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.
About the Author
Mordecai Richler was born in Montreal in 1931. The author of ten successful novels, numerous screenplays, and several books of non-fiction, his novel, "Barney's Version, " was an acclaimed bestseller and the winner of The Giller Prize, the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, the QSpell Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Novel in the Caribbean and Canada region. Richler also won two Governor General s Awards and was shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize.
Mordecai Richler died in Montreal in July 2001. "From the Trade Paperback edition.""