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The Washington Times It is time to recognize Mr. Richler as one of North America's most powerful novelists.
Chicago Tribune A rasping humor pervades the book....It burgeons with its special talent and a vulgar vitality.
The Washington Times A fast-moving, entertaining, and bawdy novel.
Los Angeles Times Funny in the biting, subversive manner of Joseph Heller and Philip Roth.
Minneapolis Star Tribune Duddy Kravitz [is] Richler's most famous creation.
The New York Times Book Review Richler has been praised for his clear-eyed vision and his realistic style.... The total effect is as brash and blatant as a sports car rally -- and as suggestive of power.
Alfred Kazin It comes off brilliantly.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
If you're looking for overlapping plots and literary pyrotechnics, you might want to try Richler's fiction after 1980 (i.e. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Troy Parfitt
The book was hard to follow and Duddy was a skag. Only read it as a recommendation from Road Scholar to get background for Canada Trip to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mary kay raftery
Watch the movie. It's the reason Richard Dreyfuss almost quit acting, but it's amazing, and more attention-grabbing than the original novel. Especially that bris scene.Published 10 months ago by Raizel
I really didn't like this book. None of the Characters, especially Duddy, were likable entertaining characters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christoph L. Clark
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler was on my reading list for school last year. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sam Couture Reviews
This book touched on two very important nostalgic points for me: the landscape of Montreal life and the struggle of the "American" dream (in Canada). Read morePublished 17 months ago by PerchTwirl
The bookseller Owlsbooks professionally addressed and corrected a concern I had about the quality of the book sent to me. They took my concern seriously and promptly resolved it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lisa Craig
Perhaps most shocking is all the reviews that fail to mention the overriding theme. Every Jewish character is morally corrupt, and obsessed with money, status, and power. Read morePublished 23 months ago by mikeg
"Duddy Kravitz" propelled Mordecai Richler into the literary annals of 20th century Canada as Munro, Atwood and Ondaatje dominate it in this present age. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Jedrury