Richler is the author, most memorably, of THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITS, as well as many other works of fiction. Though he spent 20 years of his life in Europe, he always wrote about Montreal, and returned there permanently in 1972. Richler was one of the few writers to explore the dual experiences of being Jewish and living in Canada, and being an English-speaker in a largely Francophone area ("a minority within a minority"). Richler won the won the Governor General's Literary Award, Canada's highest writing prize, in 1968 and again in 1971. He had two wives and five children; he died of cancer at the age of 70.
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Mordecai Richler's classic coming-of-age novel, about a monumentally self-absorbed, upwardly mobile young man--like Richler, a Canadian Jew--was seen by Jews as an unwarranted attack on the Montreal Jewish community, but became a huge popular success after it was made into a 1974 motion picture starring Richard Dreyfuss.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is the novel that established Mordecai Richler as one of the world’s best comic writers. Growing up in the heart of Montreal’s Jewish ghetto, Duddy Kravitz is obsessed with his grandfather’s saying, “A man without land is nothing.” In his relentless pursuit of property and his drive to become a somebody, he will wheel and deal, he will swindle and forge, he will even try making movies. And in spite of the setbacks he suffers, the sacrifices he must make along the way, Duddy never loses faith that his dream is worth the price he must pay. This blistering satire traces the eventful coming-of-age of a cynical dreamer. Amoral, inventive, ruthless, and scheming, Duddy Kravitz is one of the most magnetic anti-heroes in literature, a man who learns the hard way that dreams are never exactly what they seem, even when they do come true.From the Trade Paperback edition.