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Published in London, England. This copy is ex-libris Saul Shapiro. A hustler and a schemer, Duddy uses just about everyone he meets, but he also has lofty dreams.
This cover, with its brash red background, its pulp-fiction look, reveals a great deal about The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Mainly, that it was, from the moment it first appeared ina book desperate to be noticed, to announce itself to a wider world.
It succeeded in doing both. It succeeded, too, in announcing its author. You can practically measure the chip on his shoulder. As a consequence, an awful lot was riding on the new one. In the summer ofin a letter to his friend and fellow writer William Weintraub, Richler, referring to his work-in-progress, confided: In the completed first draft of Duddy Kravitz, Richler recognized a sea change.
Writing again to Weintraub, he said: This is a very funny book. As for Duddy, Richler envisioned a trilogy all about him. He left Montreal for Europe when he was 19 and during his own apprenticeship tried hard not to write about his hometown.
It was a question he openly mocked but secretly cherished. He was delighted to know he had hit a nerve and he would go on looking for them. Besides, Richler had no desire to be a cheerleader for his country, his city, or his community.
Not only did The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz put Canadian writing on the international literary map like no other novel had before, but it delivered an invaluable message to future generations of Canadian writers, especially Anglophone writers in Quebec: No matter how marginalized, how parochial your place may seem to you, if you tell the truth about it, your truth, it will matter.
Indeed, your main job, as a writer, is to make it matter.
For Mordecai Richler, certainly, his time and place proved worthy enough to result in one of our funniest, most scandalous and memorable novels.
William Weintraub, Getting Started: Madison Press Books, Library and Archives Canada, www. His latest book is the memoir Bad Animals:The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, first published in It centers around the title character, a third generation Jewish-Canadian boy living with his family in working-class Montreal.
Montreal, Duddy Kravitz, the main character in Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, is budding in a society where people with wealth and power are highly respected. However, the complexity of a person’s character, like Duddy’s, is influenced immeasurably through his family. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1 st edition) I am a first edition copy of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
I was published in Canada in I am not Mordecai Richler’s first novel, but I was the one that launched his celebrated and frequently controversial writing career. Women of "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" by Mordecai Richler Essay - In The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, a book written by Mordecai Richler, women are represented as if they are of a lower status and importance than men.
These female characters include Yvette Durelle, Minnie Kravitz, Ida Kravitz, Linda Rubin, and Sandra Calder. Oct 14, · The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – Mordecai Richler – The following is a compilation of discussions and reviews from the previous version of our website.
We hope you enjoy these older deliberations/5. Throughout Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, the protagonist, Duddy Kravitz, can be seen as a mean-spirited opportunist who would step on anyone to get where he wants.
Duddy, at times, seems to be oblivious to the people he hurts in his ambitious quest for money and po.