Mordecai Richler

Mordecai Richler


Born
in Montreal, Canada
January 27, 1931

Died
July 03, 2001

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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. Urbain Street in the Mile End area of Montreal. He learned Yiddish and English, and graduated from Baron Byng High School. Richler enrolled in Sir George Williams College (now Concordia University) to study English but dropped out before completing his degree.

Years later, Leah Rosenberg, Richler's mother, published an autobiography, The Errand Ru
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Average rating: 3.87 · 24,675 ratings · 1,335 reviews · 47 distinct worksSimilar authors
Barney's Version

4.14 avg rating — 8,247 ratings — published 1997 — 44 editions
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The Apprenticeship of Duddy...

3.71 avg rating — 7,046 ratings — published 1959 — 42 editions
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Solomon Gursky Was Here

3.97 avg rating — 2,425 ratings — published 1989 — 27 editions
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Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hoo...

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3.90 avg rating — 1,604 ratings — published 1975 — 31 editions
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St. Urbain's Horseman

3.79 avg rating — 1,483 ratings — published 1971 — 26 editions
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Joshua Then and Now

3.90 avg rating — 1,071 ratings — published 1980 — 19 editions
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Cocksure

3.24 avg rating — 558 ratings — published 1968 — 19 editions
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The Street

3.54 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 1969 — 16 editions
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Son of a Smaller Hero

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3.54 avg rating — 273 ratings — published 1955 — 13 editions
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The Incomparable Atuk

3.09 avg rating — 286 ratings — published 1963 — 9 editions
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More books by Mordecai Richler…
“I don't hold with shamans, witch doctors, or psychiatrists. Shakespeare, Tolstoy, or even Dickens, understood more about the human condition than ever occurred to any of you. You overrated bunch of charlatans deal with the grammar of human problems, and the writers I've mentioned with the essence.”
Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version

“Each man creates god in his own image.”
Mordecai Richler, Son of a Smaller Hero

“In a nutshell, I am not unaware of my failings. Neither am I a stranger to irony.”
Mordecai Richler, Barney's Version

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