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Review: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy KravitzThe Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was probably my third time through this novel, although I didn’t read it in high school like so many other Canadian kids. I was prompted for this reread by the Books on Film presentation of the digitally-remastered copy of the film that was recently completed.

I love everything of Richler’s that I’ve read, probably most of his canon. In this case, he writes what he knows: Jewish life in the St. Urbain neighbourhood in Montreal. He portrays a young man seeking, ultimately, the approval of his grandfather, whose advice is that “a man without land is nothing”.

Highly recommended.

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Book review – Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.

Cat's EyeCat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

An absolutely brilliant novel that I wish I’d read years ago, although perhaps would not have been able to take it all in back then. Atwood’s protagonist Elaine expresses so much about what it means to be a woman, and speaks words that resonate deeply with me.

 

The story follows Elaine from her childhood in Toronto during WW2 through her life as an artist, and her eventual move to in Vancouver. Her return to Toronto for an opening of a retrospective of her work frames the narrative as she reflects on the difficult experiences of being bullied as a pre-teen.

 

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

 

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The Canadian Book Challenge

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Hosted by John Mutford over at The Book Mine Set, this challenge is to “explore, celebrate and promote Canadian books.”

We are asked to read AND review (online) thirteen books, either by or about a Canadian, between 1 July 2010 and 1 July 2011.  Full details are at the link above.

I’ve signed up, and while I don’t have a Canadian book in my current pile, I’ll be looking to add them in as I go!  I have Annabel by Kathleen Winter, Curiosity by Joan Thomas and Tish Cohen’s The Truth about Delilah Blue coming up on my hold list at the library and they’re all eligible.

Consider joining the fun.  There are prizes!

Reason #347 to love the National Post…

… is Conrad Black.

Seriously, the guy is smart as a whip and a great writer.  I”m hoping to squeeze his book on Nixon into my pile.

That being said, the Post apparently gets a lot of positive mail about his weekly column.  On Mondays, the editorial board posts a summary of the previous week’s mail and this was printed today:

This colourful note on Lord Black also came in from south of the border.

“Hey! Your guy Conrad Black is good!” wrote someone who identified himself as “Mark in Montana.”

“His latest piece on my loser President is terrific. If his column was some hot chick in Vancouver, I would ask it to marry me. Long live our great friends in sweaters! Oh Canada!”

It was in response to this article.

Canada Reads 2008

The books have been announced for this annual CBC book-fest in February. I’ve joined a Book Club through iRead on Facebook to get through these before the battle begins February 29. I’ve only read one of the books already, and it’s on my shelf, so I’ll start with that one.

They are (in no particular order):