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Barney's Version (Movie Tie-in Edition) Paperback – Aug 24 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030740112X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307401120
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A feast of nonstop storytelling, and arguably Richler's funniest book yet."—Maclean's favourite books of 1997

"[A] triumph ... at once hilarious, poignant, satiric and elegiac.... Barney's 30-year marriage to Miriam, their mutual love, and the two sons and one daughter they produce ... are the novel's heart and soul... Barney's Version has an embarrassment of riches ... woven here into a wantonly generous, seamless whole." —The Globe and Mail

"I couldn't put it down.... There is no other writer among us at the moment who can so deftly deploy pure dialogue to create such rich atmosphere of period and place.... In Barney's Version, the women are his finest achievement. This is wholly a wonderful novel.... By turns gripping, hilarious, ridiculous and even poignant." —The Montreal Gazette

"A rollicking novel laden with rue, a self- portrait of a creative personality who never found a creative outlet he could respect, a paean to the pleasures and perils of drink, a celebration of ice hockey and tap dancing, a lament for a multicultural Montreal now torn and depressed by Quebeçois separatism and a murder mystery with an uproarious solution." —New Yorker

About the Author

Mordecai Richler is the author of ten successful novels-including Barney's Version (1997), Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989), Cocksure (1968) and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959)-as well as numerous screenplays, essays, children's books and several works of non-fiction. His most recent book is On Snooker (July 28th, 2001). He is the recipient of dozens of literary awards, among them two Governor General's Awards, The Giller Prize and The Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2001, only several months before his death on July 3rd, 2001.

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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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Loved this book. Another great read from Mordecai Richler.
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Hi-larious. Probably my favourite Richler.
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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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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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