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A Choice of Enemies [Paperback]

Mordecai Richler
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April 3 2002 0771075111 978-0771075117
A colony of Canadian and American writers and filmmakers, exiled by McCarthyist witch-hunts at home, find themselves in London, England, where they evolve a society every bit as merciless, destructive, and close-minded as that from which they have fled. The bonds of the group are strained when Norman Price, an academic turned hack writer, befriends an enigmatic German refugee. Ostracized by his colleagues, Norman soon perceives how easily conviction devolves into tyranny. Believing that “all alliances are discredited,” he enters a moral nightmare in which his choice of enemies is no longer clear. With relentless irony and biting accuracy, Mordecai Richler maps out a surreal territory of doubt, describing not only one man’s personal dilemma but the moral condition of modern society.


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“The most versatile and prolific Canadian writer of his time.”
–Robert Fulford

“[Richler’s] words land on the pages like manna, he is patriarch of the cutting line and everything he touches turns into a good read.”
London Free Press

“He is a ringmaster, making his performers do dazzling backflips without missing a beat.”
Time

“Richler has a style which can drip irony, and is unique and memorable.”
Edmonton Journal

“There is no other writer…who can so deftly deploy pure dialogue to create such rich atmosphere of period and place.…He is such a terrific storyteller.…”
–Montreal Gazette


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“The most versatile and prolific Canadian writer of his time.”
–Robert Fulford

“[Richler’s] words land on the pages like manna, he is patriarch of the cutting line and everything he touches turns into a good read.”
London Free Press

“He is a ringmaster, making his performers do dazzling backflips without missing a beat.”
Time

“Richler has a style which can drip irony, and is unique and memorable.”
Edmonton Journal

“There is no other writer…who can so deftly deploy pure dialogue to create such rich atmosphere of period and place.…He is such a terrific storyteller.…”
–Montreal Gazette

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a masterpiece Aug. 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mordecai Richler is one of the greatest modern writers, and his Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a masterpiece; however, A Choice of Enemies falls short of being brilliant. It is, never-the-less, a very good book. Richler presents a great cold war story of divided and shifting loyalties. Richler also makes an insightful commentary about Canadian and European cultural and intellectual life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Feb. 5 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is quite the good book. Not so bad of a job mmmmmmmmmmmmm
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Mordecai Richler Novel March 9 2014
By Matthew C. Dion - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was looking for a copy of "A Choice of Enemies" by Mordecai Richler. Mordecai Richler's name is on the cover of the book, but the book is actually a reprint of a 1917 title called "Defence and Foreign Affairs" by Z.A. Lash. No connection to Mordecai Richler whatsoever. IT is a Nabu reprint and it is not clear how the Richler name and title got associated with this book. Someone is careless or crazy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a masterpiece Aug. 24 2001
By "catcherintherye" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mordecai Richler is one of the greatest modern writers, and his Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a masterpiece; however, A Choice of Enemies falls short of being brilliant. It is, never-the-less, a very good book. Richler presents a great cold war story of divided and shifting loyalties. Richler also makes an insightful commentary about Canadian and European cultural and intellectual life.
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Feb. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is quite the good book. Not so bad of a job mmmmmmmmmmmmm
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