Solomon Gursky Was Here: Penguin Modern Classics by Mordecai RichlerSolomon Gursky Was Here: Penguin Modern Classics by Mordecai Richler

Solomon Gursky Was Here: Penguin Modern Classics

byMordecai RichlerForeword byDavid Bezmozgis

Paperback | June 28, 2005

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Moses Berger is very young when he first hears the name that will obsess him and drive him on a quest across Canada and Europe. His life becomes consumed with unravelling the secrets from the startling, almost mythical life of a man and family shrouded in lies.

Ranging from the underworld of nineteenth-century London, through the Franklin expedition to the Arctic, to the Prohibition years on the prairies and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Solomon Gursky Was Here is a grand, uncommonly rich tale from one of Canada's best storytellers.

Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) wrote ten novels; numerous screenplays, essays, children's books; and several works of non-fiction. He gained international acclaim with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which was later made into a movie. During his career, he was the recipient of dozens of literary awards, including two Governor Genera...
Title:Solomon Gursky Was Here: Penguin Modern ClassicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 7.76 × 5.15 × 1.43 inPublished:June 28, 2005Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143051458

ISBN - 13:9780143051459

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler This is an ambitious, confusing and sometimes crazy mixture of fact and fantasy. It tells the story of an ultimately rich Jewish Canadian family from the early nineteenth century to the 1980s. The story is loosely held together by Moses Berger, an alcoholic writer obsessed with the family who has accumulated scraps of information over a lifetime. At the heart of the story are the legends of the family's founding father Ephraim, a small-time criminal in London who somehow inveigles himself a place on Franklin's ill-fated expedition to find the North-West passage. In Richler's version of the story, Ephraim is the only survivor, first through cannibalism and then by persuading the local Inuit to follow his religious cult. The book is deliberately muddled, partly to reflect Moses's addled mind, and partly to allow some surprising revelations to be held back until quite late. For me it is too long, and I did feel that the female characters' roles were very limited, but the best parts are very good indeed.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and Strange A different type of story following the mysterious trail of a mysterious person. Fast moving will want to keep you reading to find out what it is all about.
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