Solomon Gursky Was Here #2020

Solomon Gursky Was Here By Mordecai Richler Solomon Gursky Was Here Berger son of the failed poet L B Berger is in the grips of an obsession The Gursky family with its colourful bootlegging history its bizarre connections with the North and the Inuit and its wildl

  • Title: Solomon Gursky Was Here
  • Author: Mordecai Richler
  • ISBN: 9780143012641
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Solomon Gursky Was Here By Mordecai Richler Berger, son of the failed poet L.B Berger, is in the grips of an obsession The Gursky family with its colourful bootlegging history, its bizarre connections with the North and the Inuit, and its wildly eccentric relations, both fascinates and infuriates him His quest to unravel their story leads to the enigmatic Ephraim Gursky document forger in Victorian England, soleBerger, son of the failed poet L.B Berger, is in the grips of an obsession The Gursky family with its colourful bootlegging history, its bizarre connections with the North and the Inuit, and its wildly eccentric relations, both fascinates and infuriates him His quest to unravel their story leads to the enigmatic Ephraim Gursky document forger in Victorian England, sole survivor of the ill fated Franklin expedition and charasmatic religious leader of the Arctic Of Ephraim s three grandsons, Bernard has fought, wheeled and cheated his way to the head of a liquor empire His brother Morrie has reluctantly followed along But how does Ephraim s protege, Solomon, fit in Elusive, mysterious and powerful, Solomon Gursky hovers in the background, always out of Moses grasp, but present like an omen.
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    About "Mordecai Richler"

    1. Mordecai Richler

      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 storiesThe son of a Jewish scrap yard dealer, Richler was born in 1931 and raised on St Urbain Street in the Mile End area of Montreal He learned Yiddish and English, and graduated from Baron Byng High School Richler enrolled in Sir George Williams College now Concordia University to study English but dropped out before completing his degree Years later, Leah Rosenberg, Richler s mother, published an autobiography, The Errand Runner Memoirs of a Rabbi s Daughter 1981 , which discusses Mordecai s birth and upbringing, and the sometime difficult relationship between them.Richler moved to Paris at age nineteen, intent on following in the footsteps of a previous generation of literary exiles, the so called Lost Generation of the 1920s, many of whom were from the United States.Richler returned to Montreal in 1952, working briefly at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, then moved to London in 1954 He published seven of his ten novels while living in London, as well as considerable journalism.Worrying about being so long away from the roots of my discontent , Richler returned to Montreal in 1972 He wrote repeatedly about the Jewish community of Montreal and especially about his former neighborhood, portraying it in multiple novels.In England, in 1954, Richler married Catherine Boudreau, a French Canadian divorcee nine years his senior On the eve of their wedding, he met and was smitten by Florence Mann n e Wood , a young married woman.Some years later Richler and Mann both divorced and married each other He adopted her son Daniel The couple had five children together Daniel, Jacob, Noah, Martha and Emma These events inspired his novel Barney s Version.Richler died of cancer at the age of 70.

    308 thoughts on “Solomon Gursky Was Here”

    1. This is an ambitious, confusing and sometimes crazy mixture of fact and fantasy It tells the story of an ultimately rich Jewish Canadian family from the early nineteenth century to the 1980s The story is loosely held together by Moses Berger, an alcoholic writer obsessed with the family who has accumulated scraps of information over a lifetime At the heart of the story are the legends of the family s founding father Ephraim, a small time criminal in London who somehow inveigles himself a place o [...]


    2. What a rollicking humdinger of a roller coaster ride Moses Berger s obsession with the Gursky dynasty pitches the reader from an early 19th century Durham coal mine to the 1980s Eastern Townships, with Franklin s disastrous voyage to find the Northwest passage and the building of a commercial empire based on the sale and production of alcohol with the murkiest, muddiest, most questionable of methods that slide in and out of legality in a slippery and deadly game Five generations of Gurskys, inte [...]



