Daniel, Noah, Emma, Martha, Jacob. Attended Sir George Williams University, — Sir George Williams University, writer-in-residence, —69; Carleton University, visiting professor of English, — Member of editorial board, Book-of-the-Month Club, beginning
Amoral, yet oddly endearing, Duddy Kravitz is one of the most charismatic anti-heroes of all time — a man who learns the hard way that dreams are not exactly what they seem, even when they do come true.
His caustic sense of humour, his self-deprecating look at life, and his sometimes thinly disguised autobiographical stories are always memorable. Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is one of Richler's earlier and better known.
The story centers around a young Jewish teenager Duddya very abrasive and aggressive boy, striving to make money in order to buy land thinking, like his grandpa, that if you don't own land you ain't nuttin'. So Duddy gets into a strange, and hilarious, film-making business. His pushy and obnoxious behaviour both appalls and endears everyone he meets; I too was appalled and endeared.
By the end of the book I felt I knew but didn't like Duddy. I suggest Barney's Version, written some 30 years later, which demonstrates the author's abilities at his peak. Hilarious, thoughtful, and ultimately quite sad. A Customer on Dec 06, I chose to read this book for several reasons: I was not disappointed.
Duddy Kravitz is ambition personified, an almost unbelievably driven young man. As all the other reviews say, he casts aside decency, friendship, and something akin to love to achieve his stated goal. The thrust of the story, however, or at least my own understanding of it, is that Duddy never realizes what he has done.
Small flashes of emotion show through sometimes, but they are almost ruthlessly surpressed. It's almost as if he thinks that to be human is to be weak. Duddy succeeds, because he can do nothing else. The price extolled by his own ambition is great, though, and it hurts intensely to realize that he doesn't even recognize what he has done.
Rough, well-written, and well worth reading. A Customer on Jan 28, I enjoyed this book. While the first two or three chapters are not really needed in the novel, I found the character of Duddy Kravitz repulsive but strangely satisfying as a character.
Sure it may sound cliched, but this was written 40 years ago. Cliches have come from this line of writing. And Richler knows how to write a book. In my opinion, it may be nothing new, but at least it's nothing bad The world of Duddy Kravitz--an extraordinary Jewish teenager in Montreal in the 's--may sound very far removed from our lives, but very few things I have read have struck me as being so irresistably recognisable as life.
It would be to deny yourself an immense pleasure not to read this book. Certain chapters are as classic as things we remember from great 19th century literature. Irreverant humour and superb characterization and settings. A Customer on Jun 19, I was first introduced to Mr.
Richler's writing when I read "Duddy" in the '70's. Since then, and partly because of Duddy, I have enjoyed many of Richler's books.
The irreverent humour, fully realized characterization and exotic Montreal and Quebec settings make this book riveting. Duddy, a young, almost tragically except it's too funny ambitious man, embodies all the tensions and pitfalls of scheming to make a buck.Mordecai Richler was a Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist.
His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz () and Barney's Version (); his novel Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in /5. - Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz In the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai Richler clearly intends to portray his main character as a failure.
Duddy understands perfectly well that a man must pursue his dreams, which is why he is one of the most motivated young man of his time.
This manipulation prevents Norman Price from becoming as scintillating a character as Duddy in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Richler's fourth novel, in which he takes care to allow theme to emerge organically from, rather than constrict, the natural evolution of narrative and protagonist.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz [Mordecai Richler] on pfmlures.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From Mordecai Richler, one of our greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters/5(41).
Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is the best known novel by one of Canada's preeminent authors. In Duddy, Mordecai Richler has created an unforgettable character. Duddy is an ambitious, driven young man from Montreal's St Urbain's district who will do anything to get ahead, but at what cost?
In the internationally acclaimed novel, “The apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz”, by Mordecai Richler, the lead character, Duddy Kravitz, is challenged to overcome the same obstacle.
Duddy, is a young Jewish boy on the quest to become somebody.