The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Penguin Modern Classics

Publisher: Penguin Canada
 Duddy Kravitz is obsessed with his grandfather’s maxim “A man without land is nobody.” He sets his heart on acquiring property and does not let any obstacle dissuade him. If he becomes hated along the way, he couldn’t care less. In spite of enormous sacrifices and setbacks, Duddy never loses faith in realizing his dream.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is the novel that established Mordecai Richler as one of the world’s best comic writers. A classic tale of coming of age on Montreal’s St. Urbain Street, it is an unforgettable story of ambition, dreams, and familial love.


“Duddy Kravitz sits alone in its urbanity, energy, relevance, direction and raw talent.”
Toronto Star

“It burgeons with its special talent and vulgar vitality.”
Chicago Tribune

“Richler [is] one of North America’s most powerful novelists.”
Washington Times

“Richler has been praised highly for his clear-eyed vision and his realistic style. This novel will confirm that estimate… the total effect is brash and blatant as a sports car rally – and as suggestive of power.”
New York Times Book Review

“There can be no doubt of [Richler’s] prodigal talent.”
Times Literary Supplement