St. Urbain's Horseman

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McClelland & Stewart, 2001 - Canadian fiction - 490 pages
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Long considered one of Mordecai Richlerís most beloved and acclaimed novels,St. Urbainís Horsemanhas now been adapted into a high-profile two-part CBC drama. The attention this star-studded and heavily promoted mini-series will receive will renew interest in the book among Richler fans and introduce many new readers to this modern classic, now available in this attractive tie-in edition.

St. Urbainís Horsemanis a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt Ė 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 Jakeís 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 Horsemanís glorious return. Irreverent, deeply felt, as scathing in its critique of social mores as it is uproariously funny,St. Urbainís Horsemanconfirms Mordecai Richlerís reputation as a pre-eminent observer of the hypocrisies and absurdities of modern life.

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User Review  - Jeffrey Stalk - Goodreads

In my opinion, one of the best books ever written. Read full review

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User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

Five stars is "loved it" on Goodreads, but I wouldn't say I loved this book. I would say I was totally engrossed and fascinated for 400+ pages (though I did take a break after reading nonstop for most of a day of travel). Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Mordecai Richlerwas 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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