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Language  English
Media type  Print
Originally published  1957
Preceded by  Son of a Smaller Hero
Publisher  Andr√© Deutsch
3.3/5 Goodreads

Country  Canada
Publication date  1957
Pages  272 pages
Author  Mordecai Richler
Genre  Novel
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Followed by  The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Mordecai Richler books  Son of a Smaller Hero, Cocksure, Joshua Then and Now, The Apprenticeship of Duddy, St Urbain's Horseman

A Choice of Enemies is the third novel by Canadian author Mordecai Richler. It was first published in 1957 by André Deutsch.

Contents

Plot and setting

The novel is set in London in the 1950s. A group of dissident writers and filmmakers from Canada and the United States settle in England to escape the McCarthy era witch hunt. Problems ensue after Norman Price, a former academic turned pulp writer, befriends a mysterious German refugee and is ostracized by the others. Their rigid idealism devolves into tyranny and Norman decides that "all alliances are discredited." He faces a personal dilemma where his choice of enemies is not clear.

Theme

Richler uses biting wit, pointed irony and elements of surrealism to construct a parable reflecting the moral doubt and decay of modern society.

References

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