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Posted February 13, 2001
A masterpiece...Pulitzer material (if he wasn't Canadian)
I can't believe this book didn't get any more attention than it has so far. Mordecai Richler's unique yet familiar perspective (an urban Jew in the New World, only Canada instead of the U.S. northeast) is at once dense, comedic, and heart-wrenching. And the ending to this book: I shook my head in amazement for about two days (and probably cried a little, too). One note: If you read Richler's first great novel, 'The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz' first, you'll enjoy Barney's Version just a little more than you would otherwise. P.S. 'The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz' was also a pretty good movie with a young Richard Dreyfuss as Duddy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.