Cocksure

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McClelland & Stewart, Dec 31, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
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In the swinging culture of sixties’ London, Canadian Mortimer Griffin is a beleaguered editor adrift in a sea of hypocrisy and deceit. Alone in a world where nobody shares his values but everyone wants the same things, Mortimer must navigate the currents of these changing times. Richler’s eccentric cast of characters include the gorgeous Polly, who conducts her life as though it were a movie, complete with censor-type cuts at all the climactic moments; Rachel Coleman, slinky Black Panther of the boudoir; Star Maker, the narcissistic Hollywood tycoon who has discovered the secret of eternal life; and a precocious group of school children with a taste for the teachings of the Marquis de Sade. Cocksure is a savagely funny satire on television, movies, and the entertainment industry. This is Mordecai Richler at his most caustic and wicked best.
 

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A bravura take on the sexual revolution in the swinging 60s in swinging London - Richler can still outrage and entertain at the same time - skewering sexual liberation, trendy education, literary Jews ... Read full review

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I discovered delight in the grotesque and the transgressive in this book. I read this book 40 years ago at age 17. Many things stick in my mind: the movie star hung on a hook in the closet, the mogul ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
8
Section 2
14
Section 3
31
Section 4
42
Section 5
45
Section 6
51
Section 7
61
Section 8
65
Section 17
132
Section 18
153
Section 19
168
Section 20
171
Section 21
175
Section 22
182
Section 23
186
Section 24
192

Section 9
72
Section 10
83
Section 11
90
Section 12
100
Section 13
110
Section 14
118
Section 15
122
Section 16
126
Section 25
194
Section 26
201
Section 27
204
Section 28
208
Section 29
214
Section 30
216
Section 31
222
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About the author (2010)

Mordecai Richler was born in 1931 and raised in the working-class Jewish neighbourhood around St. Urbain Street, attending Sir George Williams College (now a part of Concordia University). As a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and editor, Richler spent much of his career chronicling, celebrating, and criticizing the Montreal and the Canada of his youth. Whether the settings of his fiction are St. Urbain Street or European capitals, his major characters never forsake the Montreal world that shaped them. His most frequent voice is that of the satirist, rendering an honest account of his times with care and humour.

Richler's many honours include the Giller Prize, two Governor General's Awards, and innumerable other awards for fiction, journalism, and screenwriting.

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