The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz: Penguin Modern Classics

Paperback | October 4, 2005

byMordecai RichlerForeword byAnn Marie MacDonald

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From Mordecai Richler, one of the greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, Duddy Kravitz -- in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. Duddy -- the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family in Montreal -- is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious. From his street days tormenting teachers at the Jewish academy to his time hustling four jobs at once in a grand plan to "be somebody," Duddy learns about living -- and the lesson is an outrageous roller-coaster ride through the human comedy. As Richler turns his blistering commentary on love, money, and politics, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz becomes a lesson for us all...in laughter and in life.

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From Mordecai Richler, one of the greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, Duddy Kravitz -- in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. Duddy -- the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family in Montreal -- is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious....

Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) was a Canadian author, scriptwriter, and essayist. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, in his early years he lived and wrote in England but returned to Canada in 1972. He was the author of ten novels, including Barney's Version (1997), Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989), Cocksure (1968), and The Apprenticeship...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 7.57 × 4.91 × 0.92 inPublished:October 4, 2005Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143051466

ISBN - 13:9780143051466

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from One-Time Read The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler was on my reading list for school last year. I did not only read it because I had to, but because I would have probably picked it up off a bookshelf to read anyways. I am very interested in business and thought this novel would interest me because of that. However, as I started reading, I noticed that it was not what I thought it would be. While many classmates enjoyed this novel, I found this novel a bit boring and uninteresting. Sure the business negotiation portion was interesting and learning about everything in the business world was good to read about but the rest was not as interesting to me. I am starting to think that I have a thing against protagonists who are rude, treat others terribly and have no morals. This could be why I didn’t enjoy this novel, because I really couldn’t stand Duddy. Throughout the novel, Duddy kept ripping off his friends and in the end, lost all of them. I believe that it was unfair of him to do that to his friends as they genuinely cared about him. Duddy was too greedy and would do anything to reach his goal of owning many properties. Even if Duddy wasn’t the most moral individual, many things can still be learned from him. For example, you learn the lesson that if you aren’t nice to your friends and family, they will leave you. In addition to this, you also learn that if you become too greedy for money or anything with monetary value, you will also lose those you love. Overall, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz may have not been the happiest of stories, but was still one from which you can learn. This is not a novel I would read again, but one I would still recommend as a one-time read. Even if I despised Duddy, he was still a good role model for what not to do. And the author captured this character very well as it did bring out strong emotional feelings in me about him.
Date published: 2013-10-13