Barney's Version

Front Cover
Vintage Canada, 2010 - Canada - 417 pages
7 Reviews
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
5
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

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

LibraryThing Review

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

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
26
Section 2
65
Section 3
76
Section 4
101
Section 5
105
Section 6
121
Section 7
128
Section 8
137
Section 16
229
Section 17
273
Section 18
280
Section 19
309
Section 20
315
Section 21
348
Section 22
377
Section 23
388

Section 9
141
Section 10
144
Section 11
153
Section 12
175
Section 13
214
Section 14
217
Section 15
226
Section 24
392
Section 25
394
Section 26
404
Section 27
414
Section 28
415
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information