Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Interesting Jewish American (or should that be American Jewish) asscent from boyhood to manhood. TAOFDK goes through circles as the lead man Duddy tries to making a (mostly) honest living before being screwed over. Tries to make comeback, succeeds, makes stupid decision, gets screwed over, tries to make comeback by screwing someone else over. Then he reaches his goal, losing a good woman and some friends along the way and right when he could fully look back and realise he'd made the wrong choices in life the book ends. So you never really find out if he regrets any of the things he did, which would've made for quite a good after-chapter, 'ten years later' or the like.
The best thing about the book is the dialogue between all the characters. Rich and hilarious, it gives the story such much added oomph whenever your eyelids are tempted to droop.
I'm giving this a 3.5/5. Wasn't quite a 4 because I didn't think the ending was as rounded as it could've been
I did begin this next week's book, which was The Killing Doll by Ruth Rendall, but I have to admit it wasn't really making for comfortable reading so I abandoned it for the planned 'extra reading' book I took out of the library, which was The Secret Of Abdu El Yezdi by Mark Hodder. It's proving to be a very good story so my review this coming week will be on that. It breaks the 52AZ challenge a little but I'm actually two/three books ahead of the challenge total of 52 so I can be forgiven I think!
File under: Kelligrafie, book review, The Apprentice Of Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai, Richler