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  • Author:
    Mordecai Richler
  • ISBN:
    0771091451
  • ISBN13:
    978-0771091452
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    New Canadian Library (January 1, 1972)
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    World Literature
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Mordecai Richler (January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001) was a Canadian writer. His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney's Version (1997). His 1970 novel St. Urbain's Horseman and 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also well known for the Jacob Two-Two children's fantasy series.

Son of a Smaller Hero book. The son of a Jewish scrap yard dealer, Richler was born in 1931 and raised on St. Mordecai Richler was a Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist

Son of a Smaller Hero book. Mordecai Richler was a Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist. His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney's Version (1997); his 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1990. He was also well known for the Jacob Two-Two children's stories.

Although Mordechai Richler did not write this as an autobiography, the book does include numerous elements of his life. Son of A Smaller Hero is a unique accomplishment for a writer that thought to be perverse in thought. He endured the hardships of St. Urban Street and the Montreal ghetto as well. It’s humor and sadness are intertwined just enough to make this novel a one of a kind. Urban Street and the Montreal ghetto as well Continue Reading. Please join StudyMode to read the full document. You May Also Find These Documents Helpful.

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Mordecai Richler has proven beyond all doubt that he ranks with this century’s best novelists.

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Son of a Smaller Hero. About Son of a Smaller Hero. Young Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal’s Jewish ghetto

Son of a Smaller Hero. Part of New Canadian Library. Young Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal’s Jewish ghetto. Finding tradition in league with self-delusion, he attempts to shatter the ghetto’s illusory walls by entering the foreign territory of the goyim. But here, freedom and self-determination continue to elude him. Eventually, Noah comes to recognize justice and safety and a kind of felicity in a world he cannot – entirely – leave behind.

The present book is about three generations of a Jewish family and in particular the story of the twenty year old son, Noah, and his relationship with his father who is "the smaller hero" and his grandfather, a strict and more orthodox Jew. This is part a "self discovery" story and part a love story with a thirty year old woman outside the faith. The first 50 pages wander, but then the story settles down and it is a good novel. Comparing it to Richler's first novel, The Acrobats, we see a much more focused effort with fewer and more interesting characters

Son of a Smaller Hero is a novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, first published in 1955 by André Deutsch. One of Richler's earliest works, it displays an earnest and gritty realism in comparison to his somewhat more satirical later novels.

Son of a Smaller Hero is a novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, first published in 1955 by André Deutsch. It is sometimes assigned reading for high school Engli.

Young Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal’s Jewish ghetto. Finding tradition in league with self-delusion, he attempts to shatter the ghetto’s illusory walls by entering the foreign territory of the goyim. But here, freedom and self-determination continue to elude him. Eventually, Noah comes to recognize “justice and safety and a kind of felicity” in a world he cannot – entirely – leave behind. Richler’s superb account of Noah’s struggle to scale the walls of the ghetto overflows with rich comic satire. Son of a Smaller Hero is a compassionate, penetrating account of the nature of belonging, told with the savage realism for which Mordecai Richler’s fiction is celebrated.

