Barney's Version: A Novel

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Alfred A. Knopf, 1997 - Fiction - 355 pages
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Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a major Richler novel, the most personal and feeling book of a long and distinguished career.

Told in the first person, it gives us the life (and what a life!) of Barney Panofsky--whose trashy TV company, Totally Useless Productions, has made him a small fortune; whose three wives include a martyred feminist icon, a quintessential JCP (Jewish-Canadian Princess), and the incomparable Miriam, the perfect wife, lover, and mother--alas, now married to another man; who recalls with nostalgia and pain his young manhood in the Paris of the early fifties, and his lifelong passion for wine, women, and the Montreal Canadiens; who either did or didn't murder his best friend, Boogie, after discovering him in bed with The Second Mrs. Panofsky; whose satirical eye for the idiocies of today's Quebec separatists (as well as for every other kind of political correctness) manages to offend his entire acquaintanceship (and will soon be offending readers everywhere); and whose memory--though not his bile--is, in his sixty-seventh year, definitely slipping . . .

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User Review  - AmberMcWilliams - LibraryThing

Clever, erudite and witty. Sometimes the layers of irony and satire feel a bit forced, and it's occasionally a hard to engage with the characters because the author gets in the way by being overtly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Romonko - LibraryThing

67 year old Canadian Barney Parnofsky decides to sit down to write his memoirs and we have Barney's Version. What a treat of a book. Totally unexecpected. Richeler has created a character in this book ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
20
Section 3
35
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About the author (1997)

Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in 1931. Among his most successful novels are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, St. Urbain's Horseman, and Solomon Gursky Was Here. He divides his time between Canada (Montreal and Lake Memphre-magog) and London.

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