The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

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The dazzling tale of a clever young rogue who makes good (or at least makes money), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz established Mordecai Richler as one of the great comic writers of the twentieth century. Determined to claw his way out of Montrealas Jewish ghetto, young Duddy takes to heart his grandfatheras maxim that "a man without land is nobody." In his relentless pursuit of property and a big-time reputation, the cynical dreamer lies, cheats, and hurts everyone who loves him. Amoral, yet oddly endearing, Duddy Kravitz is one of the most charismatic anti-heroes of all time -- a man who learns the hard way that dreams are not exactly what they seem, even when they do come true. Abridged by the author himself and featuring the melodious voice of Broadwayas Paul Hecht, along with original music and sound effects, this superb archival recording (which first aired on CBC Radio in 1980) captures the frenetic pacing and sharp wit of Richleras 1959 masterpiece.
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Penguin Books, 1964, c1959.
ISBN: 9780140021790
0140021795
Characteristics: 315 pages

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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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