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Richler, Mordecai.

Markham (Ont.), Penguin, c1969, 1985.162pp, paper, $5.95, ISBN 0-14-007666-2.CIP

Grades 7 and up
Reviewed by David J. Young

Volume 13 Number 6
1985 November

As Richler says in the introduction to The Street, this collection of stories has "mapped out a territory, they staked a claim that would be more deeply mined in my novels." These light vignettes, some fictional and some memoirs, will remind readers of his novels in which St. Urbain Street is so prominent. Although Richler derides his ability as a short story writer, he manages to create the mood of working-class people straining their way into the middle class. The innocent games of the teenagers, the parents' traditional values, the small town atmosphere of the street, all evoke a time that has passed so completely as to be almost unbelievable now.

These stories, written between 1958 and 1968, will serve new readers as an introduction to Richler's street and as an overview of a period in Canadian cultural history, perhaps one that is needed in these times of recurrent anti-semitism.

David J. Young, Vancouver, B.C.
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