The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: Penguin Modern Classics

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From Mordecai Richler, one of the greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, Duddy Kravitz -- in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. Duddy -- the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family in Montreal -- is combative, amoral, scheming, a liar, and totally hilarious. From his street days tormenting teachers at the Jewish academy to his time hustling four jobs at once in a grand plan to "be somebody," Duddy learns about living -- and the lesson is an outrageous roller-coaster ride through the human comedy. As Richler turns his blistering commentary on love, money, and politics, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz becomes a lesson for us all...in laughter and in life.

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Determined to claw his way out of Montreal's Jewish ghetto, young Duddy Kravitz takes to heart his grandfather's maxim that "a man without land is nobody." In his relentless pursuit of property and a big-time reputation, this cynical dreamer lies, cheats, and hurts everyone who loves him.

Ruthless and yet oddly endearing, Duddy 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 come true.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz established Richler as one of North America's great comic writers. Abridged by ther author himself and featuring the melodious voice of Broadway's Paul Hecht, this superb archival recording captures the frenetic pacing and sharp wit of the 1959 masterpiece.

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Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) was a Canadian author, scriptwriter, and essayist. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, in his early years he lived and wrote in England but returned to Canada in 1972. He was the author of ten novels, including Barney's Version (1997), Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989), Cocksure (1968), and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), as well as numerous screenplays, essays, children's books, and several works of non-fiction. Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer, playwright, and actor. Her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, and was selected for Oprah's Book Club. Her second novel, The Way the Crow Flies, won the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award. She lives in Toronto.

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