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.
"A fine, funny novel, often derivative, but deft, irreverent and affecting all the same."
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Barney Panofsky, the three-time divorced owner of a successful trashy TV company, looks back on his life, describing his young manhood, his three wives, and his lifelong passion for wine, women, and the Montreal Canadiens.
Barney Panofsky's Canadian TV company, Totally Useless Productions, has made him a small fortune but left him feeling idle and dishonest. Thrice-married (with increasing dissatisfaction) and pushing 70, Barney looks back with regret and sarcasm on his life, his friends, and his country. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.