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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Vehicule Press; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 10 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550651951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550651959
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #633,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Rent Collector is a stunning debut. I can safely say this, because I'm stunned that this is the first novel Rotchin has published--it seems too self-assured, too well-written, and too wise to be such a thing." --Paul Quarrington, author of Whale Music and Galveston

"This complex, sensitive and erudite story thrusts us into a series of historical, spiritual and religious grey areas.... Rotchin's warm, aphoristic voice... skilfully crafts moments of humour, wisdom and sensuality." --Hour (Montreal)

"B. Glen Rotchin... [uses] an old-fashioned realist approach to tell an insistently small story with utmost care. The result is a genuine pleasure, a first novel of insight and tenderness." --The Gazette

About the Author

B. Glen Rotchin has worked in the garment district of Montreal. His poetry and fiction have appeared in several literary journals, and he co-edited the poetry collections Jerusalem: An Anthology of Jewish Canadian Poetry and A Rich Garland: Poems for A.M. Klein.

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Glen Rotchin spins an ethereal silken web around the clothing business - the schmatte trade, to all who work and love and sweat in it - a web that cocoons the reader in the workings of Chabanel Street in Montreal (though it takes on another name in the book). The hopes, the dreams, the sorrows, and the tragedies of those who inhabit that street come alive in The Rent Collector. Rotchin uplifts the mundane events and the often seemingly mundane lives of his tenants into a brilliant tale of intellectual power. Incredible and unexpected - Rotchin is a writer of force and intelligence.
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By A Customer on April 19 2006
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What a wonderful novel. Rotchin offers a convincing portrayal of an industry whose decline can be attributed as much to its own mercenary nature as a neverending flood of cheap foreign imports.
While the tenants of 99 Chabanel recklessly abandon their identities (their brands, their labels) for the sake of having just one more season, their rent collector- Gershon Stein- tenaciously holds onto his own.
The Rent Collector is a must read for those who suspect that "the attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion" (Stanley Baldwin).
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This novel hit me where it counts - my little universe and how I fit in it. I found myself constantly identifying with the angst and confusion felt by the central character, Gershon Stein. His relationships with his father, wife, children business clients and His Creator hit very close to home - and I'm not even Jewish. If you want to traverse a landscape of inner discovery, spend a few nights reading this book. You will be rewarded and you will find yourself looking at those dedicated men with their tzizes in a more understanding light.
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