Thomas Mistler, ein Mann in den frühen Sechzigern, bekommt vom Arzt den schrecklichen Befund mitgeteilt: Krebs. Und daß er nur noch ein paar Wochen, höchstens ein halbes Jahr, zu leben hat. Mistler verschweigt seiner Familie die Lage und reist – vorgeblich für ein paar Tage – in das von ihm geliebte Venedig. Dort will er seinen Abschied inszenieren, sich ein letztes Mal deThomas Mistler, ein Mann in den frühen Sechzigern, bekommt vom Arzt den schrecklichen Befund mitgeteilt: Krebs. Und daß er nur noch ein paar Wochen, höchstens ein halbes Jahr, zu leben hat. Mistler verschweigt seiner Familie die Lage und reist – vorgeblich für ein paar Tage – in das von ihm geliebte Venedig. Dort will er seinen Abschied inszenieren, sich ein letztes Mal dem Leben in die Arme werfen, sich mit seiner Jugendliebe in einer amour fou vergessen....
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mistlers abschied Reviews
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.
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 Marquand and Auchincloss, both of whom I read with affection, yet leaves a bitter taste very unlike the work of the other two.As 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 spirit.There 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.
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.
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 book.Here'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 more 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 mythology.I 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 quotation 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.
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.
I read this book mainly because it was set in Venice.However, I found it rather dry although the idea of how Mistler dealt with a terminal diagnosis was unusual.His life didn't seem to have much meaning
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.
Extremely well-written but oddly dissatisfying. No real ending - it just stops.
PS3552E373M57. German author...Ad man in Venice....see About Schmidt, etc.
A little dry, but interesting/easy read for anyone interesting in writing