Monday, June 6, 2011

Barney's Version, by Mordecai Richler

I disovered this book via The Thrilling Detective Blog which is updated infrequently, but often when it is I find a new book to read or author to check out.  I don't always like the suggestions, but when I do I often really like this.
That's the case this time with Barney's Version.  A book (and author) I'd never heard of, which turned out to be a really enjoyable read.  There is an underlying mystery in the book, but it is really secondary to just seeing the story of Barney's life unfold (at least his version) through ups and downs, wives and friends, successes and failures.  It's hard to describe, but I really enjoyed it and did not want to put it down at night.  Don't let the two weeks it took me to read the book fool you, it is merely a reflection of my taking my time with this one, and only reading a few pages at at time before bed.  I had probably only read half of the book over the first 13 days before polishing it off with an all-day reading session on the beach.
I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't see where the underlying mystery was going.  I feel like I'm generally pretty good at catching these things and in hindsight (of course) it seems obvious.  But I missed it, which made the ending that much better/funnier/more of a surprise.

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