Books by Mordecai Richler

BARNEY'S VERSION by Mordecai Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1997

"Urbain's Horseman (1971), but it's a pretty decent comic novel nevertheless."
A fair-enough stab at Rothian (or, perhaps more accurately, Bellovian) comic portraiture intermittently enlivens this overlong story of an aging TV producer, lover of women, and possible murderer: the eponymous Barney Panofsky, a kind of lower-case Mickey Sabbath or Augie March. Read full book review >
JACOB TWO-TWO'S FIRST SPY CASE by Mordecai Richler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 1997

"Jacob's role in the plot is confined largely to enduring indignities and following orders, for Mr. Dinglebat, Jacob's father, and a trio of craven cops nail the bad guys. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third in a series (Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur, o.p., and Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, 1994) about an eight-year-old nicknamed ``Two-Two'' because, as the youngest of five children, he must say everything twice before anyone pays any attention to him. Read full book review >
THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Mordecai Richler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A provocative and highly readable exploration of Israel in the mind of a Jew who has chosen not to live there, of interest primarily to other Jews aware that they have made the same decision."
In parts memoir, travelogue, political treatise, and extended essay on the tangled question of what it means to be a Jew living outside of Israel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 1992

"Unlike most of Richler, largely for Canadians; for a look at Canada that's more accessible to those south of the border, try Jan Morris's O Canada (p. 307)."
Quebec-born Richler (Solomon Gursky Was Here, 1990, etc.) undertakes a backgrounder to that province's independence movement, with several large flashes of illuminating absurdity about the passionate Quebecois. Read full book review >