Solomon Gursky was Here

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Vintage, 1991 - Explorers - 509 pages
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WINNER OF THE 1990 COMMONWEALTH WRITERS PRIZE, SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 1990

Since the age of eleven Moses Berger has been obsessed with the Gursky clan, an insanely wealthy, profoundly seductive family of Jewish-Canadian descent. Now a 52-year-old alcoholic boigrapher, Berger is desperately trying to chronicle the stories of their lives, especially that of the mysterious Solomon Gursky, who may or may not have died in a plane crash.

A rich, irreverent and exuberant comic masterpiece from the author of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and St Urbain's Horseman.

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User Review  - stephengoldenberg - LibraryThing

An entertaining if overlong read. It's a truly picaresque novel constantly moving about in time and place. Very funny in parts but it's shapelessness can be annoying. Read full review

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User Review  - Niecierpek - LibraryThing

This was my second reading of the book, and twenty years later I found it still an intelligent and hilarious, if a bit biting, romp through Canadian Jewish history. Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Mordecai Richler was an acclaimed Canadian novelist and essayist born in Montreal in 1931. He won the Commonwealth Prize, the Paris Review Humour Prize, was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novels Solomon Gursky Was Here and St. Urbain's Horseman, and was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He died in 2001.

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