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Matters of Honor

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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.

“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)

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Hardback Editions

January 2007 : USA Hardback

Title: Matters of Honor
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-307-26525-0 / 978-0-307-26525-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2008 : USA Paperback

Title: Matters of Honor: A Novel
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-345-49434-2 / 978-0-345-49434-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Matters of Honor
Author(s): Louis Begley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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