Last of the Old Guard (2008) Adrian Suydam, the genteel elderly narrator of this graceful period piece, looks back over his life and struggles to understand his longtime friend and law… 2008-12-01 Fiction Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

Last of the Old Guard (2008)

Louis Auchincloss, Last of the Old Guard | Last of the Old Guard by Louis Auchincloss
Last of the Old Guard by Louis Auchincloss
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 01, 2008; Writer: Louis Auchincloss; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Adrian Suydam, the genteel elderly narrator of this graceful period piece, looks back over his life and struggles to understand his longtime friend and law partner, the famously ruthless Ernest Saunders. Uninterested in sex, virtually incapable of love, and lacking a moral compass, Saunders built a powerful early-20th-century Manhattan law firm — but to what end? The private papers he leaves behind at his death only complicate matters for Suydam. Though Louis Auchincloss, a lawyer himself, breaks no new ground in Last of the Old Guard, his 66th book, his portrait of the old WASP power elite is, as ever, psychologically astute and smartly written. B+

Originally posted Nov 26, 2008 Published in issue #1024 Dec 05, 2008 Order article reprints