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Last of the Old Guard By Louis Auchincloss,

  • Title: Last of the Old Guard
  • Author: Louis Auchincloss
  • ISBN: 9780547152752
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The American master Louis Auchincloss offers an intimate look behind the closed doors of a prominent New York law firm.Nearing the end of his days, Adrian Suydam, half the partnership of the law firm of Suydam Saunders, reflects on his lifelong friendship and business relationship with Ernest Saunders, a tragic and complicated man incapable of properly loving anyone.The American master Louis Auchincloss offers an intimate look behind the closed doors of a prominent New York law firm.Nearing the end of his days, Adrian Suydam, half the partnership of the law firm of Suydam Saunders, reflects on his lifelong friendship and business relationship with Ernest Saunders, a tragic and complicated man incapable of properly loving anyone In this perceptive novel, set against the backdrop of old New York, Auchincloss exposes the temptations and vicissitudes that thrust his characters toward unforeseen fates Drawing on his career as a wills and trusts attorney, Auchincloss elegantly brings to life a stratum of society that few have seen Through interwoven tales of family members, clients, and such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and the Astors, readers get an insider s look at a secretive world Touching, comical, and erudite, Last of the Old Guard is both a revealing history of a high profile law firm and an intimate portrait of a poignant friendship between two men.
    Last of the Old Guard The American master Louis Auchincloss offers an intimate look behind the closed doors of a prominent New York law firm Nearing the end of his days Adrian Suydam half the partnership of the law firm

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    1. January 2013The death of my famous law partner, Ernest Saunders, my lifelong friend and exact contemporary, two years ago, in 1942, at the age of eighty four, has left me the prey, not only of a peculiar loneliness, the perverse kind that waits on one who is still surrounded by a persistently friendly world, but also the kind that is flooded by the ungovernable tide of mixed reminiscence that inundates the emptiness of old age Last of the Old Guard, p 1 Ahhhh, that s the stuff.That Auchincloss, [...]

    2. This came out in 2008, which is amazing, because that makes it like, a late, late, late Edith Wharton novel Obviously, I love it.

    3. If you re the kind of reader who enjoys delving in the private affairs of the moneyed elite, you re probably already a fan of the works of Evelyn Waugh, Edith Wharton and Henry James For me, the central charm of Waugh s Brideshead Revisited lay in my opportunity to join Charles Ryder as he burrowed into the mysteries and complexities of the rarefied lifestyle enjoyed and suffered by his fellow Oxford student, Sebastian Flyte I shared Ryder s ambivalent fascination as he explored the Flyte family [...]

    4. His last novel Draws on his experience with the law in depicting Old New York Novel takes place in 1942, with Narrator in his 80s recalling his friendship with Teddy Roosevelt and other major figures of the time, Auchincloss himself, as a child, knew Roosevelt personally If you like Edith Wharton, this is a good place to start with a writer who revered her as a role model.

    5. Adrian Suydam is the last of the old guard He is also the narrator of our story, the story of Ernest Saunders While telling the story of his legendary law partner, Adrian also tells us the story of his life Both men were lawyers in old New York Heck, Adrian even knew Teddy Roosevelt With the help of memos from other characters, Adrian describes New York society, status, history, law, friendship, business, and family While slim 212 pages , this novel is full of beautiful prose and complex and int [...]

    6. Not a great read but certainly a very satisfying one Louis Auchincloss paints detailed picture of a former time early 1900 s through the lens of the New York upper class Specifically, this story reflects the interwoven lives of 2 friends who together build a successful law partnership My aunt is in her late 80 s and sent me this copy of Last of the Old Guard after she finished reading it Now i will enjoy talking with her and getting her perspective about this time period and the references to ea [...]

    7. Really old man writes a book about a really old man writing about the life of a really old man But really, it is interesting, and he, the author, was really a boyhood friend of Theodore Roosevelt, who is afriend of the man he writes about in this book also What can I say, I loved it Terrific writing about an intriguing part of history of this country A glimpse into the emotional lives of rich, aristocratic men.

    8. Saunders Suydam, law partners between 1880s 1940s, of old money, second generation New York City stock This was an engrossing novel set in the history and politics and rising industrialism of the time as s and manners shape relationships Auchincloss, author of than 60 books, has been honored as a Living Legend for his literary legacy I encourage everyone to take at least one sip of his masterful depictions of high end society.

    9. Lawyer Adrian Suydam explores the personality of his law partner and best friend Ernest Saunders in this leisurely paced character study Adrian and Ernest meet as students, form a successful New York City law firm, and remain staunch friends until Ernest s death in 1942 at the age of 84 Details of a past era of privilege are skillfully woven throughout the story of two friends sharing their professional and personal lives.

    10. Plot CWriting CVocabulary CLevel EasyRating PG13Worldview Do good to oneself most of all.A narrative history of the powerful New York City lawfirm of Saunders Suydam told from the perspective of the dying Suydam himself as he looks back over his life and that of his partner Saunders, recounting anecdotes It s rather a dry read, and would only be of interest to history buffs.

    11. Takes place in 1883 New York2 best friends become high powered attorneys The story is told by one of the friends and deals somewhat in each of their families but the book is mostly about the two partners relationship I stuck with it because of the time period in New York City Short read, 212 pages, but not sure I would recommend it.

    12. Auchincloss can always be relied upon for precise, beautifully grammatical prose, but this book was something of a disappointment The players were not sufficiently fleshed out for a character study and the plot was nonexistent.

    13. Not so nice picture of what happens behind closed doors of the very rich and upper class in New York City in the 1800 s I liked it.

    14. Hard to stick with this story that is a reflection of the life of a retired attorney when the world was ruled by men.

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