Setting[ edit ] The satirical novel is set mostly in poor districts of Montreallike St. Urbain Streetwith mention of wealthier districts, like Westmount and Outremont. Parts of the story take place in the Laurentian Mountainsin the resort town of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and surrounding areas. Family, friends, lovers and teachers all contribute to Duddy's burgeoning obsession with power and money — desires embodied in the possession of land.
It is both a portrait of a young man who is desperately determined to be successful and of the various communities he has to deal with in his quest: The novel opens inwhile Duddy is still in high school.
He creates havoc throughout his neighborhood, tormenting various people who have offended or insulted him.
Although Duddy loves his family, he often feels inferior to his brother, Lennie, who is struggling through medical school. While he sends Lennie through medical school, he shows disdain for Duddy.
The one member of the family who feels real affection for Duddy is his grandfather, Simcha. He is the one who persuades Duddy that a man must have land in order to be successful. The summer after Duddy is graduated from high school, he works as a waiter in a resort in the Laurentian mountains.
The rest of the staff are college students who either mock or ignore him. One of them, Irwin Shubert, the son of a prominent attorney, continually harasses Duddy.
When Duddy loses all the money he worked so hard to make, he escapes to the beach. Followed by some worried friends, he hides, hoping they will think he drowned. He spends the rest of the night with Yvette, another worker at the hotel, who is French Canadian.
When Duddy returns in the morning, Irwin is forced to return the money. Duddy has always had many money-making schemes: He is thrilled because now he has money to finance some of them. One day, Yvette takes him to a secluded lake near the resort.
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From Mordecai Richler, one of our greatest satirists, comes one of literature's most delightful characters/5(43). In The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai Richler tells the tale of Duddy -- a young Jew from a poor, s Montreal St.
Urbain Street neighbourhood. Duddy is a complicated character.
Duddy is a complicated character/5. Apr 11, · 'The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz' is a wonderful thing. Let's start with the novel. I read it as part of an English Lit class in High School and read it every autumn for seven years/10(K).