Search Results: "Mordecai Richler"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SISTER CRAZY by Emma Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Not nearly as cute as its author might think."
Precious, self-indulgent first novel. Read full book review >

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LAND OF DREAMS by Mordecai Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"A memoir of early Israel of uneven literary and historical worth. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An intermittently engaging memoir recollecting the difficult birth of the State of Israel, by a novelist and translator. Read full book review >

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BLUE MOUNTAIN TROUBLE by Martin Mordecai
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A gorgeous snapshot of a locale and culture not seen enough in children's books. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Jackson and Pollyread are 11-year-old twins who live in Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Read full book review >

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YOUR MOUTH IS LOVELY by Nancy Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2002

"The rare woman revolutionary has her day in a story written with tremendous conviction and feeling."
Canadian novelist Richler (Throw Away Angels, not reviewed) fashions a tale of lyric historical suspense out of a Jewish girl's life—from her stunted beginnings in a late-19th-century Belarussian village to her political arrest during the 1905 Russian Revolution. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSTER BRIDE by Nancy Richler
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A beautiful tale that weakens when it returns to Lily's life and the words of the woman whose identity she has assumed."
Richler's glimpse into the complicated lives of members of a Canadian Jewish family following the end of World War II provides a retrospective of a bygone culture forever colored by a mystery that shapes the future of a young girl. Read full book review >

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BE MY WOLFF by Emma Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Long, slow-moving, and more than a little precious."
A self-consciously Dickensian account of an unconventional love from the author of Sister Crazy (2001) and the memoir Feed My Dear Dogs (2005). Read full book review >

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KICKING TOMORROW by Daniel Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"More, please."
If not the only punk coming-of-age tale that will ever be set amidst the language wars of 70's Quebec, this funny, knowing, and boisterous novel will likely remain the best. Read full book review >

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INSIDE STARS by Andra Serlin Abramson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A steady look into the high frontier, well above average in both content and design. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
This slender survey of the observable universe spreads itself a little thin but features plenty of foldouts and dramatic sky art. Read full book review >