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St. Urbain's Horseman

St. Urbain's Horseman

by Mordecai Richler
     
 

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St. Urbains Horseman is a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt – guilt at not joining every battle, at not healing every wound. Thirty-seven-year-old Jake Hersh is a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their

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St. Urbains Horseman is a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt – guilt at not joining every battle, at not healing every wound. Thirty-seven-year-old Jake Hersh is a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their childhood neighbourhood in Montreal. Nazi-hunter, adventurer, and hero of the Spanish Civil War, Joey is the avenging horseman of Jake’s impotent dreams. When Jake becomes embroiled in a scandalous trial in London, England, he puts his own unadventurous life on trial as well, finding it desperately wanting as he steadfastly longs for the Horseman’s glorious return. Irreverent, deeply felt, as scathing in its critique of social mores as it is uproariously funny, St. Urbains Horseman confirms Mordecai Richler’s reputation as a pre-eminent observer of the hypocrisies and absurdities of modern life.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
What a rich pleasure this novel is! Its humor, whether tart or tender, is splendid. All its characters are real and rendered with the deepest compassion. Its prose moves with grace. Its grasp of truth is absolutely secure.
Thomas Lask
...a work that is nastily witty, scatalogically outrageous, sometimes poignantly moving and deeply serious in a defensively light-hearted way.... He can write page after page of crackling and neat satire.
The New York Times
From the Publisher
“The most brilliant and exciting new novel in years…Mordecai Richler has written a masterpiece.”
The New Leader

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551995625
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date:
12/17/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
813 KB

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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