Cocksure

Cocksure

by Mordecai Richler
     
 

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In the swinging culture of sixties’ London, Canadian Mortimer Griffin is a beleaguered editor adrift in a sea of hypocrisy and deceit. Alone in a world where nobody shares his values but everyone wants the same things, Mortimer must navigate the currents of these changing times. Richler’s eccentric cast of characters include the gorgeous Polly, who

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In the swinging culture of sixties’ London, Canadian Mortimer Griffin is a beleaguered editor adrift in a sea of hypocrisy and deceit. Alone in a world where nobody shares his values but everyone wants the same things, Mortimer must navigate the currents of these changing times. Richler’s eccentric cast of characters include the gorgeous Polly, who conducts her life as though it were a movie, complete with censor-type cuts at all the climactic moments; Rachel Coleman, slinky Black Panther of the boudoir; Star Maker, the narcissistic Hollywood tycoon who has discovered the secret of eternal life; and a precocious group of school children with a taste for the teachings of the Marquis de Sade. Cocksure is a savagely funny satire on television, movies, and the entertainment industry. This is Mordecai Richler at his most caustic and wicked best.

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From the Publisher
“It’s a funny book, gorgeously so. I wish I’d written it myself.”
–Anthony Burgess, Life Magazine

“Short, sharp, sexy, and witty, it is full of energy and invention.…Exhilarating.”
–Margaret Drabble

“Outrageous and irreverent.”
Daily Express (U.K.)

“A wild, far-out satire that manages to be funny-dirty much of the time.…
Smashing hilarity.…”
Publishers Weekly

“Bright, authentically witty and imaginative and knocks you cockeyed sprawling in the aisles.…”
Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551995595
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date:
12/31/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Mordecai Richler was born in 1931 and raised in the working-class Jewish neighbourhood around St. Urbain Street, attending Sir George Williams College (now a part of Concordia University). As a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and editor, Richler spent much of his career chronicling, celebrating, and criticizing the Montreal and the Canada of his youth. Whether the settings of his fiction are St. Urbain Street or European capitals, his major characters never forsake the Montreal world that shaped them. His most frequent voice is that of the satirist, rendering an honest account of his times with care and humour.

Richler's many honours include the Giller Prize, two Governor General's Awards, and innumerable other awards for fiction, journalism, and screenwriting.

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