Son of A Smaller Hero

Son of A Smaller Hero

Book - 1965
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1965, c1955.
ISBN: 9780771075124
077107512X
9780771099700
0771099703
Characteristics: 207 p. ;,18 cm.

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Merteuil Aug 31, 2013

In 1950s Montreal, 19-year-old Noah Adler begins a journey of self-discovery by moving out of his parents' home and into the world beyond the Jewish neighborhood of St. Urbain. However, Noah finds the world of the goyim as confining and disappointing in its own way as the world he left behind, and a family tragedy forces him to question and reassert his newfound identity and independence.

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