The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

The book starts out as typically appealing Canadiana, and takes a sudden and surprising turn at the end of chapter three when we find out Duddy’s father is a pimp. Is this the apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in this 1959 novel?

The answer is no, and we return to a pleasant stream of Canadian writing taught at high schools across the country.



Some kid. Some operator. Growing up on St. Urbain Street in the heart of the Jewish ghetto of Montreal, Duddy Kravitz is obsessed by his grandfather’s saying, “A man without land is nothing.” Unscrupulous and inventive, ruthless and untried, Duddy is one of the most magnetic anti-heroes in Canadian fiction. His relentless pursuit of property is Mordecai Richler’s beloved comedy about the coming-of-age of a cynical dreamer.