Barney's Version

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Vintage Canada, 2010 - 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 Version is 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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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

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About the author (2010)

Mordecai Richler is the author of ten successful 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. His most recent book is On 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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