    3. Imagine if I told you the story of Dr Seuss s The Cat in the Hat in the following way Chapter 1 the birth of Thing One and Thing TwoChapter 2 after the children s mother comes home at the endChapter 3 the cat s early childhood yearsChapter 4 the fish s perspective as the cat wrecks the houseAnd so on, and so forth, for 400 pages Reading this book was a similar experience.The basic plot of Solomon Gursky was Here focuses on the rise and exploits of the notoriously wealthy and powerful and of cour [...]


    4. My second Booker 1990 shortlist read as part of the Mookse and Gripes group revisit.This is a novel that asks a lot of its reader At times it s tempting to quit, such is the seemingly random sequence of events and characters thrown into the mix Timelines are not only non linear there seems to be little reason why one passage precedes and follows another.While there are nominally eight sections, each with roughly seven chapters, it would not change the reading experience if each of the roughly fi [...]


    5. E un buon romanzo, ma meno coinvolgente de La versione di Barney, probabilmente perch quest ultimo aveva un unico protagonista che catalizzava tutta l attenzione, a dispetto delle tante figure, secondarie o meno, che pur costellavano il racconto Barney era un figlio di puttana , al pari del precedente Duddy Kravitz, che non potevi fare a meno di trovare simpatico Qui, diciamo, di figli di puttana ce ne sono un po troppi per reggerli proprio tutti Ci vuole un po ad ingranare, perch la storia si s [...]


    6. this was a re read for me but i last read it when it was published 1989 and have a crap memory so all i retained was the barest of strings, and the sense of just loving this story.i have to say that i get so much enjoyment out of reading richler and, as with carol shields, i get bummed fairly frequently over the fact they are no longer here to share new work with us if the word romp were ever well used in reviewing a book, it would be for this novel it s a total romp can t believe i m using that [...]


    7. Bez v h n p t hv zdi ek S ga jedn rodiny sepsan tak neot el m zp sobem, e jsem chv lemi m l pocit, e knihu napsali nejm n ty i spisovatel a ne jen ten, kdo se pod knihu podepsal Velmi zaj mav a neobvykl forma.


    8. Imagine Midnight s Children meets the Godfather Now make it contiguous with 200 years of Canadian history Now make it one of the most suspenseful, fascinating and hilarious thing you ve ever read If you were able to imagine all that, you might have a taste for what this remarkable but unfortunately underrated novel has to offer If you can keep up with the non chronological narration, dozens of interesting characters, and the magical properties of the mysterious, trickster raven that weave throug [...]


    9. This was pretty good most of the way through, though I think it may have been just a hair too long, since by the end I found myself wondering what it added to have the timelines and characters all mixed up, where at the start I found this pleasing As a side note, this book makes me wonder if those who claim great originality for the likes of Pynchon and DFWallace for doing exactly this kind of mixing up are either underread or full of it I am not even sure that this technique was invented in the [...]


    10. What a joy to read How do you describe Solomon Gursky Was Here In its simplest form, it s the story of Ephraim Gursky, a minor crook and forger, who escapes from prison in England and tricks his way onto the ill fated Franklin expedition, and manages to survive the disaster He roams the Arctic, becomes a religious leader to a band of Eskimos in some way he persuades them they are one of the 12 tribes of Israel He eventually finds his way to Saskatchewan, starts a family and then the story follow [...]


    11. This is my first foray into Mordecai Richler s adult fiction I m not sure why, but I wasn t expecting to enjoy it perhaps because being assigned a nearly 600 page novel in the last few weeks of my degree is a bit of a bitter pill to swallow However, I ended up actually quite enjoying it, mostly for the reason that people seem to dislike it I m a huge fan of multiple interlocking narratives, most especially if they aren t presented chronologically Others have found the book difficult to follow, b [...]