Kigabar
Mordecai Richler's tale is a compassionate hard-hitting account of life's struggles
in the Jewish ghetto of Montreal where everyone is an immigrant making a new life
for themselves and for generations to come. It is personnel but also
an essential part of the dynamics of identity for Canada and Canadian literature. Understandably the Jewish
community has brought strong religious tradition with it - in this story, many from Poland.
But the second great war has recently happened and they are fortunately no longer living in
Poland. A young Noah Adler evinces the struggle for new identity in a new land by initially
rejecting his family's religion and other cultural/social aspects of his Jewish heritage in particular
defiance to his heavy-handed grandfather, Melech Adler. Such heavy paternal control (no doubt with good
intentions) has clearly played a major role shaping Noah's defiant attitude.
New immigrants can endure a struggle in which new places and new ways can threaten
the old ways that they can desperately try to preserve as their 'on-arrival' identity. But with a
world war in the background there is a new country in the making where cultural
/religious stresses are the spawning ground. Noah is in the middle of this and his struggle is a
microcosm for pioneers in a new land. Here families can become fragmented, even if temporarily.
Let's call Noah a young, impulsive, defiant Montreal Jewish Canadian. His struggle to be free of
Melech Adler and his overbearing Jewish traditions takes him away from his immediate and
extended families. He meets Miriam (a gentile - goyim) where part of his identity quest plays out.
Like birth, life's other end point, death is a defining moment for us; especially if not our own passing. So, with
the recent passing of his father in a set fire he eventually comes to terms with his Jewish heritage
and his grandfather's stubborn ways not in anger but with a kind of new compassionate understanding.
With a magnanimous tone he accepts his father's unique brand of practical wisdom and his own roots
yet with a nonnegotiable resolve to move on regardless to new uncharted territory. To some extent this
new information about his father and even his surviving grandfather settles his mind. The reader can feel his
anger dissipate as he begins to know a little more about his grandfather's personal past involving a gentile woman.
Perhaps Noah also sees that, so far, his own life has some similarities. As a young Canadian, he seeks purpose
and associated self identity where there can be some rejection as well
as heightened understanding or appreciation. It is personally epiphanous and microcosmic in terms of Canadian development.
On the grander scale we see Canada in the making and the pain of such new birth at the single family level. We see
family immigration and subsequent individual exploration. Enduring transitions that embrace
new beginnings can compassionately come to terms with origins and old ways in a manner that strengthens the quest. Noah has
taken a critical step in the direction called maturity. I would welcome learning more about Noah's next steps as a tantalizing prelude to
a sequel novel - hence the loss of one star in my rating. The Melech Adlers of this world will pass away unaltered but with their purpose
nonetheless fulfilled. They will have driven new rage and new energy into new directions. Yes, Noah needed Melech.
Like Noah, Richler too is defiant. ambitious and energetic in relating a tale that further defines/identifies Canadian literature
in a confrontational yet compassionate style. This is appropriately an early Richler novel, as there was so much more to be written.
Drelalen
This is a good 200 page novel by Richler and if was a bit longer and had a bit more character development this would be a 5 star novel. As a point of reference, I have read all of Richler's major works and a few of his early novellas. This was written near the beginning of his career. It follows his first book, The Acrobats, which can be best described as muddled. That novel has not stood up well to the test of time, and there should be no doubt why. It is not good. But Richler wrote more than The Acrobats - all better - and the second novel, the present work, is far better and gives us a taste of what will follow later.

I like Richler's work, but from my reading of his novels it is clear that Richler went through a number of writing phases. Contrary to his critics, he did experiment with his writing. If anything his middle books have too much sex or are even obsessed with sex, while some of his later books such as Solomon Gursky are a bit too ambitious or overly complicated. The present work is from the early years and follows his St. Urbain theme. In short, the present book is more like his latter books, even though it was written early in his career.

Modecai Richler (1931 to 2001) grew up in Montreal and that city is the setting for many of his stories. Many of his novels are about Jews living in Canada and Britain post WWII. He is best known for his tales of life in and around St. Urbain Street. That is an area of three story buildings or walk up row houses located just east of the mountain in Montreal, and north of the commercial center of the city. At one time this was the center of Jewish immigrant life in Montreal.

His break out novel wa Duddy Kravitz which is still a great read whether you have seen the movie or not. Still, I like his last book, Barney's Vision, which is his best written piece of work. The novel lacks the edge and drama of Duddy Kravitz but has things in it that make it better. This present short novel was written early in his career and it is entertaining.

The present book is about three generations of a Jewish family and in particular the story of the twenty year old son, Noah, and his relationship with his father who is "the smaller hero" and his grandfather, a strict and more orthodox Jew. This is part a "self discovery" story and part a love story with a thirty year old woman outside the faith. The first 50 pages wander, but then the story settles down and it is a good novel.
Comparing it to Richler's first novel, The Acrobats, we see a much more focused effort with fewer and more interesting characters. Overall, it is similar to some of his later novels written decades later. It is good but not great.
Nenayally
A must read for all thoughtful modern Jews.