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Author: Mordecai Richler
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1971.
Series: Borzoi book
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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St. Urbain's Horseman is a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt - guilt at not joining every battle, at not healing every wound. Thirty-seven-year-old Jake Hersh is a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their childhood neighbourhood in Montreal. Nazi-hunter, adventurer, and hero of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Social satire
Black humor
Black humor (Literature)
Fiction
Dust jackets
Canadian fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Richler, Mordecai, 1931-2001.
St. Urbain's horseman.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1971
(OCoLC)643573007
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mordecai Richler
ISBN: 0394444736 9780394444734
OCLC Number: 148832
Awards: Governor General's Literary Awards: Fiction, 1971.
Description: 467 pages ; 22 cm
Series Title: Borzoi book
Other Titles: Saint Urbain's horseman
Responsibility: Mordecai Richler.

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St. Urbain's Horseman is a complex, moving, and wonderfully comic evocation of a generation consumed with guilt - guilt at not joining every battle, at not healing every wound. Thirty-seven-year-old Jake Hersh is a film director of modest success, a faithful husband, and a man in disgrace. His alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their childhood neighbourhood in Montreal. Nazi-hunter, adventurer, and hero of the Spanish Civil War, Joey is the avenging horseman of Jake's impotent dreams. When Jake becomes embroiled in a scandalous trial in London, England, he puts his own unadventurous life on trial as well, finding it desperately wanting as he steadfastly longs for the Horseman's glorious return. Irreverent, deeply felt, as scathing in its critique of social mores as it is uproariously funny, St. Urbain's Horseman confirms Mordecai Richler's reputation as a pre-eminent observer of the hypocrisies and absurdities of modern life.

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