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Get this from a library! Barney's version. [Mordecai Richler] -- Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a. Barney Panofsky—Canadian expat, wily lover of women, writer, television producer, raconteur—is finally putting pen to paper so he can rebut. Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a major Richler novel, the most personal and.
Barney is raised a secular Jew in Montreal in a blue-collar family of a police detective, which represented quite a success for a meat-cutter with a 7th grade education. In public school, Barney is inspired by literature, but spends more time in lustful fantasies about his teacher than in scholarly achievement.
He ends up pursuing a track toward the business of food exporting, but he keeps a lifelong connection with one friend who pursues a literary career, Bernard Moscovitch aka Boogie. He and Boogie escape Canada for a decadent sojourn in Paris in the 50s, trying to suck up as much culture as possible while pursuing women and drunken or hashish-ridden debauchery with its bohemian literary crowd.
It is there he hooks up with his flaky first wife and artist, Clara, and there he first collides with his lifelong nemesis, Terry McIver.
While Boogie becomes famous for his charisma and a few promising short stories, McIver is on his way to becoming a best-selling and prize-winning novelist, as well as in insufferable snob and egomaniac. A reliable witness.
His novels are uniformly pedestrian, earnest, as unappetizing as health food, and, it goes without saying, devoid of humour. The characters in these novels are so wooden they could be used for kindling. It is only in his journals that fantasy comes into play.
From his time of his own writing, Barney is distressed by the injustice and ironies of his fate: Clara, who despised other women, enjoying posthumous fame as a feminist martyr. Me, stricken with limited notoriety as the chauvinist pig who betrayed her, a possible murderer to boot.
The unspeakably boring novels of Terry McIver, that pathological liar, now on university courses throughout Canada. Dec 21, Pages.
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Told in the first person, it gives us the life and what a life! Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in He died in Ebullient, manic, over the top. Deft, irreverent, and affecting.
It is time to recognize Mr. A rousing spectacle. A novelist at the top of his game.
Barney is very, very funny. The years. Barney Panofsky is right up there with such creations as Moses Herzog and Randle Patrick McMurphy as outrageous swimmers against the tide of conformity. His wicked sense of humor will endear him to all but the most censorious. Raucous but elegiac. You could call her a revelation, but she's already been one, in 's "An Education.
Lewis occasionally goes for broad strokes, he's aware that small moments are more important. Those make the movie, just as surely as they make a life.
The impeccably cast confessional, with a pitch-perfect Paul Giamatti leading the way, nimbly traverses the four decades in its lead character's eventful life with considerable exuberance, visual flair and, ultimately, grace. Lewis "Whale Music" , the picture undoubtedly will draw kudos in its home and native land and likely beyond, buoyed by that virtuouso Giamatti performance.
Not since Richard Dreyfuss so capably inhabited the title role in 's "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" has a Richler the author died in lead character been brought to life as effectively as Giamatti's irascible, rumpled Barney Panofsky.
Hard to like but tougher to hate, Panofsky relives his warts-and-all memoirs, otherwise known as "the true story of my wasted life," encompassing several countries and an equal number of wives.
There's his early, bohemian existence in Rome with Mrs. Panofsky No.
It ends, and Barney returns to his Montreal home -- Richler's signature stomping grounds -- getting a job at a cheesy TV production company and meeting and soon marrying the Second Mrs. To say the union is doomed is an understatement, given that he proceeds to meet the love of his life, the elegant, sophisticated Miriam a luminous Rosamund Pike , right smack in the middle of his wedding reception. With the support of his raucous cop father, Izzie an absolutely terrific Dustin Hoffman , he eventually persuades Miriam to become the Third Mrs.
Barney's son, played by Jake Hoffman, is a dead ringer for his real-life dad, Dustin, circa "The Graduate.
As he demonstrated with his roles in "Sideways" and "American Splendor," Giamatti excels at playing difficult curmudgeons, but in "Barney's Version," he also possesses a stubborn vulnerability that's indispensable to the film's palpable poignancy.Book , schema: Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Panofsky; whose satirical eye for the idiocies of today's Quebec separatists as well as for every other kind of political correctness manages to offend his entire acquaintanceship and will soon be offending readers everywhere ; and whose memory--though not his bile--is, in his sixty-seventh year, definitely slipping.
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Barney soon gets a job back home and meets the woman who becomes his nameless second wife Driver , the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family. Henry Fielding.
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