The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Book - 1959
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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is the novel that established Mordecai Richler as one of the world's best comic writers. Growing up in the heart of Montreal's Jewish ghetto, Duddy Kravitz is obsessed with his grandfather's saying, "A man without land is nothing." In his relentless pursuit of property and his drive to become a somebody, he will wheel and deal, he will swindle and forge, he will even try making movies. And in spite of the setbacks he suffers, the sacrifices he must make along the way, Duddy never loses faith that his dream is worth the price he must pay. This blistering satire traces the eventful coming-of-age of a cynical dreamer. Amoral, inventive, ruthless, and scheming, Duddy Kravitz is one of the most magnetic anti-heroes in literature, a man who learns the hard way that dreams are never exactly what they seem, even when they do come true.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: ©1959
ISBN: 9780771099724
077109972X
9780140021790
0140021795
9780140252521
0140252525
9780771075179
0771075170
9780143051466
Branch Call Number: RICHLER
Characteristics: 1 v

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claralex800
Aug 03, 2016

Read this book for school. Like everyone else in my class and previous classes that have be forced to read it, I loath it. Duddy has no soul, there are continuity errors, and all the other characters are only marginally less awful than Duddy. Oh, and the teacher whose perspective the book is first from? The one we all though was the main character? He may as well be dead. We never hear from him again after part one.
10/10, worse book I've ever read.
(Can you tell I'm bitter about it?)

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loudem
Jan 22, 2012

The book is from 1959. So it has that feeling. All in all this is a story of crazy obsession about money. What's it gonna be after the lake? The world? Kravitz is a pathetic character lost in a capitalistic way of thinking. He is not a happy camper, always grabbing at straws. and never achieving peace of mind.

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lisahiggs
Aug 10, 2011

The book starts out as typically appealing Canadiana, and takes a sudden and surprising turn at the end of chapter three when we find out Duddy’s father is a pimp. Is this the apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in this 1959 novel?

The answer is no, and we return to a pleasant stream of Canadian writing taught at high schools across the country.

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nouanda
Apr 01, 2011

Great book ! I've seen the movie years ago and the book is better by far ! MR is a great author and his descriptions of Montreal are very accurate.

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