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Solomon Gursky Was Here

Solomon Gursky Was Here The elusive Solomon Gursky died in a plane crash Or did he Thats one of many questions year old sexually dysfunctional biographer Moses Berger is determined to answer Long obsessed with the insanel

  • Title: Solomon Gursky Was Here
  • Author: Mordecai Richler
  • ISBN: 9780394539959
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The elusive Solomon Gursky died in a plane crash Or did he Thats one of many questions 52 year old sexually dysfunctional biographer Moses Berger is determined to answer Long obsessed with the insanely wealthy, bootlegging Jewish Canadian Gursky clan, Berger is desperately trying to chronicle the stories of their lives But solving the mystery has its problems namely,The elusive Solomon Gursky died in a plane crash Or did he Thats one of many questions 52 year old sexually dysfunctional biographer Moses Berger is determined to answer Long obsessed with the insanely wealthy, bootlegging Jewish Canadian Gursky clan, Berger is desperately trying to chronicle the stories of their lives But solving the mystery has its problems namely, the Gurskys confusing convoluted family tree Bergers own unyielding fondness for alcohol This is an irreverent, labyrinthine, bitingly hilarious work of brilliant invention Extravagantly adventurous malevolently comic.

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    1. Hugh on said:

      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 plac [...]

    2. ·Karen· on said:

      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, in [...]

    3. Makis Dionis on said:

      Έπος. Έπος. Έπος. Ένα σύμπαν δημιουργημένο πάνω στις εβραϊκές γραφές, στημένο σε 4 γενιές μεταναστών που κάνουν τα πάντα για την επιβίωση, αναγνωρίζοντας κ αξιοποιώντας κάθε ευκαιρία που η ζωή θα προσφέρει. Χωρίς να χάνουν φυσικά ποτέ την ευκαιρία να υποδηλώσουν και την κυρι [...]

    4. K on said:

      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 notori [...]

    5. Jonathan Pool on said:

      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 (roughl [...]

    6. Arwen56 on said:

      E’ un buon romanzo, ma meno coinvolgente de La versione di Barney, probabilmente perché 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 in [...]

    7. Jennifer on said:

      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 [...]

    8. Dymbula on said:

      Bez váhání pět hvězdiček. Sága jedné rodiny sepsaná tak neotřelým způsobem, že jsem chvílemi měl pocit, že knihu napsali nejméně čtyři spisovatelé a ne jen ten, kdo se pod knihu podepsal. Velmi zajímavá a neobvyklá forma.

    9. Ben on said:

      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 [...]

    10. Nicole on said:

      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 t [...]

    11. Bill on said:

      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 f [...]

    12. Clementine on said:

      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 fol [...]

    13. Sara on said:

      Non è una lettura facile. Il continuo andirivieni nelle vite dei Gursky ti costringe a consultare l'albero genealogico di inizio libro più e più 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 è umanamente possibile perdere il filo. Il Solomon del titolo è solo uno dei tre fratelli che con una certa predisposizione al raggiro riuscirà a costruirsi un simil impero ai tempi de [...]

    14. Daniel Kukwa on said:

      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 [...]

    15. Merilee on said:

      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.

    16. Rivière Cécile on said:

      Une fresque juive canadienne incroyablement fournie et riche. Solomon Gursky n'est qu'un prétexte pour explorer tous ces personnages, de Moses Berger, obsédé par la famille Gursky à tous ces personnages qui gravitent autour -parfois à leurs dépens.

    17. Karlo Mikhail on said:

      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 bo [...]

    18. Grant on said:

      What a mess! This was my first and likely last Richler novel. I was expecting something a lot more 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 scen [...]

    19. 1.1 on said:

      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 dialog [...]

    20. Ironical Dins on said:

      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 more 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.

    21. Nafiza on said:

      I didn't care for the book but it's well written. Vast. So my liking of it has no bearing on its genius.

    22. Mag on said:

      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.

    23. Raynald Provost on said:

      Pour qui est Montréalais ce livre est un trésor, si on connaît les acteurs: la haute bourgeoisie juive, les Anglos paumés des cantons de l'est, les petits québécois, les parvenus, les politiciens corrompusRichler écorche tout le monde. Ajoutez une image qui va me rester: ces Inuits juifs orthodoxes qui préfère mourir de faim plutôt que de manger des yeux de phoques non cacher.

    24. Tony Desantis on said:

      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.

    25. Elodie MJ C. on said:

      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 !

    26. Larry R on said:

      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.

    27. Rachel on said:

      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.

    28. Rose Fazari on said:

      very hard to following to many characters thrown at you all at once

    29. Tyler Jones on said:

      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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