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Belling the Cat

Essays, Reports & Opinions

by Mordecai Richler

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essays, canadian, jewish
list price: $19.95
published: 1999
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada

"More than forty years of scribble, scribble, scribble, and I have been sued only once..." But this collection of essays is no less a pleasure to read for all that. Mordecai Richler is an exuberant essayist, with a combative wit and sharp eye, regularly offending some, endearing himself mightily to others, and always hugely entertaining. Like all great satirists, he is passionate about the world in which we live; it's that appetite for life and friendship, his love of sanity and common sense as much as his hatred for sacred cows, that lies at the heart of this irresistible book.

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Contributor notes

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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Editorial Review

"Ought to be shoved into a time capsule so future generations can laugh their heads off.... This is prime Richler, clear-eyed, intolerant of lies and deception, disrespectful of sacred cows."   - The Ottawa Citizen    

"If Richler had had the good fortune to share chronological space with the great Southern humourist [Mark Twain], I have no doubt the two men (smoking stogies, popping corks, swapping yarns) would have gotten along just fine."     - The Vancouver Sun

"A fabulous collection--as politically incorrect as firing up an Export 'A' in the health food store. But you can't keep a good satirist down."             - Chatelaine

"Everything in this book is worth reading.          Richler manages to irritate some of the people all of the time."   - The Halifax Daily News

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