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Book Title: Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang|
The author of the book: Mordecai Richler
Edition: Tundra Books (NY)
Date of issue: September 2nd 2003
ISBN 13: 9780887766862
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We all grew up with television, right? I still remember when I was a 5-y/o toddler and I was sitting on the floor right in front of our black-and-white television. I was watching a belly dancer and my parents and siblings were laughing because I was having a hard-on.
I also remember the many times that my mother asked us not to watch too close to the TV screen as the radiation it can damage our eyes. So, when I became a father, I said the same thing to my daughter. We all tend to tell to our children those things that we heard from our parents when we were young. We sometimes take those as bible-truths without asking why. I remembered this while reading this classic children’s book, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1975) because the main protagonist, Jacob says everything twice because he thinks that his parents and four older siblings do not hear him if he says what he wants to say only once.
Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) was a Canadian Jewish author, screenwriter and essayist. His 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1990. However, his most popular book seems to be Barney’s Version released in 1997, that was an autobiography by Barney Panofsky recounting his life in varying detail with the ending having Alzheimer’s Disease. In an interview before his death in 2001, he said that his original goal was only to have at least one book that would honestly portray the difficulties they faced by Jewish minorities in Montreal in the 30’s and 40’s. He ended up writing a lot of known and bestselling books, movie scripts and has been recognized as one of the writers who made relevance to Canada’s history as a nation.
When Jacob is imprisoned with scary Hooded Fang as the warden, he does not feel afraid because he thinks that Hooded Fang is, deep inside, a good man. This reminded me of the good-natured Jewish people in concentration camps during that Holocaust who clung to their hopes that the German camp leaders still had goodness in their hearts despite the blatant atrocities that they were doing. Richler’s Jewish parents fled Europe before he was born but still he suffered being ostracized in downtown Montreal while he was growing up.
While reading the book, I tried thinking what could I have felt following the adventures or misadventures of Jacob Two-Two. He is helpless and lost when he is persecuted getting a prison sentence of 2 years, 3 months, 2 weeks and 2 minutes. He must have felt really sad while being brought to the Children Prison hundreds of miles away from the civilization. However, he must still be hopeful because his elder brother and sister gave him a tracker so that he could be rescued later. So, there is still hope that is probably similar to the hope that the Jewish people kept in the hearts while suffering inside the concentration camps.
So, why do children stay too close to the TV while watching? Child psychologists say that it is because their surroundings are noisy and they are very interested on what they are watching. So, they go near the TV so as not to be distracted. Funny, right? If we see them too close to the TV, we tell them repeatedly to sit stay away from the screen or else their eyes would be damaged. Then because of our noisy nagging, they would go nearer. So, it becomes a chicken-and-egg thing. The trick is to be silent, give them space and let them enjoy the show. Having your son with a hard-on is normal be it in the morning when he wakes up or while watching a TV show with a bevy of dancing beauties.
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Read information about the authorMordecai Richler was a Canadian author, screenwriter and essayist.
His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney's Version (1997); his 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1990. He was also well known for the Jacob Two-Two children's stories. .
The son of a Jewish scrap yard dealer, Richler was born in 1931 and raised on St. Urbain Street in the Mile End area of Montreal. He learned Yiddish and English, and graduated from Baron Byng High School. Richler enrolled in Sir George Williams College (now Concordia University) to study English but dropped out before completing his degree.
Years later, Leah Rosenberg, Richler's mother, published an autobiography, The Errand Runner: Memoirs of a Rabbi's Daughter (1981), which discusses Mordecai's birth and upbringing, and the sometime difficult relationship between them.
Richler moved to Paris at age nineteen, intent on following in the footsteps of a previous generation of literary exiles, the so-called Lost Generation of the 1920s, many of whom were from the United States.
Richler returned to Montreal in 1952, working briefly at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, then moved to London in 1954. He published seven of his ten novels while living in London, as well as considerable journalism.
Worrying "about being so long away from the roots of my discontent", Richler returned to Montreal in 1972. He wrote repeatedly about the Jewish community of Montreal and especially about his former neighborhood, portraying it in multiple novels.
In England, in 1954, Richler married Catherine Boudreau, a French-Canadian divorcee nine years his senior. On the eve of their wedding, he met and was smitten by Florence Mann (née Wood), a young married woman.
Some years later Richler and Mann both divorced and married each other. He adopted her son Daniel. The couple had five children together: Daniel, Jacob, Noah, Martha and Emma. These events inspired his novel Barney's Version.
Richler died of cancer at the age of 70.
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