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Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
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May 23, 2007

it was amazing

This book is so funny at some parts I almost fell down laughing in the subway reading it - no easy feat as it is quite crowded in there and Torontonians are disgruntled by the sound of unbridled joy in others.

He has so many extra little jokes in it, from the footnotes later added to Barney's manuscript by his perfectionist son, to the impact of Barney's fading memory, to how he feels about Toronto and Canadian culture. It is packed with Richler's intelligent and at times eviscerating sense of humour....but at the same time there were passages about love that just devastated me.

I waited forever to finish this book because I didn't want to end my relationship with the character, I knew I would miss him and I did - I cried at the end, without feeling manipulated, and I paid to have the book mailed thousands of miles because I didn't want to part with it.

It was a more emotional book than I anticipated, but bright, vicious, witty, honest - everything you would expect.
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