I have to say a few things about this book. First: don’t see the film before reading the book! It took me nearly 100 pages to get Jack Nicholson out of my mind and realize that the book is totally different from the film. Second: I didn’t like the lack of quotation marks. Everything said didn’t stand out from thoughts and situations. Begley said in an interview the reason for that “comes from my particular dislike of the way quotation marks look on a page. I think they look like little bugs.” That may be the case, but I need them for my reading pleasure. Third: for me it wasn’t really a story. The book could have started and ended everywhere, anytime. So why write it, is my question then. That said, I really liked the humor that was very subtle in the Schmidt’s thoughts and actions. The “story” is smartly written.