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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.

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From the Publisher
“The most brilliant and exciting new novel in years…Mordecai Richler has written a masterpiece.”
The New Leader
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780771099748
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date:
11/01/1989
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
4.27(w) x 6.99(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in 1931. The author of ten successful novels, numerous screenplays, and several books of non-fiction, his novel, Barney's Version, was an acclaimed bestseller and the winner of The Giller Prize, the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, the QSpell Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Novel in the Caribbean and Canada region. Richler also won two Governor General’s Awards and was shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize.

Mordecai Richler died in Montreal in July 2001.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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