Young Noah Adler, passionate, ruthlessly idealistic, is the prodigal son of Montreal’s Jewish ghetto. Finding tradition in league with self-delusion, he attempts to shatter the ghetto’s illusory walls by entering the foreign territory of the goyim. But here, freedom and self-determination continue to elude him. Eventually, Noah comes to recognize “justice and safety and a kind of felicity” in a world he cannot – entirely – leave behind. Richler’s superb account of Noah’s struggle to scale the walls of the ghetto overflows with rich comic satire. Son of a Smaller Hero is a compassionate, penetrating account of the nature of belonging, told with the savage realism for which Mordecai Richler’s fiction is celebrated.
Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in 1931. Among his most successful novels are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, St. Urbain’s Horseman, Solomon Gursky Was Here, and Barney’s Version. He died in 2001.
“Mordecai Richler has proven beyond all doubt that he ranks with this century’s best novelists.” –Edmonton Journal
“Richler possesses a powerful and fecund imagination. . . .” –Hamilton Spectator
“He is a gifted stylist, with a great ear for parody and comic dialogue…” –New York Times Book Review
“Richler is a comic writer who sprays his personality on his fiction like a tomcat.” –The Times (U.K.)