Mordecai & Me: An Appreciation of a Kind
Red Deer Press, 2003 - Всего страниц: 336
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Bronze Award - Autobiography/Memoir
Quebec Writer's Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction Winner (2004)
Canadian Jewish Book of the Year Award Winner (2004)
Canadian Jewish Book Award for Memoir/Biography
Drainie Taylor Biography Prize Nomination
Alberta Trade Nonfiction Book of the Year Nomination
Mordecai and Me: An Appreciation of a Kind is the story of one writer's obsession with another. In this "really unauthorized biography," Joel Yanofsky, a veteran Montreal book reviewer, literary journalist and novelist, tracks the elusive legend of Mordecai Richler in the year following his death. This insightful and quirky quest leads Yanofsky to consult - though pester may be more like it - a rabbi, a shrink and a dream analyst.
What starts out as a literary appreciation turns into a literary stalking, propelled as much by envy as admiration, irreverence as affection, confession as critical judgment.
A Montrealer himself and a journalist by trade, Joel Yanofsky has covered the Canadian literary scene, interviewing and reviewing Richler, while taking the measure of the city that he believes was destroyed culturally by the reign of separatist governments. Yanofsky cuts through the recent public adoration, as well as through Richler's own carefully protected persona, to reveal the depth and contradictions hidden beneath.
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... characters in the book hang out in bars and brothels ( later Richler cited the brothel scenes as the reason the book sold at all ) pining for lost loves and lost faith and concluding that because their lives are at a dead end , everyone ...
... characters . Nimrod , not the most nimble of stylists , insisted on putting the word Jewish , as it pertains to Richler , in quotes - as in Richler's " inexhaustive [ sic ] supply of utterly corrupt and decadent ' Jewish ' characters ...
... characters he loved were invariably full of appetite , scoundrels and schemers , boozers and pranksters , con men and crazies . The characters he mocked were hypocrites and poseurs - suburbanites . It so happens they were also men and ...