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The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz
The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some are better off never having heard of this book.., May 28 1999
I read this book twice.Once in high school,where we "dissected" the book as English teachers do with their students, and the second time as a personal read to get more of a feeling to it. True,it does paint a realistic portrayal of Jewish life in Montreal,and the language isn't that hard except for the occasional yiddish thrown in. Basically, we are rooting for an "anti-hero" throughout the novel, a clumsy suppressed 19 year old. Duddy's character had his flaws as we humans do but there was something about the book which I did not like. Was it the style of the prose or the odd setting..I am not sure which. The only thing which I got out of the book was my likeness for the hilarious character of Friar,the Film director. I have no idea why this book went on to get critical acclaim. Mr.Richler has written much much better books like "The Acrobats" or "Barney's Vision" which I am currently reading. I guess I would recommend the book, if you can't find something better or worthwhile to read...otherwise..leave it alone. It's not worth the effort.

The Cunning Man
The Cunning Man
by Robertson Davies
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a precise definite tour de force from start to finish, April 29 1998
This review is from: The Cunning Man (Paperback)
Davies creates the types of Characters who have a firm head on their shoulders but still belong somewhere on the throne of Olympus. his "supermen" are just something else. it is the type of life a doctor would like to live forever.mystical,practical and coyful. the book is a dream to be decrypted by the reader.

Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel García Márquez
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously entertaining and rich in intricate detail!, April 29 1998
Garcia Marquez makes the art of the illusionistic surreal seem realistic at the pace of a snail. Fabulously written, the book takes you through a journey of unparalleled proportions that you have probably never been on. a delightful read,an intimate and sincere look at the characters give the reader the feeling of being one with the characters. you almost feel as if you are one of Dr.Urbino's patients. a must read for an enthusiast of life.

Birthday Letters
Birthday Letters
by HUGHES Ted
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of litrary reasoning,, April 29 1998
This review is from: Birthday Letters (Hardcover)
Hughes' poetry is subtle, taking on the mask of the poet's worse fears. In talking about the death of a loved one,Hughes through the gift of beautful words speaks to us through a shadow. intimate and close yet at the same time away from the individual. Plath's relationship with Hughes is well explained from Hughes' point of view. It is his love for her that brings out the richness of the fabric that he has woven for over 35 years. a beautiful, entertaining look at the love of some forgotten one ,long time ago. I recommend this book to people who struggle to find the illusions, and abstract happiness in life.

Fifth Business (Deptford Trilogy)
Fifth Business (Deptford Trilogy)
by Robertson. Davies
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously entertaining-a rich blend of mythology and life., April 15 1998
One of the best books I have ever read, and this is a statement i dont pass on a lot of books as i read widely. i recommend this to anyone who is young at heart. the book can be read in two ways, you can simply read it for pleasure or read it for the jungian psycholofy aspect. what many people dont know is that Davies' was a jungian believr and the charecteristics of the anima is nicely portrayed in this novel. anima being the subconcious mind of the individual. thoroughly fascinating and incredulously interesting. dont ge t put off by the first chapter. Davies' tends to start off slowly but it picks up from there.

Lord Valentine's Castle
Lord Valentine's Castle
by Robert Silverberg
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most provacatively entertaining books of the deca, Feb. 17 1998
I first read this brilliant masterpiece in the middle of my exams when i was in grade 4. and i failed them because of this book.A wickedly entertaing and fascinating novel,it explores the dark conciousness of the human mind and tells of the troubles of a man to get back what he rightly deserves and how he goes on about his dealings of life with the people around him who he comes to accept as his family. Just to feel the magic again,I had to read the book a second time and I'm one of those type of people who don't read thier books twice. i recommend this book for any one who is young at heart and is ready for an absorbing novel which will take you to the depth's of that glorious thing that man calls the mind.

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