Solomon Gursky Was Here

Solomon Gursky Was Here

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Berger, son of the failed poet L.B. Berger, is in the grips of an obsession. The Gursky family with its colourful bootlegging history, its bizarre connections with the North and the Inuit, and its wildly eccentric relations, both fascinates and infuriates him. His quest to unravel their story leads to the enigmatic Ephraim Gursky: document forger in Victorian England, sole survivor of the ill-fated Franklin expedition and charasmatic religious leader of the Arctic. Of Ephraim's three grandsons, Bernard has fought, wheeled and cheated his way to the head of a liquor empire. His brother Morrie has reluctantly followed along. But how does Ephraim's protege, Solomon, fit in? Elusive, mysterious and powerful, Solomon Gursky hovers in the background, always out of Moses' grasp, but present-like an omen.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Books, 1998, c1989
ISBN: 9780140277272
Branch Call Number: RIC
Characteristics: 557 p. ;,21 cm


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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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