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Fiction Cultural Heritage

Son of a Smaller Hero

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by (author) Mordecai Richler

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
May 2017
Category
Cultural Heritage, Coming of Age, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771073373
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $19.95
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781511316613
    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
    List Price
    $21.99
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781978681750
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $29.99

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Description

Young Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal’s Jewish ghetto. Finding tradition in league with self-delusion, he attempts to shatter the ghetto’s illusory walls by entering the foreign territory of the goyim. But here, freedom and self-determination continue to elude him. Eventually, Noah comes to recognize “justice and safety and a kind of felicity” in a world he cannot – entirely – leave behind. Richler’s superb account of Noah’s struggle to scale the walls of the ghetto overflows with rich comic satire. Son of a Smaller Hero is a compassionate, penetrating account of the nature of belonging, told with the savage realism for which Mordecai Richler’s fiction is celebrated.

About the author

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 General's Awards, The Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Mordecai Richler was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2001.

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Editorial Reviews

“Mordecai Richler has proven beyond all doubt that he ranks with
this century’s best novelists.”
Edmonton Journal

“Richler possesses a powerful and fecund imagination. . . .”
Hamilton Spectator

“He is a gifted stylist, with a great ear for parody and comic dialogue…”
New York Times Book Review

“Richler is a comic writer who sprays his personality on his fiction like a tomcat.”
The Times (U.K.)

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