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by Mordecai Richler

Mordecai Richler has written a masterpiece. Books by mordecai richler.

Richler is at the top of his powers, almost incapable of making a wrong move. It is sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes full of honest sentimen. age after page of crackling and neat satire. It combines his gift for comic horseplay and a certain engaging nastiness with the moral concern of a man aware of death and evil. Robert Fulford, Saturday Night. Mordecai Richler is stunningly talented. Inventive and outrageously funny. Mordecai Richler has written a masterpiece.

His 1970 novel St. Urbain's Horseman and 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was . 1976 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award: Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. Urbain's Horseman and 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also well known for the Jacob Two-Two children's fantasy series. Mordecai Richler's grandfather and Lily Richler's father was Rabbi Yehudah Yudel Rosenberg, a celebrated rabbi in both Poland and Canada and a prolific author of many religious texts, as well as religious fiction and non-fiction works on science and history geared for religious communities. 1976 Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.

Urbain's Horseman is the seventh novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler. It was first published in 1971 by McClelland & Stewart

Urbain's Horseman is the seventh novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler. It was first published in 1971 by McClelland & Stewart. It is one of Richler's most ambitious novels and won the prestigious Governor General's Award for 1971. The novel is set in London and Montreal during the late 1960s. The protagonist, Jake Hersh, first appeared in Richler's fourth novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, as a schoolmate of the title character.

St. Urbain's Horseman (Paperback). Published November 1st 1989 by New Canadian Library. Published February 1st 1992 by Penguin Books. Paperback, 464 pages. Author(s): Mordecai Richler. Paperback, 472 pages. ISBN: 0140167692 (ISBN13: 9780140167696).

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Urbain’s Horseman 2 SURFACING FROM A DREAM OF THE HORSEMAN, ONLY A week after Ingrid had formally filed charges against him and Harry, he thought – no fear, Jake – soon Ormsby-Fletcher will arrive rmsby-Fletcher, his consolation. To remark on the weather and clap his bowler down on the monk’s bench in the outer hall. Then the two of them would retire to the study to mull over the day’s defeats and plan tomorrow’s campaign.

Mordecai Richler, prominent Canadian novelist whose incisive and . Richler’s books, which were noted for their honesty and biting satire, often caused.

Richler attended Sir George Williams University, Montreal (1950–51), and then lived in Paris (1951–52), where he was influenced and stimulated by Existentialist authors. Richler’s books, which were noted for their honesty and biting satire, often caused much controversy.

Mordecai Richler (1931 - 2001) was a Canadian author of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, St. Urbain’s Horseman, Solomon Gursky Was Here, and Barney’s Version. This site is maintained by the author's publisher Vintage Books. Personal Information. Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in 1931. Among his most successful novels are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, St.

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American Libraries Canadian Libraries Universal Library Community Texts Project Gutenberg Biodiversity Heritage Library Children's Library. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Now, almost twenty years later, Hersh is a moderately successful film director, married with three children, who has become embroiled in a sordid sex scandal.

St. Urbains Horseman is a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt – guilt at not joining every battle, at not healing every wound. Thirty-seven-year-old Jake Hersh is a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their childhood neighbourhood in Montreal. Nazi-hunter, adventurer, and hero of the Spanish Civil War, Joey is the avenging horseman of Jake’s impotent dreams. When Jake becomes embroiled in a scandalous trial in London, England, he puts his own unadventurous life on trial as well, finding it desperately wanting as he steadfastly longs for the Horseman’s glorious return. Irreverent, deeply felt, as scathing in its critique of social mores as it is uproariously funny, St. Urbains Horseman confirms Mordecai Richler’s reputation as a pre-eminent observer of the hypocrisies and absurdities of modern life.From the Hardcover edition.
Hilarious Kangaroo
A book I have been meaning to read since it came out in the 70's.i still don't know what to think of it. Does success breed happiness?
Jake the main character strives, but finds himself lacking.
One of many excellent books by an author with a unique style. Also try "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" and "Barney's Version".
This book is a great read. It is easy to understand and identify with the characters

And there life. Richler is a great writer who is under appreciated by the America reader
It's a toss-up as to which one is more enjoyable. Both books are brimming with comic invention. As is Joshua, but to me it's between Duddy and St. Urbain's Horseman. I think St. Urbain wins out narrowly for pure enjoyment. There are complete comic set pieces in the book, and it's a touch less dark than Duddy. Some of the drama in Duddy is untainted by the comedy, and so to me it's a slightly more serious novel. And a better one. I'd give St. Urbain the opposite description: most of its comedy is unsullied by the book's drama.

