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The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick

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A classic is back! Max Glick, a small-town teenager with doting grandparents and helicopter parents, dreams of a career as a concert pianist. But his elders favor sensible professions like medicine, law or science. Help comes from his music teacher and a rabbi with ambitions to be a stand-up comic. Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humor, a Torgi Award, adapted for TV and an award winning film.

229 pages, ebook

First published January 1, 1995

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Morley Torgov

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Morley Torgov BA, LLB, DLitt is a Canadian novelist, humorist and lawyer. He remains a partner in the Toronto-based legal firm Olch, Torgov, Cohen LLP.

He studied law in Toronto at Osgoode Hall, formally becoming a lawyer in 1954. Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1990.

The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick was a 1988 film based on his 1982 novel.

Torgov is the father of former actress and current artist Sarah Torgov who appeared in the movies Meatballs and American Gothic among others.

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1,202 reviews
July 14, 2018
From the author that wrote a novel about growing up Jewish in my home town of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.

A coming of age story taking place in a loosely veiled version of the Soo ("Steelton"). Laugh out loud moments throughout. Loved it!!

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4,122 reviews92 followers
February 16, 2013
It's a warm, funny, nostalgic story that will have anyone of my generation -- who grew up in an ethnic family environment -- nodding in approval. It's very much in the tradition of authors such as W. O. Mitchell. This novel was actually on its way to a four star rating...if it wasn't for the fact that the ending brought the book to a screeching halt. It doesn't offer the reader any closure to the conflict between two of the protagonists -- a minor key ending, to what could have been an all-around major key symphony.
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April 14, 2013
I really didn't think it was a book that a young adult could read even though it was clearly aimed at that age group. The descriptions of action scene were far to involved and could have been shortened considerably. I found myself skimming and quickly flipping past these pages. The story was a good idea, but could have been much better.
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