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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030740112X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307401120
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela B. on Nov. 30 2011
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As always Morecai Richler does not disappoint with his rich descriptions and vivid tale telling, this book is a MUST READ BEFORE watching the movie. Barney is so very vividly portrayed as a man so confused about LOVE, FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIPS.
By the time you get to the end you yourself will agree that he is 'human' like the rest of us, and that we are all fallible .... if you enjoy Mordecai Richler your will enjoy this wonderful cornecopia of words, descriptions and story telling. It was marvelous. Mana from heaven..... again Highly recommended reading for all adults.
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Did NOT like the book at all!! It was all over the map and I'm truly surprised that the movie turned out as good as it did.
Wished I had never purchased the book!!!

So. . . . . . Stick with JUST the movie!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mj Perry on May 6 2011
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For the most part I found Barney's Version tedious. Very few of the characters captivated me and the self indulgence of the protagonist was boring. However, I am glad I persevered to the end, because the conclusion was, indeed, unique, surprising and gratifying.

There is one definite redeeming feature of the book, and that is the portrayal of a very controlling, manipulative individual suddenly confronting the onset of a debilitating disease. The book is written in the first person, and although the individual keeps referring to himself as old, he is only in his late sixties (old in neither the 1990s when the book takes place, nor today). However, the disease from which he suffers is definitely an aging disease, and his frustration is well portrayed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can Lit at it's finest Sept. 26 2011
By Annie - Published on Amazon.com
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Barney Panofsky is an aging television producer who is politically incorrect, alcoholic, caustic, and strangely likeable. When an acquaintance of his youth writes a memoir that vaguely accused Barney of being both a murderer and an intellectual infant, Barney takes it upon himself to write his own "Version".
The result is a long and winding trip through Barney's memory, but however tedious that may sound, it is actually highly entertaining. There is a tenderness at it's heart that makes it essentially a love story mixed with whiskey and bawdy humour.
Funny and sweet while being inflammatory and offensive - few authors could have pulled this off.
Movie Vs Book Sept. 13 2013
By Jack Epsimos - Published on Amazon.com
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Hi,
I was half way through the movie when I placed it on pause and bought the book.
After reading the book and then watching the movie again from the beginning I have to say I enjoyed the movie better.

I know that doesn't happen often and neither do my reviews.

Still worth a read.

Regards
jackisblack
Barney's Version Dec 11 2012
By Helene De Celles - Published on Amazon.com
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Funny and tragic at the same time. It takes place in the Jewish sector of Montreal. Surprising ending. I did not like certain aspects of the book, such as his criticism of the Quebec society in which the author he grew up.
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Wonderful read March 26 2011
By P.F.J.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book (living in the Montreal region for most of the past quarter-century helped me appreciate many of its details). Few books make my laugh, let alone out-loud repeatedly. Highly recommended.

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