The Street

The Street

Book - 1969
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In this beguiling collection of short stories and memoirs, first published in 1969, Mordecai Richler looks back on his childhood in Montreal, recapturing the lively panorama of St. Urbain Street: the refugees from Europe with their unexpected sophistication and snobbery; the catastrophic day when there was an article about St. Urbain Street in Time; Tansky's Cigar and Soda with its "beat-up brown phonebooth" used for "private calls"; and tips on sex from Duddy Kravitz.

Overflowing with humour, nostalgia, and wisdom, The Street is a brilliant introduction to Richler's lifelong love-affair with St. Urbain Street and its inhabitants.
Publisher: Toronto, McClelland and Stewart [c1969]
ISBN: 9780771034770
Branch Call Number: 819.8 R399s
Characteristics: 128 p. 23 cm


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What a wonderful collection of stories!
I had never read any of Richler's work before and came to it with the general impression that it would be too specific to the Jewish community of Montreal to hold my interest. But the stories are of interest to everyone. While they are rich in detail of 1940s Montreal and told, for the most part, from the perspective of a youth, Richler's themes of family and community, religion, conflict, disappointment, and loneliness are ones that everyone will relate to.
I highly recommend this collection. He's one of our best.

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