You know those subtle feelings and thoughts that you've never beem able to describe in wordds? Max Frisch captures all of them in the purest prose possible. (In this book he said he set out to describe the events within without any embelishments. He succeeded.) What could have been a short romance novella of a famous author and his younger romantic interest instead becomes an ode to memory, love, melancholy, and the moment-to-moment experience of a life well lived.— From Abe
Casting himself as both subject and observer, Frisch reflects on his marriages, children, friendships, and careers; a holiday weekend in Long Island is a trigger to recount and question events and aspects of his own life, along with creeping fears of mortality. He paints a bittersweet portrait that is sometimes painful and sometimes humorous, but always affecting. Emotionally raw and formally innovative, Frisch's novel collapses the distinction between art and life, but leaves the reader with a richer understanding of both.