Barney's Version

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Knopf Canada, 1998 - Risk assessment - 417 pages
150 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 Versionis 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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pretty funny, and i like richler's writing style. - Goodreads
The ending still gives me chills. - Goodreads
The ending is great. - Goodreads
I'm in love with Mordecai Richler's writing. - Goodreads
... the ending was good. - Goodreads
It is one book that, I think, has the perfect ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Patrick44 - Goodreads

Awful Boring Trying too hard to be funny and not succeeding. Too much name dropping. I am 70 and still too young to appreciate his writing style. Didn't get past page 10. Life's too short to struggle to like a book just because it is judged by others to be very good. Read full review

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User Review  - Rowena Brook - Goodreads

Had a tough time getting into the book because of the rambling style that constantly jumps time periods. This was an understandable choice based on Barney's age and health, but I felt that I didn't ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
10
Section 4
13
Section 5
22
Section 6
38
Section 7
46
Section 8
81
Section 18
210
Section 19
212
Section 20
220
Section 21
233
Section 22
246
Section 23
262
Section 24
299
Section 25
311

Section 9
102
Section 10
104
Section 11
106
Section 12
109
Section 13
120
Section 14
122
Section 15
150
Section 16
159
Section 17
184
Section 26
328
Section 27
334
Section 28
362
Section 29
388
Section 30
400
Section 31
409
Section 32
414
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About the author (1998)

Mordecai Richler is the author of ten successful novels-includingBarney's Version(1997),Solomon Gursky Was Here(1989),Cocksure(1968) andThe Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz(1959)-as well as numerous screenplays, essays, children's books and several works of non-fiction. His most recent book isOn 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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