Mordecai

Mordecai

The Life & Times

Book - 2010
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Foran's book is IT: the definitive, detailed, intimate portrait of Mordecai Richler, the lion of Canadian literature, and the turbulent, changing times that nurtured him. It is also an extraordinary love story that lasted half a century.

The first major biography with access to family letters and archives. Mordecai Richler was an outsized and outrageous novelist whose life reads like fiction.

Mordecai Richler won multiple Governor General's Literary Awards, the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, among others, as well as many awards for his children's books. He also wrote Oscar-nominated screenplays. His influence was larger than life in Canada and abroad. In Mordecai , award-winning novelist and journalist Charlie Foran brings to the page the richness of Mordecai's life as young bohemian, irreverent writer, passionate and controversial Canadian, loyal friend and deeply romantic lover. He explores Mordecai's distraught childhood, and gives us the "portrait of a marriage" -- the lifelong love affair with Florence, with Mordecai as beloved father of five. The portrait is alive and intimate -- warts and all.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676979633
0676979637
Branch Call Number: 819.354 Richl -F 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiv, 738 p. :,ill

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debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Chosen by Jack Rabinovitch as his book of the Year: "This complete biography, 700-plus pages, gives the reader an amazing insight into the streets and schools that shaped Mordecai Richler the writer, as well as the love story between a moody Mordecai and lovely Florence.

"However the real story, so capably captured by Foran, was Mordecai’s work ethic. He wanted to be a writer, he wanted to earn a living as a writer and he wanted to write one great book. “Inspiration is for amateurs,” he once told me, “You need zitsfleish and hard work to make it.”

"As regards one great book, only time will tell. Adam Gopnik, in a recent New Yorker, put it well: “When a writer is alive he is judged by his batting average; once he is gone it is only the homers that count.” I believe that Mordecai, a true baseball fan, would agree."

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