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Mordecai Richler (1931–2001)

Autor(a) de Barney's Version

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About the Author

Novelist, journalist and screenwriter Mordecai Richler was born on January 27, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He attended Sir George Williams College for two years. He lived in Paris, Spain and England, and while in England worked as a journalist and radio and television scriptwriter. His fourth mostrar mais novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), was received with far more enthusiasm than previous efforts. He has written a number of screenplays (including Fun with Dick and Jane and the script for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz). His awards include the Governor-General Awards, the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography) Mordecai Richler, the author of such distinguished novels as "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "St. Urbain's Horseman," & "Solomon Gursky Was Here," was born in Montreal in 1931. He has won the Commonwealth Prize, the Paris Review Humour Prize, & was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of "Duddy Kravitz." Over the years he has contributed to "Atlantic Monthly," "GQ," "Esquire," "Harper's," "The New York Review of Books," "The New York Times Book Review," & "The New Yorker" (which will publish a portion of "On Snooker"). Richler is married & has five children; he now divides his time between winters in London & seven months at a cottage on Lake Memphremagog in Quebec. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos


Obras por Mordecai Richler

Barney's Version (1997) 1,837 exemplares
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) 1,374 exemplares
Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989) 890 exemplares
St. Urbain's Horseman (1971) 570 exemplares
Joshua Then and Now (1980) 434 exemplares
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Editor — 291 exemplares
Cocksure (1968) 279 exemplares
Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur (1987) 268 exemplares
Son of a Smaller Hero (1955) 156 exemplares
The Street (1969) 153 exemplares
Writers on World War II (1989) 152 exemplares
Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case (1995) 147 exemplares
This Year in Jerusalem (1994) 146 exemplares
The Incomparable Atuk (1963) 127 exemplares
A Choice of Enemies (1957) 78 exemplares
Broadsides: reviews & opinions (1990) 70 exemplares
Dispatches from the Sporting Life (2002) 52 exemplares
The Acrobats (1954) 38 exemplares
Shovelling Trouble (1972) 26 exemplares
Hunting Tigers Under Glass (1968) 25 exemplares
Fun with Dick & Jane [1977 film] (1977) — Screenwriter — 22 exemplares
Room at the Top [1959 film] (1959) — Screenwriter — 16 exemplares
Canadian writing today (1970) — Editor — 10 exemplares
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz [1974 film] — Screenwriter/Original novel — 7 exemplares
Images of Spain (1977) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Robertson Davies 2 exemplares
Life at the Top [1965 film] — Screenwriter — 2 exemplares
Mordecai (2011) 1 exemplar
SURVIVRE ETC (LITT. ETR.) (2008) 1 exemplar
Richler Mordecai 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Innocents Abroad (1869) — Introdução, algumas edições3,838 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (1986) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Great Canadian Short Stories (1971) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Canadian Short Stories (1960) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Antaeus No. 61, Autumn 1988 - Journals, Notebooks & Diaries (1988) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Barney's Version [2010 film] (2011) — Original novel — 33 exemplares
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1963 (1963) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
New American Review #4 (1968) 14 exemplares
Sixteen by twelve;: Short stories by Canadian writers (1970) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



I thought it was alright. Not as good as Richler's other works. Same comedic themes mixed with coarseness and dark humor.
charlie68 | 6 outras críticas | Apr 13, 2024 |
I enjoyed Richler's portrayal of the character and ideas, and the context of Montreal and London - all evocative and relatively familiar.
sfj2 | 6 outras críticas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Quite frankly, I'd never even heard of Mordecai Richler until I read the autobiography of his British editor and publisher, Diana Athill. She predicted he'd become the grand old man of Canadian literature, and apparently he did. Lord only knows what I was busy doing at the time. In any event, I picked up a cheap kindle copy of "Barney's Version". It's a book that should be, in certain ways, familiar to fans of the mid-century New York golden age -- Roth, Bellow, Mailer, and all the rest -- but we're in Montreal, Canada if we're not hanging around the bohemian quarters of Paris after the war, and the titular Barney's a die-hard Canadiens fan. Still, the novel's prose is a joy: equal parts nostalgic, quick-witted and swinging. Also, the frequent footnotes, that undercut Barney's eponymous version, prove themselves to be a surprisingly effective comic and literary device.

Barney, it must be said, is a bit more of a jerk than most of the main characters created by the aforementioned authors: acerbic, moneyed, hard-drinking. But he's not without his charm, or his attractions, at least to his three wives, all of whom are rendered wonderfully, if not exactly fondly. "Barney's Version" is a bit more of a comedy than the sort of book the aforementioned Big Three usually produced: Richler seems willing much more willing to play his main character's eccentricities, terrible decisions, pet peeves, and misfortunes for genuine laughs than any of those authors would have. Filled with good bits and big characters and even an unsolved murder mystery, "Barney's Version" is, if absolutely nothing else, a lot of fun to read.

But it's more than fun, really. Barney's more-or-less past his prime when we meet him, and much of the book's plot describes his slow slide into irrelevance. Barney's a grouch, sure, but Richler still presents his halting progress toward death with genuine pathos. Whatever mistakes he has made in his life, Barney has made sure to surround himself with friends and family, most of whom stick by him as he prepares to leave this world. Barney, we learn, has grown rich off of connections with talents bigger than himself and middling, often state-supported Canadian television shows. But the author goes out of his way to show us that never losing track of the neighborhood kids he grew up with and showing undying loyalty to his kids -- even at their most problematic, were two things that Barney -- God rest his soul -- did right. Recommended.
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TheAmpersand | 39 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |
A generally likeable main character with a jarring narrative switching between past and now( then and now) makes for an enjoyable read.
charlie68 | 5 outras críticas | Mar 16, 2024 |



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