By Mordecai Richler
Barney Panofsky—Canadian expat, wily lover of ladies, author, tv manufacturer, raconteur—is eventually placing pen to paper so he can rebut the fees approximately him made in his rival’s autobiography. even if it’s ranting approximately his bohemian misadventures in the course of the 1950’s in Paris, his tumultuous 3 marriages, or his winning trashy television corporation, absolutely pointless Productions, he quick proves that his reminiscence will be slipping, yet his bile isn’t. but if he’s charged with the homicide of his personal top friend—caught in mattress with the second one Mrs. Panofsky—Barney’s model of items may not be sufficient to maintain him out of hassle.
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