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on April 26, 2015
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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on April 19, 2006
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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on March 31, 2006
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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on April 17, 2006
This little gem of a book is full of surprises. It takes you away into the angst filled world of Gershon, the rent collector and building manager for a rag trade building in Montreal's garment district, with whom you come to share a love/hate relationship with the colourful community of tenants. Gershon's relationships and obsessions make him into an orthodox version of a Philip Roth character.
Rotchin's first novel is a great start for a promising new Canadian author.
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on February 10, 2013
An exciting debut novel exploring the human condition, using the Jewish rag trade universe to illuminate everyman’s needs and wants.
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