A Choice of Enemies

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McClelland & Stewart, 1993 - Fiction - 267 pages
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A colony of Canadian and American writers and filmmakers, exiled by McCarthyist witch-hunts at home, find themselves in London, England, where they evolve a society every bit as merciless, destructive, and close-minded as that from which they have fled. The bonds of the group are strained when Norman Price, an academic turned hack writer, befriends an enigmatic German refugee. Ostracized by his colleagues, Norman soon perceives how easily conviction devolves into tyranny. Believing that ďall alliances are discredited,Ē he enters a moral nightmare in which his choice of enemies is no longer clear. With relentless irony and biting accuracy, Mordecai Richler maps out a surreal territory of doubt, describing not only one manís personal dilemma but the moral condition of modern society.

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User Review  - Gerry Matthews - Goodreads

Very early Richler. I was amazed now much he grew as a writer in such a short time between Son of a Smaller Hero and this one. The story got a little bogged down in the middle, but the ending more than makes up for it. I highly recommend it. Read full review

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User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

The three leads are set in a love triangle which also opposes two sets of morality and the dichotomy of the individual versus the group. Set in 1957, a group of Canadian and American writers and film ... Read full review


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About the author (1993)

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 Generalís Awards and was shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize.

Mordecai Richler died in Montreal in July 2001.

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