Solomon Gursky Was Here

Solomon Gursky Was Here

Paperback - 2005
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Moses Berger is very young when he first hears the name that will obsess him and drive him on a quest across Canada and Europe. His life becomes consumed with unravelling the secrets from the startling, almost mythical life of a man and family shrouded in lies.

Ranging from the underworld of nineteenth-century London, through the Franklin expedition to the Arctic, to the Prohibition years on the prairies and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Solomon Gursky Was Here is a grand, uncommonly rich tale from one of Canada's best storytellers.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2005, c1989.
ISBN: 9780143051459
Branch Call Number: FIC Richl
Characteristics: xvi, 540 p. : maps. --


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Jun 12, 2014

I am a fan of convoluted, crazy, dense and confusing stories if they are done well. As in, with great characters and stellar writing.
This book is definitely all those things.

Jan 23, 2011

Truly a Canadian novel. Combines the Arctic, the west, Montreal, and the Eastern Townships. Not an "easy" read. Lots of characters; lots of time shifting.

Jan 23, 2011

My favourite Richler book.

Dec 21, 2008

I first read Solomon Gursky Was Here in 1990, shortly after it was first published, and I have now reread it in 2009. Almost 20 years later, I still find it rich in story and character, and both sly and pointed in its commentaries on religion, politics, commerce, culture, human relationships, and what it means to forge one's individual identity in the world. Ironically, the theme of identity is driven home by the title character, who makes few actual appearances in the book, and is elusive and constantly shape-shifting. Oh, and Richler's take on the iconic Franklin expedition is still brilliant and memorable.

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