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Mordecai Richler Was Here

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Mordecai Richler, like many of the characters he invented, was shaped by the tight, supportive Montreal neighborhood where he grew up. He in turn created an imaginary neighborhood one block over from the real one. Richler lived and breathed these streets even after he left them. He savored their sights, sounds, and smells and then described them in more than two dozen book ...more
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Ronald Kelland
Jan 17, 2016 Ronald Kelland rated it it was amazing
Really what is there to say? I have been a fan of Mordecai Richler's writing since I was introduced to it my both an intro Political Science and Intro CanLit class in my first year of college. I love his acerbic wit, I appreciate his knowledge of Canadian life and politics and it amazes me that he can write characters I can identify with, even if they come from very different experiences than myself. This collection takes bit of an odd approach to Richler's work. It reproduces excerpts of his no ...more
Rosana
Jun 26, 2008 Rosana rated it really liked it
I found this book at a discount bin, and for the price decided to give it a try. I have been drawn to essays and memoirs lately. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it, although I have to say that I don’t think it is a book to be read from cover to cover. I browsed and read parts of it over the past month, and there are probably parts I never got around to reading, and pieces I reread just for the pleasure of the language. I loved his insights and recollections of growing up in the Je ...more
Kate
May 28, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
This was alright. I wish I had read some of his other books because I would probably then have a better understanding of this one. What the editor did was just take selections from al of his books and then put them in this. It was kind of annoying to read in that aspect as you'd just get connected to a character and the selection would end. It was nice that they included some photo's in the book though as some of the selections were from his non-fiction writings. If your a fan of his other stuff ...more
Mbiefer
Mar 20, 2009 Mbiefer rated it really liked it
An interesting read, as they've taken excerpts from various different materials and arranged them in an almost historical order. It gives you, I think, a sense of how he viewed things and the significance he assigned them via retelling.
Bob
Jun 12, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it
Underrated writer (in the US). Funny stuff, sort of P. Roth meets K. Amis.
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Mordecai Richler, was a Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist.

His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney's Version (1997); his 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1990. He was also well known for the Jacob Two-Two children's stories. .

The son of a Jewish scrap yard dealer, Richler was born in 1931 and raised on St
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