Joshua Then and Now

Joshua Then and Now

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Joshua Then and Now is about Joshua Shapiro today, and the Joshua he was. His father a boxer turned honest crook, his mother an erotic dancer whose greatest performance was at Joshua's bar mitzvah, Joshua has overcome his inauspicious beginnings in the Jewish ghetto of Montreal to become a celebrated television writer and a successful journalist. But Joshua, now middle-aged, is not a happy man. Incapacitated by a freak accident, anguished by the disappearance of his WASP wife, and caught up in a sex scandal, Joshua is besieged by the press and tormented by the ghosts of his youth. Set in Montreal, the novel chronicles the rocky journey we all make between the countries of the past and the present. Raucous, opinionated, tender, Joshua Then and Now is a memorable excursion into Mordecai Richler's comic universe.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1980.
ISBN: 9780771075186
Branch Call Number: RIC
Characteristics: 435 p.


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Sep 20, 2013

Set in Montreal from the early twentieth century till the 70's we follow in a non linear fashion the story of Joshua Shapiro. This novel is quite funny ( in mostly a dark humor vein ) and entertaining. The overarching conflict is typical of poor versus rich and who is more moral however it was well written and definitely filled with Canadiana. An enjoyable book with good characterization and plotting.

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