Barney's Version

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Knopf Canada, 1998 - Canada - 417 pages
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Ebullient and perverse, thrice married, Barney Panofsky has always clung to two cherished beliefs: life is absurd and nobody truly ever understands anybody else. But when his sworn enemy publicly states that Barney is a wife abuser, an intellectual fraud and probably a murderer, he is driven to write his own memoirs. Charged with comic energy and a wicked disregard for any pieties whatsoever,Barney's Versionis a brilliant portrait of a man whom Mordecai Richler has made uniquely memorable for all time. It is also an unforgettable love story, a story about family and the riches of friendship.

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I had a difficult time with this book and it was very sad....April 1, 2011

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About the author (1998)

Mordecai Richler is the author of ten successful novels-includingBarney's Version(1997),Solomon Gursky Was Here(1989),Cocksure(1968) andThe Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz(1959)-as well as numerous screenplays, essays, children's books and several works of non-fiction. His most recent book isOn Snooker(July 28th, 2001). He is the recipient of dozens of literary awards, among them two Governor General's Awards, The Giller Prize and The Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2001, only several months before his death on July 3rd, 2001.

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