Transplanted to Toronto from his native Baffin Island, Atuk the poet is an unlikely overnight success. Eagerly adapting to a society steeped in pretension, bigotry, and greed, Atuk soon abandons the literary life in favour of more lucrative and hazardous schemes.
Richler's hilarious and devastating satire lampoons the self-deceptions of the Canadian identity and derides the hypocrisy of a nation that seeks cultural independence by slavishly pursuing the American dream.
About the Author
A two-time recipient of Canada's Governor's General Award and the winner of Screenwriters Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay (for the film version of "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz"), Mordecai Richler published 10 novels before his death in 2001. He was also a regular contributor to a diverse range of magazines, including "Gentlemen's Quarterly, The Spectator, The New Statesmen" and "Punch".
The much-loved, long-time host of CBC Radio's "Morningside", Peter Gzowksi was one of Canada's best-known and most respected journalists. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, winner of several broadcasting awards and the recipient of several honorary doctorates. In addition to "The Game of Our Lives", Gzowski wrote many bestselling books. His last book, "A Peter Gzowski Reader", was published shortly before his death early in 2002.