Barney's Version

Barney's Version

by Mordecai Richler

Arlene Almas: Barney Panovsky, a producer of schlock TV shows, lives in Montreal and has numerous friends and enemies in the Jewish community there, including some who spent time in Paris along with him in the early 1950's. His third wife, the love of his life, has left him, and he is suspected of having murdered one of his old frenemies (friend/enemy). Throughout the story, the author gives us wildly funny satiric commentary on every social and political issue out there (pretentious artists, Canadian Jewish princesses, Quebec separatists, marriage and divorce, friendship and enmity). The characters may be a little over the top, but I got a lot of laughter and enjoyment out of this book.
Rating: ****

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