given everything but respect.

A startling blend of grace and satire, Mistler's Exit is charged with unexpected moments of beauty and eroticism, pathos and humor. Like the city of Venice itself, it is a creation of timeless appeal.

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