B efore beauty and the beast, before the little mermaid, aladdin, pocahontas and enchanted, there was the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz three decades ago, future disney composer alan menken, fresh from his off-broadway smash little shop of horrors , agreed to score a musical based on mordecai richler's breakout novel. [on the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz (1974)] it was the first time i'd ever seen myself in a feature film as a lead, and all i could remember was the bad moments that i didn't succeed at i didn't really see the film and the performance as a whole until about ten years later. Duddy's amoral business associates are masters of ruthlessness and deceit, and his family members are enfeebled by the society they live in trained at the hands of these cripples, duddy kravitz is unable to complete his apprenticeship.
One of the most popular canadian films of all time, the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz remains a vibrant evocation of a particular place and time jewish montreal just after  world war ii avtrustca. The apprenticeship of duddy kravitz the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz pathfinder database resources a) the learn alberta online resource centre. The apprenticeship of duddy kravitz (henceforth apprenticeship) since its publication in 1959, readers of mordecai richler's apprenticeship have shown wide-ranging reactions to the book from masterpiece to disgusting, the book has received all possible qualifiers between the two ends of the spectrum. It is clear then, that duddy has failed in his apprenticeship and has become the scheming little bastard that uncle benjy has warned him against there is no doubt that duddy is very shrewd and clever, but his lack of moral principles attributes to his final failure.
Duddy kravitz is a third generation jewish immigrant who reminds me of kevin spacey's character in house of cards although duddy is only a teenager growing up in 1950s montreal, he is amoral, scheming, conniving, sly, and even amusing.
As one of canada's most accomplished writers, mordecai richler (1931-2001) was known for his sharp tongue and social commentary more than just a novelist, richler was a prolific contributor magazines and periodicals. Richler is best known for the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz, the story of a montreal boy's attempt to outfox society (see also clc , vols 3, 5, and contemporary authors , vols 65-68. The discussion of duddy kravitz is more conventional and derivative, yet effectively underlines the mixture of aggressiveness and insecurity (p 86) in richler's 'spiky' innocent but the exact tones, the easy vitality, ofrichler's first complete comedy remain untouched by davidson's solemnity and thematic concentration.
Apprenticeship of duddy kravitz is the best known novel by one of canada's preeminent authors in duddy, mordecai richler has created an unforgettable character duddy is an ambitious, driven young man from montreal's st urbain's district who will do anything to get ahead, but at what cost.
Penguin modern classics apprenticeship of duddy kravitz by mordecai richler from mordecai richler, one of the greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters, duddy kravitz — in a novel that belongs in the pantheon of seminal twentieth century books. Apprenticeship of duddy kravitz is one of richler's earlier and better known (thanks to the 1970s film adaptation) works the story centers around a young jewish teenager (duddy), a very abrasive and aggressive boy, striving to make money in order to buy land (thinking, like his grandpa, that if you don't own land you ain't nuttin'.
-woodcock, george (author) mordecai richler's the apprenticeship of duddy kravitz is one of the finest pieces of satire in the canadian literary canon there are a multitude of targets for richler's satire within this novel, but materialism, human hypocrisy, and wannabe-intellectualism are of particular interest.