St. Urbain was another Richler foray into ex-pat territory - a territory he mined throughout his career. There are plenty of laughs, lots of stereotyping, but it's much less goofy and adolescent than Cocksure, for example. For some people, it won't be very funny - Richler went out of his way to be at least a little offensive every chance he got, and this book is no exception.

Nonetheless, a very good read. Four stars.
As a point of reference, I have read all of Richler's major works and a few of his early novellas. This was written after Richler's sexual obsession in his British phase and he tells an interesting story about a young film director from Montreal who has moved to Britain The novel follows from his wildly creative novel Cocksure which as story immersed in sexual obsession. This is a far tamer novel and it is longer and more substantial but less creative. Overall, it is among his best efforts.

Following on from the very liberated Cocksure, we see a much more conventional and down to earth Richler who has attempted to integrate British making with biographical elements from his own youth.

Modecai Richler (1931 to 2001) grew up in Montreal and that city is the setting for many of his stories - but not all. Many of his novels are about Jews living in Canada and Britain post WWII.

He is best known for his tales of life in and around St. Urbain Street. That is an area of three story buildings or walk up row houses located just east of the mountain in Montreal, and north of the commercial center of the city. At one time this was the center of Jewish immigrant life. Many Jews coming to Montreal started there but then moved on to Outrement, Hamstead, and other districts. His father was a scrap dealer and he graduated from a heavily Jewish high school, Baron Byng High School, which has other famous alumni including William Shatner of Star Trek fame. Some of the local establishments such as Schwartz's Deli on St. Laurent are still in business. He uses much of those biographical experiences in the book.

His break out novel is the present novel Duddy Kravitz which is still a great read whether you have seen the movie or not. Also, I like his last book, Barney's Vision, which is probably his most balanced and best written piece of work. That novel lacks the edge and drama of Duddy Kravitz. Along the way, he experimented with different themes and the use of sex in the plots, and usually he did that with a lot of humor as in Cocksure.

This book is among his best works and there must be a few parallels with Richter's own life. It is about a young and poorly educated Jewish boy (Richler never finished university himself and moved to Britain) who struggles in the Canadian TV business starting off as a stage hand and then eventually becoming a London based movie director. The protagonist, Jacob Hersh, is from the St. Urbain area of Montreal, and he has an unusual relation with his cousin Joey - who is the "horseman." Joey appears only once in the book when he visits Montreal, and spends most of his time traveling the world doing all sort of glamorous things from being a soldier, to actor, to baseball player. In reality, Joey is a bit of a con man but he is held in awe by Jacob.

This is an interesting story that gets better as we reach the end of the book.

Many of his critics claim that he re-cycles his characters and deals only with one topic, but in general his books are far from the predictable and this book is another example. That being said, Duddy Kravitz and even his father max appear in the novel, and Duddy more than once.

This is a good read which leaves the reader satisfied.
Mordecai Richler's novels are always a wild ride. In St. Urbain's Horseman we have the usual Richler pastiche of paranoid Jewish Montrealers struggling in a gentile world. As with his other novels, I sense that '..Horseman' has many biographical elements to it. Although teetering on being pretentious, '..Horseman' is easily salvaged by its fine characterizations and often hilarious prose.

'..Horseman' is a very rich, complex novel. It chronicles a young man who escapes squalor of Montreal and finds himself as a successful family man in swinging London, circa 1965. Unfortunately he finds himself tormented by the legend of his mysterious cousin (the "horseman") who seems to be larger than life (..a Nazi hunter in Paraguay?), and those with whom the cousin comes in contact with. It's all rather chaotic and often unbelievable. But thankfully the likes of Mordecai Richler pulls it all together somehow.

Bottom line: suspend your disbelief and enjoy this book.
People of my parent's generation will always remember where they were when JFK was assasinated. Likewise, I'll always remember the day when I learned that Mordecai Richler had died. I was standing in the kitchen, making dinner, when it was announced on the CBC. I fell apart, and it's the only time I have ever cried over someone I didn't even know.
When people tell me that they've never heard of, or read, Mordecai Richler, I want to rail at the universe. He's simply the best there is - a novelist who was intelligent, comical, introspective, cynical, perceptive, heartfelt, brutally honest, and ultimately, unforgettable. Reading St.Urbain's Horseman saved me from a dismal semester in university. I was taking existentialist philosophy and sinking into gloom when I escaped into a story that was impossible to put down. I laughed out loud - so hard that I couldn't read. I could go on all day. Just read this book - I guarantee that you'll read it again. And then you'll have to read everything else Mordecai Richler wrote.
I wish there were more stories to look forward to.
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