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Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
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Barney's Version (original 1997; edition 2010)

by Mordecai Richler

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    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (UrliMancati)
    UrliMancati: It has been said that Barney is Holden at the end of his life. While the twos do not have so much in common, the reader will definitively love both characters.
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Loved this until the ending. Very disappointed Richler used an urban legend to finish it rather something original. I would have given it 5 stars otherwise. ( )
  Winspear | Dec 27, 2013 |
Un romanzo caustico, eccessivo, anche un po’ malinconico, ma che racconta una storia estremamente realistica senza nascondere anche i lati più meschini e oscuri delle persone.Le lettere che il protagonista indirizza ai suoi “avversari” sono esilaranti. ( )
  Kazegafukuhi | Aug 10, 2013 |
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  cavlibrary | Jun 3, 2013 |
Why does Miriam go for him after he's repeatedly such a jerk? I don't like her because of it. All of his wives have problems, but I think I like her the least. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Apr 7, 2013 |
Una tempesta di personaggi e fatti raccontati in modo singolare. Spiritoso, amaro, colto con un pizzico di yiddish. Ambientato tra una Parigi anni '50 , meta di aspiranti artisti e un Canada, patria dell'hockey su ghiaccio, nel pieno della quiet revolution. Un personaggio protagonista, Barney, che ha saputo rapirmi: mi è piaciuto davvero tanto! ( )
  david-e | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Bekker, Jos denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Codignola, MatteoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Florence, and in memory of four absent friends: Jack Clayton, Ted Allan, Tony Godwin, and Ian Mayer
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Terry's the spur.
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Before his brain began to shrink, Barney Panofsky clung to two cherished beliefs: Life was absurd, and nobody ever truly understood anybody else.
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Barney Panofsky, big consumer of women, booze and cigars, in other words, a man who knows how to make enemies, decides at old age to write his memoirs. And he lashes out with sardonic pleasure and sarcasm and provides his version of the events in his life. Anyone that bothered him is crushed by his wringer of sarcasm. He can however not hide that deep inside, he is a romantic idealist with a nostalgic longing for purity and beauty.
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Barney Panofsky smokes too many cigars, drinks too much whiskey, and is obsessed with two things: the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and his ex-wife Miriam. An acquaintance from his youthful years in Paris, Terry McIver, is about to publish his autobiography. In its pages he accuses Barney of an assortment of sins, including murder. It's time, Barney decides, to present the world with his own version of events. Barney's Version is his memoir, a rambling, digressive rant, full of revisions and factual errors (corrected in footnotes written by his son) and enough insults for everyone, particularly vegetarians and Quebec separatists.

But Barney does get around to telling his life story, a desperately funny but sad series of bungled relationships. His first wife, an artist and poet, commits suicide and becomes--à la Sylvia Plath--a feminist icon, and Barney is widely reviled for goading her toward death, if not actually murdering her. He marries the second Mrs. Panofsky, whom he calls a "Jewish-Canadian Princess," as an antidote to the first; it turns out to be a horrible mistake. The third, "Miriam, my heart's desire," is quite possibly his soul mate, but Barney botches this one, too. It's painful to watch him ruin everything, and even more painful to bear witness to his deteriorating memory. The mystery at the heart of Barney's story--did he or did he not kill his friend Boogie?--provides enough forward momentum to propel the reader through endless digressions, all three wives, and every one of Barney's nearly heartbreaking episodes of forgetfulness. Barney's Version, winner of Canada's 1997 Giller Prize, is Richler's 10th novel, and a dense, energetic, and ultimately poignant read. --R. Ellis

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:33 -0400)

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Barney Panofsky smokes too many cigars, drinks too much whiskey, and is obsessed with two things: the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and his ex-wife Miriam. An acquaintance from his youthful years in Paris, Terry McIver, is about to publish his autobiography. In its pages he accuses Barney of an assortment of sins, including murder. It's time, Barney decides, to present the world with his own version of events. Barney's Version is his memoir, a rambling, digressive rant, full of revisions and factual errors (corrected in footnotes written by his son) and enough insults for everyone, particularly vegetarians and Quebec separatists. But Barney does get around to telling his life story, a desperately funny but sad series of bungled relationships. His first wife, an artist and poet, commits suicide and becomes--a la Sylvia Plath--a feminist icon, and Barney is widely reviled for goading her toward death, if not actually murdering her. He marries the second Mrs. Panofsky, whom he calls a "Jewish-Canadian Princess," as an antidote to the first; it turns out to be a horrible mistake. The third, "Miriam, my heart's desire," is quite possibly his soul mate, but Barney botches this one, too. It's painful to watch him ruin everything, and even more painful to bear witness to his deteriorating memory. The mystery at the heart of Barney's story--did he or did he not kill his friend Boogie?… (more)

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