Author(s): Mordecai Richler
From Mordecai Richler, one of the greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, Duddy Kravitz - in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. Duddy - the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family in Montreal - is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious. From his street days tormenting teachers at the Jewish academy to his time hustling four jobs at once in a grand plan to "be somebody," Duddy learns about living - and the lesson is an outrageous roller-coaster ride through the human comedy. As Richler turns his blistering commentary on love, money, and politics, "The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz" becomes a lesson for us all...in laughter and in life.
"Duddy Kravitz sits alone in its urbanity, energy, relevance, direction and raw talent."-"Toronto Star" "It burgeons with its special talent and vulgar vitality."-"Chicago Tribune" "Richler [is] one of North America's most powerful novelists."-"Washington Times" "Richler has been praised highly for his clear-eyed vision and his realistic style. This novel will confirm that estimate... the total effect is brash and blatant as a sports car rally - and as suggestive of power."-"New York Times Book Review" "There can be no doubt of [Richler's] prodigal talent."-"Times Literary Supplement" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) was a Canadian author, scriptwriter, and essayist. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, in his early years he lived and wrote in England but returned to Canada in 1972. He was the author of ten novels, including Barney's Version (1997), Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989), Cocksure (1968), and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), as well as numerous screenplays, essays, children's books, and several works of non-fiction. Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer, playwright, and actor. Her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, and was selected for Oprah's Book Club. Her second novel, The Way the Crow Flies, won the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award. She lives in Toronto.