    12. Non una lettura facile Il continuo andirivieni nelle vite dei Gursky ti costringe a consultare l albero genealogico di inizio libro pi e pi volte Storie che si intrecciano e saltellano avanti e indietro sulla linea del tempo, mescolando personaggi, effetti e cause in una struttura narrativa nella quale umanamente possibile perdere il filo Il Solomon del titolo solo uno dei tre fratelli che con una certa predisposizione al raggiro riuscir a costruirsi un simil impero ai tempi del proibizionismo, [...]


    13. There were times when I believed Solomon Gursky Was Here would collapse under the weight of some many time lines, characters, and emotional baggage s the novel equivalent of the most exquisitely constructed Jenga towerady to topple over at any moment Luckily it doesn td Mordechai Richler s most ambitious epic novel manages to hold together with stunning skill This truly is an astonishing read, and shows a depth breadth of reach that many people might not have believed Mr Richler capable of achie [...]


    14. I would give it a 5 if I were only expressing the pleasure I had in reading this hilarious and interesting shaggy family saga based mainly on the Canadian Bronfman family, of Prohibition liquor running fame Richler manages to sneak a pair of Jewish con men onto Franklin s Arctic expedition, one of them purportedly Gursky s Bronfman s progenitor and the rest is history sort of.


    15. Une fresque juive canadienne incroyablement fournie et riche Solomon Gursky n est qu un pr texte pour explorer tous ces personnages, de Moses Berger, obs d par la famille Gursky tous ces personnages qui gravitent autour parfois leurs d pens.


    16. In what is touted by critics as possibly Canadian author Mordecai Richler s best novel, we accompany Moses Berger in his obsessive quest to unravel the secrets of the Gurskys, a Jewish family who ran one of the biggest Canadian business empires Berger, the son of a Jewish poet, a drunkard and an unsuccessful writer, particularly searches for traces of Solomon Gursky, the most enigmatic of the three Gursky brothers who saw the rise of their family s fortune during the prohibition years as bootleg [...]


    17. What a mess This was my first and likely last Richler novel I was expecting something a lot coherent out of a man who was supposedly one of the great Canadian novelists This is a ridiculously overcooked, meandering book with little to no focus I think as late as the final few chapters, Richler was STILL introducing new characters I find it pretty infuriating when an author does that The book is far too grandiose in scope He introduces too many characters, too many disconnected scenes, and the o [...]


    18. Can Lit is sort of in thrall to Arctic Narratives , and multi generational epics seem to be a dime a dozen just about anywhere, so I was leery of this book at first But I had read Richler before, and high hopes compelled me to press on despite being a bit confused at the start I had to flip compulsively to the Gursky family tree every chapter The narration is nonlinear, so there s your prerequisite dose of bewildering postmodernism I guess, but I found it well paced and effective.The dialogue is [...]


    19. This is the story of the founding of a family dynasty through the eyes of an outside chronicler, Moses Berger, who is the son of a poet who the family supported Really, the book is about many things an obsession with those who are financially fortunate, living in the shadow of our parents, Jewish experience throughout the world, the North and experiences of the North, family business and prohibition, and, I may be reaching here, who owns the past and who owns Canada s past.



    20. This was my second reading of the book, and twenty years later I still found it an intelligent and hilarious, if somewhat biting, romp through Canadian Jewish history.


    21. Loved this book An interwoven fictional account not only of this fictional goliath Soloman, but also the John Franklin expedition to the Arctic, and an discretion of life in the contemporary Arctic.


    22. A huge volume, the story of a family in Canada A lot of flashbacks and flash forwards sometimes I have the impression Mordecai Richler got lost in his story as there a some passages that are quite long Anyway, this book is an adventure Quite thrilling


    23. I read a significant number of Richler s books in my 20 s I found I wanted to move into the worlds he created and meet these people the ultimate testament of a good book This was my favorite, though not by much.


    24. I really enjoyed reading this Richler is a beautiful writer and knows what he is doing He is also a superb storyteller, and the tale unravels so nicely, it s like watching a spider make a web.




    25. Rambles a bit and loses focus now and again, but you have to admire the ambition of this sprawling, muscular novel.



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