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Cocksure [Paperback]

Mordecai Richler


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Book Description

March 15 1986 0771092717 978-0771092718 First Printing - First Thus
In the swinging culture of sixties’ London, Canadian Mortimer Griffin is a beleaguered editor adrift in a sea of hypocrisy and deceit. Alone in a world where nobody shares his values but everyone wants the same things, Mortimer must navigate the currents of these changing times. Richler’s eccentric cast of characters include the gorgeous Polly, who conducts her life as though it were a movie, complete with censor-type cuts at all the climactic moments; Rachel Coleman, slinky Black Panther of the boudoir; Star Maker, the narcissistic Hollywood tycoon who has discovered the secret of eternal life; and a precocious group of school children with a taste for the teachings of the Marquis de Sade. Cocksure is a savagely funny satire on television, movies, and the entertainment industry. This is Mordecai Richler at his most caustic and wicked best.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: New Canadian Library; First Printing - First Thus edition (March 15 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771092717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771092718
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,233,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It’s a funny book, gorgeously so. I wish I’d written it myself.”
–Anthony Burgess, Life Magazine

“Short, sharp, sexy, and witty, it is full of energy and invention.…Exhilarating.”
–Margaret Drabble

“Outrageous and irreverent.”
Daily Express (U.K.)

“A wild, far-out satire that manages to be funny-dirty much of the time.…
Smashing hilarity.…”
Publishers Weekly

“Bright, authentically witty and imaginative and knocks you
cockeyed sprawling in the aisles.…”
Newsweek



From the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

“It’s a funny book, gorgeously so. I wish I’d written it myself.”
–Anthony Burgess, Life Magazine

“Short, sharp, sexy, and witty, it is full of energy and invention.…Exhilarating.”
–Margaret Drabble

“Outrageous and irreverent.”
Daily Express (U.K.)

“A wild, far-out satire that manages to be funny-dirty much of the time.…
Smashing hilarity.…”
Publishers Weekly

“Bright, authentically witty and imaginative and knocks you
cockeyed sprawling in the aisles.…”
Newsweek
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a scathing satire on moral values and the media.. Oct. 7 2002
By lazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although written more than thirty years ago Cocksure is still a startlingly fresh look at morality and the media; too bad it's no longer in print (..however at least here in Britain it isn't hard to find a copy at secondhand bookshops). Without exercising any form of restraint, Richler paints a modern world where prudes are ostracized and sexual liberation has gone wild. The book is quite rude, and so the easily offended should pass it by (..I think the title of the book is a fair warning of its contents).
The story is about a hapless middle-aged media man in London coping with a cheating wife, friends who falsely accuse him as being Jewish ("Jewish-ness", anti-semitism, and paranoia over anti-semitism are common themes in Richler novels), worries over his under-sized member, and a workplace overrun by very strange people. Society is morally corrupt (his kid's advant-garde school is really bizarre), and our poor chump always seems to come out on the losing end. It's a very funny read. However the story seems to move side-ways; nothing really exciting happens. Fortunately Richler's sarcastic wit has never been in better form.
Bottom line: a very rude and funny read. Worth a look.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork of Modern Satire March 5 2002
By "catcherintherye" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
COCKSURE is the wittiest, most amusing Richler book I have read so far. In COCKSURE Richler satirizes political correctness and reverse discrimination. In the world of the book, schoolchildren perform Christmas plays by the Marquis de Sade, and political correctness in general runs amuck. The protagonist is an open-minded Canadian Anglo-Saxon male who none-the-less feels that something is wrong when children perform works by de Sade and teachers freely perform oral sex on school children. Everyone should read this Governor-General's Award-winning book that shows the dangers of taking political correctness too far.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny Dec 30 2001
By "onnistama" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a hilarious book. Those who love satire should find this one somehow. Some of the passages are an absolute laugh riot. Only a Jewish writer could write such funny things about Jewish people. Gentiles will laugh too! If you like Vonnegut, you must source this one somehow.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When written, far out. Now, --- not so much Sept. 22 2013
By Tek Flight Products - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I first read Cocksure, it was ridiculously far out but neat. Now, well it just may be happening. My wife when reading it, had to ask me what some of the words and terms meant.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a hilarious, futuristic novel! June 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book shows us liberalism gone too far, in an outlandish, implausible future which may not be as far from our reality as we think....

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